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close this bookAppropriate Community Technology - A Training Manual (Peace Corps; 1982; 685 pages)
View the documentThe Farallones Institute Rural Center
View the documentCHP International, INC.
View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentIntroduction
Open this folder and view contentsPhase I: Introduction to training
Open this folder and view contentsPhase II: Earthen construction and fuel-saving cookstoves
close this folderPhase III: Pedal/treadle power
View the documentPhase III Calendar
View the documentSession 1. Maternal and child health: part 1
View the documentSession 2. The path of the sun
View the documentSession 3. Introduction to pedal/treadle power
View the documentSession 4. Design considerations for pedal/treadle power
View the documentSession 5. Classical mechanics: principles of pedal/treadle power
View the documentSession 6. Use of appropriate aids to communication
View the documentSession 7. Maternal and child health: part 2
View the documentSession 8. Part one: familiarization with materials and tools
View the documentSession 8. Part two: familiarization with the bicycle
View the documentSession 9. Introduction to design considerations
View the documentSession 10. Presentation of designs
View the documentSession 11. Construction of pedal/treadle-powered devices
View the documentSession 12. Blacksmithing and metalwork
View the documentSession 13. Appropriate technologies for health
View the documentSession 14. Case studies in community health
View the documentSession 15. Preparation for pedal/treadle presentations* *
View the documentSession 16. Heat transfer
View the documentSession 17. The role of the volunteer in development: international development part 1: the green revolution: successes and failures
View the documentSession 18. Presentation of pedal/treadle-power devices
View the documentSession 19. Volunteers in development part one. women in development
View the documentSession 20. Mid-program evaluation part one : program evaluation
Open this folder and view contentsPhase IV: Solar water heaters
Open this folder and view contentsPhase V: Solar agricultural dryers
Open this folder and view contentsPhase VI: Concluding the program: The energy fair
Open this folder and view contentsAppendices

Session 8. Part one: familiarization with materials and tools

Total time:

1 hour


* To identify and discuss the various tools and material resources available at the training site and/or in the local community
* To discuss the role of available material in the design process


All local relevant resources: wood, metal, bearings, ropes, pulleys, pipe, bamboo, fastenings, etc. and the tools to work them


Step 1. (5 minutes)
Present the session objectives and review the activities.

Step 2. (10 minutes)
Facilitate a discussion of the importance of taking into account available resources in de signing a pedal/treadle device.

Trainer Notes

* Explain that ideally the design of any pedal/treadle or other appropriate technology device should use materials that are available locally.

* Mention that before designing any device, it is important to thoroughly assess what resources will be available.

Step 3. (45 minutes)
Take the group on a tour of the training site and/or local community, explaining and/or demonstrating the uses, qualities and purposes of all available materials and tools.

Trainer Notes

* Encourage a great deal of questions and experimentation so that by the end of the tour, participants are completely familiarized with all available resources.

* You should pay special attention to touring any available workshops, using this time to introduce the topic of shop safety (including location of fire extinguishers, personal safety and proper use of tools).

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