Solar Workshops, an Observatory, Assistive Tech and More in Alberta, Canada

Picture1The Southern Alberta Section SIGHT in Canada used a $20,000 grant to develop solar electrification workshops, mobile, computer hardware maintenance, and basic science and mathematics modules to teach kids on the Siksika First Nation’s reserve. Now the SAS SIGHT is helping the Siksika develop a continuing education center.

Their work is the cover story in the IEEE Canadian Review’s winter 2016 edition.

In the spring of this year, the SAS SIGHT will install an observatory with a solar-powered telescope in the reserve, as well as an amateur radio station, says Anis Ben Arfi, SAS SIGHT Chair.

Last year, SAS SIGHT volunteers teamed with Tikkun Olam Makers for a three-day Makeathon in Cochrane, Alberta. Eighty participants developed assistive technologies such as a portable track lift for quadriplegia, a chair with height adjustment for a child with Rett Syndrome, a stroke rehabilitation robot and more.

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