The solar-powered digital classrooms can travel self-sufficiently between rural African communities. The initiative's first classroom is housed in a 40-foot shipping container outfitted with solar panels and a power management system designed for extended use.
Inside each classroom, workstations are stocked with refurbished laptops, routers, a large LED display screen, and a printer. The trucks will be stocked by Close the Gap through their Project Cycle program, which distributes donate and refurbished electronics.
The classrooms can accommodate up to 18 students and can run off solar energy and battery reserves for days at a time. DigiTruck can also morph into other spaces, such as a mobile health center or a training space, to adapt to community needs.
The pilot model was built by local workers in Arusha, Tanzania and is currently used by a local orphanage. Close the gap hopes to build a fleet of the trucks in the next few years.
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