A team of UC Berkeley undergraduates has won a grant from the One Laptop Per Child foundation to distribute 100 laptops to children in a small village in Uganda this summer, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The team’s proposal was one of 30 selected from among more than 220 submissions from students from around the world. The grant will equip student teams with 100 low-cost laptops, a server, a $10,000 operating budget, and a 10-day training session in Kigali, Rwanda. The UC Berkeley team’s mission is to use the laptops to improve literacy and education in Uganda. The team also will provide electricity to the Buwaiswa Primary School through a small-scale solar panel installation. They will install a server and wireless access points to allow the children to connect to the internet. The remaining time will be spent teaching the children to use the laptops, collaborating with teachers to create a curriculum, and documenting the student’s work and progress. The team will create a blog where students may upload completed projects and document stories and thoughts from their lives…

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