Georgia Satellite I

Georgia D-Lab Satellite I

Georgia D-Lab Satellite I — Georgia Regional Innovation Outreach Initiative

August 2016

Partner Institutions: UC Davis Blum Center, Bediani Children’s Center

D-Lab Research Assistant and 2016 Blum Fellow, Leanne Bolaño, traveled to Bediani, Georgia to conduct an exploratory visit and establish the D-Lab Georgia satellite. The primary purpose of the trip was to gauge local interest in project-based learning opportunities.

This Satellite consisted of a 2-week training for rural farmers in Bediani, Georgia. The goal was to build capacities around local governance and environmental protection. These included practical programs related to the assessment of natural resources, elaboration of local socio-economic development feasibility studies, and the introduction of modern sustainable technologies. Planned innovative activities are foreseen to be based on best available practices from developed countries.

UC Davis D-Lab supported this project with curriculum exchange and mentoring sessions.


Read the Final Report of D-Lab's Georgia Initiative here!


Leanne teaching the first lesson.
Leanne teaching the first lesson as project client, Kakhaber Bakhtadze, translates.
View of Students
View of students in the newly renovated BREC training room on the first day of class.