Thursday, September 09, 2010
Here is an example of great PR -- designing basic solutions for people in Third World countries. In this case, engineering students from Dartmouth are trying to design and build a better stove for natives of Tanzania. They are doing so by going to the villagers and observing how they prepare food and testing stove designs directly with them. It turns out that a simple stove using firewood is more difficult to build than one might think. The experience is good for the students and potentially better for the villagers if they get a better cooking tool from the students' work. There ought to be more programs such as this.