Solar Poem Machine as Weapon for Native Youth to Combat Oppression

Interesting excerpt from this grant announcement:

“Data Champions – Projects that connect Native youth through apprenticeship or other models with the fields of technology, research, and evaluation as a means to develop their skills and knowledge to design and improve tribal data (information) and other systems to generate accurate and reliable tribal-level data that is meaningful for Native families and communities. Such projects could include peer-to-peer learning about the use of ‘data’ in national and local policy making; the value of connecting data across areas such as education, health, and justice systems to support programming and supports for Native youth; the development of model local data policies that address data collection and use at the tribal level in ways that are informed by youth priorities; and development of ‘promising practices’ in Native data collection and use that can inform how government agencies collect or create information in ways that support downstream information processing and dissemination activities to Native American communities.”


The Solar Poem Machine can be adapted to engaging Native American Youth.  I created a solar light data collector from the machine recently



and plotted the data in R:

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 7.51.32 AM Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 7.47.15 AM …also discovered that Alahandro, Henry’s 5 year old son loves playing Minecraft on the Solar Poem Machine.  Here is a Guardian article on teaching sustainability in Minecraft.

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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