This was another great day on SciBridge calendar when focus was on Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST). The Vice Chair and African organizer pf the SciBridge project, John Paul Eneku, visited the university today to kick start project activities. It was a successful workshop, thanks to the amazing hosts and SciBridge team & partners. The Physics department set aside a day to host the workshop and 52 students (both undergraduate and graduate) attended! Check out photos of Mbarara students making solar cells as well as some of the scenery around Mbarara, Uganda, below.
A big thank you to all the great students and staff at MUST who participated so enthusiastically in this workshop!
Physics undergraduate students held a successful workshop to fabricate dye sensitized solar cells using a natural dye from their local environment. The workshop was organized and managed by the Physics Dept. under the leadership of Festo Kiragga, a Physics lecturer and SciBridge coordinator. Congratulations to Gulu University! A web seminar awaits you and it will come soon where you will connect with a U.S. expert on dye sensitized solar cell research. Thank you for participating in the SciBridge project!
Meanwhile, check out the photos from the workshop at Gulu University below!
Today at Bustimeta University, SciBridge held a very successful seminar/introduction to dye sensitized solar cells along with the experiment to construct the cell. The students were very excited, especially about the fact that the numerous natural dyes in their backyards hold immense potential to generate solar electricity. Now that they have received complete kits for experiment and research, they are looking forward to the hands-on activity of investigating natural dyes found in their localities.The students also extend their sincere gratitude to the SciBridge project especially the Chair, Vice Chair, US volunteers, the University of Texas, the University of California (Institute of NanoScience) and all resourceful persons that made it possible for them to access the high tech scientific experiment.
The day was set aside for a web based seminar by Professor Vincent Tung from UC Merced (USA) and a hands-on demonstration of the fabrication of dye sensitized solar cells. The demonstrations were held but the seminar was postponed to a later date due to technical hitches. Meet the excited and motivated members of SciBridge at the Islamic University in Uganda (Physics students and their lecturers)!
SciBridge project Vice Chair John Paul sharing basics about the dye sensitized solar cells with the enthusiastic physics students.
Students in a moment of excitement together behind the scenes of the hands on experiment on solar cell fabrication.
Excited students in a group photo right after solar cell workshop activities.
Students with their lecturer, Ms. Rashidah Akoba (4th from right) and SciBridge Vice Chair John Paul Eneku (3rd from left).