Cal Poly Appropriate Technology Classes:

Since 2008, Pete Schwartz and Cal Poly students have explored the causes of poverty (in "Development, PSC 391") and innovated prototypes to address technical needs (in "Design, PSC 392") through a series of service learning group projects while reflecting on our own lives and need to change at home. The classes are open to students across all majors and all groups are interdisciplinary. Inspired by MIT’s D-Lab, these classes give a broad overview of international development and appropriate design for sustainability. Theory is applied as students choose real-life challenges, both local and international, to address in project groups over the course of the quarter.

See our Classes and Projects:

Each group has a webpage documenting their project. Follow any of the links below to see what we've worked on.

Ongoing Project of Solar Cooking Insulated Photovoltaic Solar Ovens

Past Appropriate Technology Classes:


Design Winter 2016

Development, Fall 2015

Design, Winter 2015

Development, Fall 2014

Appropriate Technology For The World's People: Design, Winter 2014

Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design: Winter 2013

Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Development - F2012

Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design - W2012

Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Develop - F2011

Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design - W2011

Energy Classes:


The energy projects from spring, 2013: http://energyphysics.wikispaces.com/Spring+2013

The energy projects from spring, 2011: http://energyphysics.wikispaces.com/

What are the requirements to enroll in appropriate technology classes?

In order to enroll in either of these UNIV classes, you must have Junior standing. In addition, there are other requirements that are class specific.

PSC 391: Completion of GE Area A, two courses from GE D1 - D5, and consent of instructor.
PSC 392: Completion of GE Area B, or graduate standing. Recommended: PSC 392, GE Area D2, and GE Area D3.

However, if you don't meet these requirements, but are still interested in joining the class, please send an email to pschwart@calpoly.edu.

Come Visit!

Get an inside look at the appropriate technology design process and types of projects we are working on. We gladly welcome visitors! Before coming to visit, please give us a heads up by emailing Pete, pschwart@calpoly.edu.