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UNF Student Takes Techology to School in Dominican Republic

8:38 AM, Sep 9, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A student at the University of North Florida is leading the charge to bring technology to students in struggling countries.

After organizing a pencil drive in 2008 to help students in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Juan Carlos Villatoro was shocked to find many of the students had never seen a computer.

He came up with the idea to create a classroom with WiFi that is solar powered and self sustained, and the CEL Project was born.

The mission - to develop and install shipping containers retrofitted as computer labs to developing countries as a means of sustainable education and economic growth.

"I strongly believe that the computer lab goes to more than just dropping a container with internet and solar panels," Villatoro said. "If you make it more to where what do you teach them, how do you help them the possibilities of where these units could go are endless."

Villatoro worked with companies and other students to design, build and deliver the finished product in August.

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