September 13, 2001

HPWREN Team Plays Role in Native American Summer Youth Academy

youth tours sdscA group of high school students from San Diego county Native American reservations recently completed a summer Youth Academy sponsored by the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association Tribal Digital Village project. The HPWREN team worked with Academy students throughout the summer - answering questions regarding wireless networking, touring students through various laboratories, and providing guidance for their endeavors to connect additional tribes to the Tribal Digital Village Network (TDVNet).

Part of a major grant from Hewlett-Packard (HP), the Tribal Digital Village Youth Academy provided participants with opportunities to learn about GPS, mapping, construction of antenna radio relays, and much more.

solar-powered relay siteOne of the primary objectives of the Academy was to expose the students to a range of technologies, and allow them to choose what best suits their interests. For instance, the students were shown how an HPWREN solar-powered relay site works to provide a Native American learning center with high-speed Internet access.

Specifically, the students toured the La Jolla Native American solar-powered relay site, which was installed by the HPWREN team earlier this year.

hp youth academy tours robotics laboratory

The HPWREN team also arranged for the HP Youth Academy students to tour a local robotics laboratory this summer. The students were able to build upon their knowledge of Global Positioning (GPS) information and understand how robots also use GPS systems.

Additional information about the TDVNet can be found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/020325.html and http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/010913.html.

Photographs regarding TDVNet antenna sites are available at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/Photos/sites.html#HP.


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