D-Lab is one of the great programs at MIT. D-Lab fosters the development of appropriate technologies and sustainable solutions within the framework of international development. D-Lab’s mission is to improve the quality of life of low-income households through the creation and implementation of low cost technologies. D-Lab’s portfolio of technologies also serves as an educational vehicle that allows students to gain an optimistic and practical understanding of their roles in alleviating poverty.
OCW is proud to share a number of D-Lab courses, and we’ve just recently added video to D-Lab: Energy. Here’s the course description:
D-Lab: Energy offers a hands-on, project-based approach that engages students in understanding and addressing the applications of small-scale, sustainable energy technology in developing countries where compact, robust, low-cost systems for generating power are required. Projects may include micro-hydro, solar, or wind turbine generators along with theoretical analysis, design, prototype construction, evaluation and implementation. Students will have the opportunity both to travel to Nicaragua during spring break to identify and implement projects.
And here’s a sample of the spiffy new video, Lab 5: Savonius Wind Turbine Construction and Testing:
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnSvSfXUmVs&w=560&h=315] Check out the other great D-Lab courses.