May 11, 2007
They've finally figured out a way to harness the energy of children. Engineering students at Brigham Young University have built a merry-go-round that will enable schoolchildren in rural Africa to light their own classrooms.
Ben S. Markham, a retired engineer and Brigham Young alumnus, conceived the project during a mission trip to Ghana, in West Africa. Classrooms there, he observed, have no lights, and the children have almost no toys.
"You see them chasing chickens and goats