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Engineering Brightness

EB merges engineering and compassion to make the world brighter and inspire global communities through solar powered, 3D designed lanterns.

Engineering Brightness impacts a real world problem, light poverty. 1.3 billion people suffer from unreliable electricity. Through creating lanterns students gain confidence in engineering, electronics, and philanthropy. EB also helps children globally realize and cultivate their unique talent and use it to make the world brighter. Local and global communities are strengthened by collaborating.

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Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2019

Sustainability

Web presence

2013

Established

500

Children/users

11

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Target group
All
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
Engineering Brightness is life giving in the way it fosters a positive learning experience for students, parents and community members while working to provide light for those who wouldn't have it otherwise.

About the innovation

What is Engineering Brightness?

Engineering Brightness is a teacher created concept that harness the potential of youth to impact authentic global problems.  1.3 billion people worldwide suffer from light poverty.  Engineering Brightness was created after Tracey Winey and her students had partnered with orphanages in Uganda and in the Philippines to provide biomass stoves.  At the same time, John Howe and Ian Fogarty had brainstormed ways to fight light poverty.  Tracey, John and Ian joined forces and Engineering Brightness was born in 2014!

Multi aged students worldwide work with and industry leaders and community members to design a safe, hand held, 3D printed, sustainable lantern.  Mechanical and electrical engineering skills are not only learned, but applied, and refined using the design thinking model.  Global collaboration is established through various means: Skype, in country visits, guest speakers, email and hand-written letters.

Currently, Engineering Brightness is in nine different countries.  Over five hundred lanterns have been made and distributed.  Feedback has been recorded and shared on the lanterns.  Every person involved in Engineering Brightness has learned how to be an engineer, philanthropist, and positive local and global citizen.

Engineering Brightness is merging engineering with compassion to impact authentic, real world problems today!

Impact & scalability

Media

Flicker: Making The World Brighter:
Flicker: An EB StoryStudents in Fort Collins, USA and San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala collaborated to write, illustrate, translate and publish a children's book about Engineering Brightness!
First In Country build without electricity
It is the fifth time EB has gone to San Miguel, Guatemala.  It is the FIRST time the lanterns were assembled in San Miguel-including crimping the wires to make the electrical connection.  Overall, 75 lanterns lit up homes all around the village!
First In Country build without electricity
It is the fifth time EB has gone to San Miguel, Guatemala.  It is the FIRST time the lanterns were assembled in San Miguel-including crimping the wires to make the electrical connection.  Overall, 75 lanterns lit up homes all around the village!
Global Collaboration Award!
ISTE recognizes Engineering Brightness with the Global Collaboration Network Award in Philadelphia 2019.  EB humbly accepted the award on behalf of each person who has contributed to make the world brighter!
Ignite Tomorrow Today: Engineering Brightness
https://youtu.be/_93bsK-dHnM
Students shedding light on 3rd World countries
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-l2vTwncio&feature=youtu.be
ADE Roadmaps - Tracey Winey on: Philanthropic Engineering
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfHFd9jpfrk&feature=youtu.be
About Engineering Brightness - Engineering Brightness
http://philanthropic-engineering.org/about-us/
Engineering Brightness: Lighting Up the World
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ZRMvdn_ZQ
Ignite Tomorrow Today: Engineering Brightness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_93bsK-dHnM&feature=youtu.be

Implementation steps

Check out our website for more details!

http://philanthropic-engineering.org/about-us/

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