Project Updates & Terranova Trip

Terranova Visit - December 2011

posted Jan 30, 2012, 6:43 AM by P. McIver

See the graduation and anniversary celebration at the Terranova School:

Graduation & Anniversary

posted Dec 18, 2011, 11:03 AM by Becca McIver

Congratulations to the Terranova School for celebrating their 10th anniversary and holding their first graduation on Saturday, December 17th! It is great to hear that they not only  graduated 27 students from 12th grade, but also held celebration for the 7th and 9th graders too.

While I wish I could have attended this very special event, Woodward was sent four faculty/staff members including our president, Dr. Gulley to the celebrate. Hope to find out more details soon.

Congratulations Terranova Class of 2011!
Becca McIver

Re-launch of Tech4Terranova

posted Nov 3, 2011, 10:29 AM by Becca McIver


The past few months I have been working with several others on the re-launch of the Tech4Terranova web site. The site is totally redesigned with new pictures, more resources in each section, new pages for digital tools and solar cooking, and a Google map with the location of Terranova.

Please come back to for more updates!

Enjoy and let me know if you have any suggestions!
Becca McIver

Terranova Trip – Wrap-up: 7/22/2011

posted Sep 28, 2011, 12:06 PM by Becca McIver   [ updated Sep 28, 2011, 2:18 PM ]

We all finally got home and settled back down here in Atlanta after two long days of travel.

The final afternoon turned around with what I wanted to accomplish although the power was still out. I brought a few teachers up to Mr. Street's house where there is a generator so we could get the wi-fi going and start showing the teachers more of the resources that they have access to. I got some great feedback on their newest needs like history sites for Zambia and Africa. I hope that this communication with the school will continue now that I am back home.

All the students at the school also enjoyed the movie along with the popcorn and lollipops the group from Woodward prepared for them. After the movie they held a good-bye ceremony for us where some of the older kids recited poems they had written about Woodward and all we have done for them. Then a group of the younger boys and girls then performed more traditional Zambian dances to show us some of their culture. The final part of the good-bye was a skit the grade 12 students had put together for us. It was great to see all of the kids wanting to show us their skills and appreciation for all that we had done for them. After the kids were done we also said our good-byes to all of the teachers and administrators. It was a hard to go after spending so much time with them and knowing there was even more we could do.

After the ceremony, everyone in the group headed back up to the house except for me.  I actually headed the other way, back down to the school where I finally got to work more one on one with some teachers who were willing to stay a little late to look through this blog with me. We spent about a half-hour navigating the pages. It was hard for them to think of new additions or changes to be made off the top of their heads, but they promised to get in touch soon with any thing they saw.


Update #3 from Terranova: 7/19/2011

posted Sep 28, 2011, 12:06 PM by Becca McIver   [ updated Sep 28, 2011, 2:49 PM ]

It's 10:30 am on Tuesday here at Terranova and we are packing a lot into our final day here. We had a full four days in the bush where we saw plenty of animals and plants and many stories to be told, but now its back to work.

This morning I woke up and had our usual coffee and breakfast and then headed down to the school. I was looking forward to my morning with the teachers, showing them the blog and getting feedback, but to my loss the power is out which means no Internet. We are hoping to get everything back up and running ASAP, but it is hard with the set back.

Not only does the spottiness of the Internet make this hard to do, but also the fact that they are coming to the end of a term which means cramming and finals. I don't want to take the teachers out of the classroom during such an important time, but they want to learn so that they can be better teachers and so that they have access to the Internet resources that would truly help their students. Once I get a few teachers trained more with the resources and other parts of the blog I think it will spread like wildfire, because they are so excited. A few of the teachers are also excited about the bracelets and solar ovens, so I feel like everything I am doing is so helpful in some way or shape.

This afternoon we are planning on showing the film Rio to the kids. We have been popping popcorn all morning and the kids are getting excited for movie time.

