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The DC HEART (Humanity, Energy, and Regional Transformation) initiative is a partnership among the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business, Swanson School of Engineering, and School of Social Work, as well as the Narottam Lalbhai Rural Development Fund and Ahmedabad University. As part of the Direct Currect (DC) powered Bioshelter laboratory in Homewood (video), NonProfTech.info is creating a set of lesson plans that will be taught in conjunction with The Oasis Project/ Bible Center Church. Read about the trip John Camillus and Bopaya Bidanda made to India last summer to lay the groundwork for a partnership meant to use Indian engineering expertise to help scale up the Homewood Bioshelter.
ElderBots was a program created by the Carnegie Mellon University Quality of Life Technology Center (now defunct). The main goals of ElderBots are to:
• improve the quality of life for older adults by facilitating intergenerational contact, and,
• instill in teenagers a sense of volunteerism and potential career choices that benefit older generations and the communities they share.
ElderBots promotes informal intergenerational contacts through the use of a small, appealing, low-cost, mobile robot named EB. Participating organizations and facilities serving older adults are teamed with local high schools that recruit students to visit the older adults, interacting on an informal basis through the use of EB. The ElderBots program, therefore, addresses the critical problems of loneliness, isolation, and depression among older adults, and the decreasing level of social interaction found widely throughout our society.
The program will also leverage robotics as a very effective means of teaching advanced technologies. Additionally, while it may exist in a school as either an accredited course or an extracurricular activity, students will find it useful in building their academic and volunteer portfolios. Visit our blog.
BCNM EXECUTIVE SERVICE CORPS
The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management offers capacity-building services for nonprofits throughout the region. Joe serves with the Executive Service Corps under BCNM.
Joe McLaughlin was the Robotics Educator for the Carnegie Science Center roboworld.
TECH ASSISTANCE FOR NONPROFITS
NonProfit Tech is an organization that helps nonprofit organizations with:
- Technology planning
- Web site assistance and design
- Ongoing technical support
HOW WE HELP
We offer information technology planning and support for non-profits and community organizations. For instance, we train volunteers and staff to maintain web sites. We will help organizations produce web sites through WordPress.com.
Our services are offered primarily on a non-fee, voluntary basis. However, we do accept payment for projects that fall within the scope of grants obtained by our client organizations.