Chuuk State Solar Server Education Hub
The PISCES Project was bringing solar powered Internet connectivity and related computing technology to remotely located schools in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
At present, remotely located schools across the Pacific lack two key conditions for realizing technology-in-the-schools project success: electricity and Internet connectivity. To help advance these schools and provide new educational opportunities, the PISCES Project has initiated a multi-partnered endeavor comprising training, local capacity-building, deploying solar-powered computer labs and establishing Internet connectivity that demonstrated the feasibility of an affordable, repeatable, and sustainable solution for connecting schools on remote islands both regionally and globally.
This project built upon the recent success of a single pilot installation of precisely this technology at Udot School in Chuuk Lagoon, and ISIF Asia grant has allowed the project to expand. It has also allowed for recently established partnerships to be cemented. Expanding the project to multiple participant schools has not only proven the concept, it has also allowed for the continuation of local training and capacity building. The longer-term goal was that this project will continue to scale across Chuuk State.
This grant has allowed the project to carry out five additional site surveys and to lay the groundwork for three additional deployments at currently un-connected schools in the Chuuk lagoon.