On January 21, 2013, The Tech Museum of Innovation is partnering with We Care Solar to launch an innovative hands-on program that gives youth a chance to link science and technology with international philanthropy. The newly opened TechLab will host the first “We Share Solar Suitcase” assembly program, allowing students to build rugged and compact solar electric kits destined for schools and orphanages in the developing world that currently have no power.
40 teenage girl scouts from the San Jose area will spend the day in the TechLab wiring and configuring the portable solar power systems. Two of the systems will be donated to schools that have no electricity in Sierra Leone through a non-profit group called Schools for Salone. Other Solar Suitcases will be sent to the New Hope Orphanage in Uganda.