Maritime Container Converted to Computer Lab for Dominican Republic School
The Department of Construction Management (CM) has initiated a program to modify and recycle maritime shipping containers for habitat use. CM students gain “real world” construction experience. Other areas of UNF are now participating in the deployment of the modified maritime containers. Recently, one of the modified containers was delivered to an elementary school in the Dominican Republic to be used as a computer laboratory. The used computers were obtained form UNF. The solar power system for the container was designed and implemented by electrical engineering student John Gonzalez from the School of Engineering. Many others from UNF participated in the delivery, setup and training on how to use the computers, “teach the teachers”. JuanCarlos Villatoro, a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, has served as the overall Project Manager on this effort for the Dominican Republic elementary school.
It is interesting to note that other organizations have joined in this activity. For example, the Dominican Republic government decided to do a general $250,000 upgrade of the school. Jet Blue provided free transportation and will build a playground for the school. Many organizations and businesses in Jacksonville also have supported this initiative.