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the make glow service


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MAKE GLOW BUILD AND LEARN PROGRAM

Collaborating with potential NGOs and partners like Teach For India, the Make Glow Build and Learn program can be integrated in the curriculum of schools from low-income rural communities in India.


 
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WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE MAKE GLOW BUILD AND LEARN PROGRAM?

This program is meant for students between 13-17 years. The students will trace the Make Glow template on discarded cardboard (that could be sourced from local recycling centres, offices and retail stores). Students will cut the form using x-acto knives. A Make Glow teaching guide/ solar curriculum will help train teachers guide students through the program. The teachers will instruct students about folding and placing solar LED components on the cardboard structure. Meanwhile, concepts of solar technology, renewable energy and building circuits will be taught to students during the activity. Taking precautions while connecting electrical components and using lead-free soldering techniques, students will complete the circuits and fold the cardboard, building their own Make Glow solar lanterns.


 
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END OF PROGRAM SALE

At the end of the program, the entire class of students will set up a sale where they will exhibit their Make Glow lanterns and sell it to other people in their communities for a very low cost. (The low cost is achieved because Make Glows lanterns use discarded cardboard and its DIY nature eliminates labour and transportation costs). 


the make glow impact

reduced cost

Studies have shown that the external casing and assembly of solar lanterns account for 30% of the total cost. This is being cut down in a Make Glow lamp lowering the overall cost by $10-$20 to $5-$6

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creates awareness

Through educating school children and creating interests towards solar green jobs, their families gain insights into solar technology. Every student has to potential to impact at least 2-8 other others in their household from low-income rural communities.

knowledge addition for students

The hands-on approach to building solar lanterns and electrical circuits helps students understand the working mechanics and gain design-build skills. Also, the process of sales engagement and marketing while selling lanterns as part of the class sale helps build entrepreneurship skills among students.

effective channel of distribution

Through setting up an end-of-program sale for low-income communities, solar lanterns are made available to people from low-income communities at a very low cost. 

self-sustaining

This concept empowers schools by helping them generate funds through selling solar lanterns. These funds can be used to purchase components to make Make Glow kits for the next batch of students.