Solar School Mini

Take information anywhere to share via a solar-powered Wi-Fi web server.

Cell phone on charging station

Audience: Ages 11-19 and adults

What’s the goal of this kit?

  • Set up a Raspberry Pi, install and configure FTP and an Apache webserver. Along the way you’ll learn more about Raspberry Pi and solar power.
  • At the end you will have your own website on its own local server that can work even when there is no power.

Why is this topic important?

Linux, web servers, solar power and small Internet of Things (IoT) devices are all topics you will encounter again and again. Learning more about these topics will give students a head start in any career in science, IT, electronics or technology.

What do I need to know about this activity?

  • This is a simple project, quick to build and configure.
  • Some Linux familiarity is helpful but not vital. The largest amount of work will be tailoring your web content and moving it to your Solar School Mini.
  • This project can be done in one working session and under 4 hours.
  • IBMers can apply volunteering hours to their THINK40 total.

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