So I am sitting here at the housing waiting till I can work again... I hate it, but what else can I do?

Update #2 from Terranova: 7/14/2011

posted Sep 28, 2011, 12:05 PM by Becca McIver   [ updated Nov 7, 2011, 7:47 PM ]

All is well here. We have been quite busy at the school. The vision testing and Internet work has continued and we have begun to teach the kids how to make friendship bracelets from embroidery floss. They absolutely love them!

We leave at 7 am tomorrow to go into the bush. We will be taking two trucks with benches to go down to the river then four of us will get in the boat while the others stay in the truck, but we will swap on the way back. The group will be spending three nights in a cabin and exploring during the day. We will return to the village on Monday. 
When we return to the school on Tuesday it will be movie and popcorn day. I am sure I will have tons of updates and stories after four days in the bush.


Update #1 from Terranova: 7/13/2011

posted Sep 28, 2011, 12:04 PM by Becca McIver   [ updated Oct 24, 2011, 12:28 PM ]

Sorry for the delay on the first update since we have been in Zambia. The group's* travels went quite well coming here, but the time change was quite difficult - six hours. We have finally gotten through the two days of travel and the time change under our belts and are getting into the swing of things here. The main house is beautiful and so is the view.

Yesterday we spent the day walking around seeing things including the clinic, village and school. They were so excited to get all of the chemistry supplies that we brought down as well as a few more text books.

Today I believe we will be back down at the school doing vision testing and working on the Internet connection a little more. I hope to get a few hours in the next day or two where I will work with the teachers on the book translations, solar ovens options and designs, and the Internet resources on this blog.

Everyone here is so nice and friendly once they meet us. I am looking forward to the next few days with the kids and teachers and then we head into the bush for an adventure this weekend. More to come soon.


* The group from Woodward Academy includes George Dietz trip coordinator/MS assistant principal; Dee Koscik, MS teacher; Andy Morris and Jim Shanks, IT Department; Becca McIver and Karen Sun, Woodward Class of 2011; and Spike Deitz, Woodward Alumni.

Here we go! 7/9/2011

posted Sep 28, 2011, 11:05 AM by Becca McIver   [ updated Oct 24, 2011, 12:38 PM ]

I have been preparing for the trip to Zambia for several days now. I am all packed, including three solar ovens. I have done research on designs and materials and finally found two I liked and believe are a good cooking option for the families who work on the Terranova Coffee farm.

Here are some pictures of one of the ovens I put together for them. It is made with a wood base painted black, and then four vinyl tiles covered with heavy duty aluminm foil. They are then bolted to the wood at the corners and have clips to hold them in a bowl shape so they can direct the sun to the item they need to heat which will sit in the middle. (After the trip more resources were added)

The finished "winged" solar oven.


Now it time to head to the airport. First stop: Amsterdam, Netherlands. Then Johannesburg, South Africa and then Lusaka, Zambia. Then finally arriving at the Terranova School and coffee farm. I will try to post on here some while I am gone so check back in a day or two. Oh, I also am taking over 75 friendship bracelets I have made and hope to use the thread I am taking with me to show them how to make their own too.

Welcome to Tech 4 Terranova: 6/27/2011

posted Sep 28, 2011, 11:03 AM by Becca McIver

Welcome to the Blog section of Tech4Terranova. These pages are currently set so that I can post information about my Girl Scout Gold Award project and support communication with the Terranova School in Zambia Africa.  There will also be entries about the Woodward Academy group visiting Zambia and helping at the Terranova School July 2011.

Opportunity to Visit Terranova: 1/20/2011

posted Sep 28, 2011, 6:25 AM by Becca McIver   [ updated Sep 28, 2011, 2:54 PM ]

Woodward Academy has offered me the opportunity to travel to Terranova this summer. Over my 10 day trip I will be posting updates about all of the work going on down there, as well as success with my Girl Scout Gold Award project. I am looking forward to this great opportunity.

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