Appropriate Technology, Development, Fall 2019

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MW, 2:10 – 4:10
Location: Business, 03-112
Pete Schwartz, Cal Poly Physics:, Pete’s Webpage:
Office hours: Pete (Baker Science, 180-608) : M 1:10, T 10:10, W 11:10, R noon, F 1:10
General Appropriate Technology Website for all Past Classes, and in particular Last Year’s “Development Appropriate Technology” Class

Self Interventions: Visit our Class’s self-intervention websitesDon’t Throw Anything AwayEmpathy Self Intervention, Intervention of Choice. Hey, just Email me your interventions. I’ll post them. Please put it in the body of an Email NOT a .pdf please. I will post these without your names. If you still don’t want it posted, please write that you don’t want it posted at all (even without your name).
If you want to see interventions from past classes: Don’t Throw Away Page, Empathy Intervention, and Self Intervention Page

Feedback: Week 3, Empathy Intervention, Empathy Post Intervention Reflection, Complete 3rd Self Intervention, 391 Student Evals F2019

Final Presentations: Monday, Dec. 9, 1-4 PM

Link to webpage Description_of_the_topic_for_others_to_read_about_and_provide_background Helpful Links, References . Names_and_Emails of students
1. Solar Electric Cooking in Pujehun Sierra Leone We are introducing Insulated Solar Electric Cookers or ISECs in Sierra Leone and we hope to tailor the materials needed to build them to what is available here. Our goal is to make these cookers as accessible to the locals of the Pujehan community as possible!


Mark Manary
Contact Spokesperson:
Owen Staveland
Nishita Kandikuppa
Austin Keller
Cameron Cuellar
2. Growing the Solar Cooking Business in Ghana Our team is helping start SolCook, a company based in Ghana that will provide a cheap, sustainable alternative to cooking with biomass. We will be working with our local contact Martin in Ghana to find the best way to incorporate the company in the local community and to facilitate the implementation of his dreams for the business.  This will include the offering of consultations and research on business strategies, finance, and marketing. We believe it is vital to repeatedly ask ourselves introspective questions before every significant decision made by the company so that we remain culturally, ethically, and sustainably aware. Our ultimate hope is that this solar cooking business empowers communities in Ghana and becomes a catalyst for the introduction of solar cooking into other neighboring countries. Pete, Martin, Esther (from Asheshi), Josephine, and Others Contact / Spokesperson: Grace, Annike, Luis, Rachel
3. Solar Electric Cooking in Ghana – Dissemination We’re creating a company in Ghana, ISEC Corp., to build and disseminate Insulated Solar Electric Cooking (ISEC), which Pete’s research group has been developing since 2015. Please read about this technology in the publications, and see the videos at Pete’s research website. We need to figure out the best way to disseminate the stoves. Pete, Martin, Esther (from Asheshi), Josephine, and Others Contact / Spokesperson: Jordan, Thomas, Chloe, Takahiro
4. Solar Electric Cooking in Ghana – Data collection and analysis. We’re creating a company in Ghana, or SolCook., to build and disseminate Insulated Solar Electric Cooking (ISEC), which Pete’s research group has been developing since 2015. Please read about this technology in the publications, and see the videos at Pete’s research website. Pete, Martin, Esther (from Asheshi), Josephine, and Others Contact / Spokesperson: Olivia, Jack, Camille, Julia,
5. Solar Electric Cooking, Uganda The Beacon of Hope School in Uganda is currently in need of a more sustainable and abundant way of producing food. Currently they use wood burning technology which releases a lot of emissions and creates tremendous health problems for the people of Uganda. The previous group started the initiative by creating a prototype solar electric cooker that could solve those two problems. Although the prototype is successful in both sustainability and efficiency, they have yet to implement the technology in Uganda. Our mission is to learn more about the academic system in Uganda and start up a club that could be implemented into the Beacon of Hope School. Through education, we will be shifting their former cooking habits to a more sustainable way of living.  Chris Musasizi teaches at this school. Clayton, Ana, Alexander, Sarah F. M
6. Homeless in SLO How do we engage with the homeless here at home? See the work from a past class: Homeless Jill Bolster-White
Contact / Spokesperson:
Kanika, Ryan, Milena, Angelica
7. Sanitation in Agbokpa, Ghana Our mission is to improve sanitation conditions for the people of Agbokpa, Ghana and to enable the community of Agbokpa to eliminate the impurities and create a sustainable, healthy life. Esther Tsegah (from Agbokpa) Contact/ Spokesperson: Stephen, Isabella, Ellia,
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9. Water/freezer in Agbokpa, Ghana In August of 2019, two freezers, a 10,000 Liter water tower, and a slow sand filter, all powered by solar electricity, were successfully installed in Agbokpa, Ghana. Our mission is to conduct thorough follow-up on this new technology, a project that will enable important modifications based on community feedback and satisfaction. Furthermore, we plan to provide the people of Agbokpa with the education they need to understand the technology, the tools they need to maintain it, and the opportunity to make the changes they deem necessary. Nate Heston (
Ryan Alaniz,
Contact / Spokesperson:
Kate, Kurt, Victoria,
10 Starting an NGO in Tanzania Clif  just established an NGO in Tanzania and needs help in setting up the business, website, and planning activities. This is an amazing opportunity (in my opinion) of essentially starting your own NGO. I look forward to what you learn and can teach the rest of the class (including me). I’ve asked Clif to provide more information… he’s presently working to provide me with links and materials. Clifton Hiebsch <>
Contact / Spokesperson:
Cody, Courtney
11. Solving Big World Problems for Tomorrow’s Leaders We’re designing a curriculum and teaching an enrichment class to 4-6th graders at Teach Elementary School that is centered on the Big World Challenges that affect people around the globe. The class, Big World Challenges for Tomorrow’s Leaders, will lead the students in investigating how these challenges impact their lives here in San Luis Obispo and the lives of children in unindustrialized countries. The students will learn about and experiment with existing appropriate technology, and engineer new ideas to address these challenges! Contact Spokesperson: is Monica, Louisa,
12. Food Preservation We’re working on a food storage system that will preserve food in extremely hot, humid temperatures. Our system will keep out mold and pests, both of which are common disease carriers in West Africa. It consists of a protective storage container with a sealed bag inside, carrying a desiccant. The outer container insulates against heat and pests, while the desiccant absorbs moisture within the bag, lowering its relative humidity. This allows for grain foods to be stored within the bag for over 3 weeks without molding. Previous Appropriate Technology groups have tested this concept extensively, so our group is working with Dr. Mark Manary to bring this project to Sierra Leone. Mark Manary


