The two projects that I will talk about were two projects from the honors section. The first is Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development. This group decided to focus on wireless phones and internet. They did research about Somolia and figured out how much better of the country would be with the help of wireless connections. Wireless would be better than having to have a ground connection. If they were to have a ground connection then they would need to have telephone polls. But with wireless they would save money because building all of the polls would take a lot of money and time. Somalia would not have had the resources to do this. Also, they used Kenya as an example of what Somalia could one day be like. Kenya has wireless and they do not have old technology. They skipped the big an bulky technologies and now they have small and compact cell phones just like the developed countries. Some computers that they have in Somalia are the $100 laptops for the children to work with. This helps the children have a better education then they would get if they did not have these laptops. The children are the most important natural resource so it is important that the country educates the children as much as they can.
This is an example of children using the $100 laptops in schools
Another millennium goal is goal 7: ensure environmental stability.
This groups project was called improving Minneapolis slums through sustainability. They found out that Minneapolis has a great need for low income housing. A lot of housing is now being made into newer and more expensive housing so there is a great need for low income housing. This is difficult because there is not a lot of room for the housing. Much of minneapolis' neighborhoods do not want the low income housing to be need them so they will not allow them to be built. To help with this situation the group came up with the idea to make the low income housing more economical and green. If the housing is made green then this will help the environment and the people will not have to pay as much for things such as water and electricity. To redesign Twin City housing they need make it sustainable housing. To do this they looked at other buildings that have gone green. Once looking at these places they came up with a few ideas for the low income housing in Minneapolis. For example they can: reuse water, use fluorescent light bulbs, install recycling chutes, replace windows to keep in the hear. Also, they ca replace the wood panels or paint them to make the housing look nicer from the outside. They can use solar energy and energy start washers to save the amount of water being used. If all of these steps are taken in to consideration for the construction or remodeling of low income housing than everyone will be happier and better off.