A group of students from the University of Aveiro (UA) created a portable flashlight, printed in 3D, for Moroccan children without access to light. The goal is for children in the most remote villages to be able to study at night and have lighting on the path they make between the school and their homes.
In a statement, the University of Aveiro explains that the flashlight – Lampe – “uses a rechargeable power bank connected to a set of five LEDs. Together with the lanterns, AU students will also deliver two community chargers, which will be installed in schools. Thus, during classes, children will be able to charge daily the lanterns that have an autonomy of six hours ”.
“This is not an attempt to change the world, but to make it a little brighter”, says Pedro Magalhães, student of the Integrated Master in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering, mentor of the idea, stressing that they will offer “something so simple for us, but so luxurious for those who receive it and also need it ”.
The idea came up during a trip for Portuguese and Spanish university students, which is held annually in Morocco – Uniraid.
“Going to Morocco and getting to know the reality of those children alerted us to many needs. It is impossible to fill them all, however it is always possible to do something ”, said the student.
“One of the big problems we saw on the ground is that there are a lot of children walking to schools. In many remote areas there are no roads, let alone sidewalks or decent public lighting. When night falls, there are many accidents, because children do not have reflective material or are visible, whether they are on foot or by bicycle ”, he explains, referring that, for this reason, they built the Lampe, which is“ easily rechargeable and with great versatility in the application ”.
In addition to Pedro Magalhães, “Amélia Ramos, Diogo Helena, Tomás Aires, Gabriel Aires, Bruno Vilarinho, Vasco Silva, João Lopes, Frederico Cardoso, José Martins, Miguel Felisberto, Cátia Silva and Olavo Abrantes and Lidório are part of the solidarity project Moreira (from the Departments of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Mechanical Engineering, Ceramics and Glass Engineering, Communication and Art, Languages and Cultures, from the Higher School of Design, Management and Production Technologies Aveiro-Norte and from the Higher School of Technology and Management of Águeda) ”, explains the same note.
The group will take 30 lanterns to be distributed during the next Uniraid, which takes place from February 15th to 23rd.
In addition to the support of the AU Department of Electronics Telecommunications and Informatics, the students had support from several companies in the region, such as Mauser, an electronics company, and Hardware City, a community of entrepreneurs.