Kelly Kavousi, Carter Spreen, Max Lassiter,
13. Cocoa company in Ghana Little of the economic value of Ghana’s cocoa output is returned to Ghanaians, whether in the form of revenue or consumable product. We hope to address this issue by establishing a chocolate production facility and storefront in the capital city of Accra focused on sustainability, ethical production, and awareness and pride in Ghanaian-made products. Asamoah, Amyra <> Contact / Spokesperson: Michael, Rohan, Jacky, Amanda,

Fall 2017 Project
, See first three projects in Spring 2018 Appropriate TechnologySCI

Rwanda with Journeyman InternationalIn the Sunzu Village, Rwanda, Journeyman International has taken on several projects: built a libraryWater Disinfectant, and Composting Waste at Sunzu LibraryDaniel Wiens ( Carly Althoff (,

Open Defecation
WebsiteVideoSanitation is a very important part of development. Please see the TED talk from SOIL Pete has 10 years’ experience with a bucket toilet. See Design and build project from Spring 2017.NPR Article on OD

Electricity in San PabloSan Pablo is the name of many towns in Guatemala. However, this one in particular us close to 10,000 feet in elevation in the far north, near the Mexican boarder. I had a program there for two years called Guateca. The village of about 1000 people would like to generate their own electricity. They have had their wires cut from the main grid because of conflict with the electricity provider and are exploring abundant microhydro power combined with solar.

CrossCultural Curriculum

CCC Website

We are building a shared curriculum between Malawi and City Cottage in the USA. The curriculum should include all the pertinent contemporary topics including climate change, resource depletion, pollution, human rights, and globalization. There are considerable challenges including cultural and political taboos. You can begin organizing this curriculum. How to you navigate the cultural challenges with controversial topics in the classroom? How do you discuss women’s rights with students in a culture that has different view of womens rights?Charlie Appel ( ), Daniel Wiens

Water for the Navajo Nation; 80,000+ Navajo Tribal members living on the Navajo reservation are without clean, running water, and are living on less than 10 gallons of water per day. The non-profit DIGDEEP works to support the Navajo nation. From last year:
Pumping Water With DigDeep, Kickstarter Video ; From 392 Spring 2017, the design and build project.

8. Solid Waste in Agbokpa, Ghana,

In Agbokpa, Ghana, people largely throw plastic and other garbage on the ground. The girls sweep it up and it is usually burned on the outskirts of the village – the part of it that can be burned, the rest accumulates. What are alternatives of this? Could we do something with the plastic? Is it useful?

Please see a similar project from Fall 2018:
Zanzibar Waste, read up what’s been done elsewhere. You could start with the Appropedia article, and see a little about Agbokpa, Ghana