Is it collecting dust? Laptops for Benito Juárez

April is wrapping up quickly which means that our trip to Mexico is drawing closer and closer! Our trip dates are June 18 – July 2, 2016 and we are getting everything ready to set up two new labs in Oaxaca City at the following schools:

  • Escuela Primaria Vespertina “Benito Juárez”, Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca, México
  • José Vasconcelos school in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca, México

We are setting up the Benito Juárez elementary school with donated laptops. Please contact us at donations@kidsoncomputers.org if you have working laptops with at least 1 GB RAM that need a new home. We are also looking for other peripherals such as keyboards and mice. To see the full list of what we need, head over here.

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We are excited to get these labs set up and welcome volunteers to join us. There are also other ways you can help:

  • Join us. We invite volunteers to join us on site so if you are looking to roll up your sleeves and help us get the labs up and running, let us know! We also offer travel sponsorship for volunteers who would like to join us on our trip. Learn how to apply here.
  • Donate cash. We are a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization fueled by volunteers and donations. Every dollar counts! Rest assured that your contributions will go towards providing children with technology access which otherwise they would not have had. To make a donation, head over here or contact us for for information.

We appreciate the support from our volunteers and donors – we live by it. We’ve had an awesome start to the year so far with new partnerships, exposure, collaborations, and donations. Let’s keep the ball rolling!

This week in KOC: Working with Unleash Kids – April 20, 2016

The mission of Kids on Computers is to provide technology and access to educational content to kids who do not otherwise have access with the hopes that our work will provide them with more opportunities and allow communities to improve themselves.  We are always excited to hear of other organizations whose mission is in line with ours. Unleash Kids is one such organization.

 

Unleash-Kids-LOGO-120We met Unleash Kids at SCALE 2016. Unleash Kids’ primary work is in Haiti though they partner with educational communities which show the most need and capability around the world.
Unleash Kids enables global volunteers who work with kids  via direct exploration of their electronic/outdoor worlds with Internet-in-a-Box community kits and more.  They do this by catalyzing volunteer professionals taking the One Laptop Per Child movement into a new decade, enabling quality learning among the world’s poorest children.

 

Adam Holtxo-adam of Unleash Kids had coordinated a set of 360+ (yes, you read that right – over 360) XO laptops which were no longer being used in Philadelphia and Hartford. Most of these laptops are not working, but can be salvaged for necessary parts for XO’s which are functional. A very necessary set of equipment as the original XO’s are no longer being manufactured.

 

I offered to help Adam get the laptops to Boston. We were going to try fit as many of the laptops we could into my Honda Fit but thankfully, longtime Kids on Computers supporter, Philip Greenspun, came to the rescue and offered us his van, which has much greater cargo room and load capacity, to transport the laptops.

 

xo3So this past weekend, Adam and I drove the van down from Boston to Philadelphia and back up through Hartford collecting laptops along the way making for an extremely successful trip. Unleash Kids is planning a refurbishing fest later this spring to work on these laptops and parts.

 

KOC is excited to work with an organization such as Unleash Kids towards our common goal of improving access to education and technology for underprivileged kids and thereby hopefully improving their lives and communities.

 

There were a lot of folks who helped us on the way. Many thanks go to Kim and Dan Wilson, Heidi and Howard Ellis, Philip Greenspun, and Olga Sokolova for housing and feeding us on this adventure.

 

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This week in KOC – April 7, 2016

Here’s what KOC is currently working on:

  • The Linux Foundation has partnered with Kids on Computers – we are incredibly excited about this partnership and the potential it has to help KOC grow. We thank the Linux Foundation for their support and look forward to working closely with them. Read the full Press Release and the Blog Post about the partnership published on The Linux Foundation Web site. 
  • The KOC Web site is undergoing a big overhaul. The Web site team (Bill M, Ritvik P, Sastry P, Jeff P, and myself) has been meeting regularly to work on the new site and review new themes, structure, and content. We are excited about the new site and this long overdue change.
  • We had 21 Raspberry Pi 3s donated or purchased for the new Jose Vasconcelos Lab we are setting up in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico. Volunteers are currently testing the Pis and determining the best distribution and applications for them.
  • The Mexico subcommittee is planning our trip to Mexico this coming June. We are excited to set up two new labs in Oaxaca City this year and visit as many of our 10 other labs as we can. Our trip dates are June 18-July 2, 2016. We are always looking for more volunteers to join us on trips. Join us!

Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and partners for your efforts and support! Kids on Computers is successful because of you.

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An Auction for KOC

At SCALE14x, KOC received a generous donation from Pogo Linux and Micron – a beast of a workstation with the following specs:

  • s-l1600Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 16GB DDR3 Memory
  • Micron 480GB SATA SSD
  • Western Digital 6TB SATA Hard Drive
  • Nvidia GTX 960 4GB PCI-E DVI/HDMI DisplayPort
  • 12x Blu-Ray Burner / 16x DVD+R
  • Mid-Tower Chassis with 665W Power Supply
  • Intel Z87 Express Chipset
  • 3 year warranty


The box is valued at $2600 retail.

We discussed utilizing the workstation in one of our labs, but decided it would be more than what our schools need. In lieu of that, we have set up an eBay auction to sell the workstation to the highest bidder with all of the proceeds going to Kids on Computers.

Bid here

The winner will get credit with a blog posting. If the box sells for the “Buy it Now” price of $10,000 or higher, the donation will fund a new computer lab and the winner can name it after the person of their choice. They will also get a plaque in the school and permanent credit on http://kidsoncomputers.org/labs.

A huge thank you to SCALE, Pogo Linux, and Micron for the donation.

Kids on Computers is a small 501(c)(3) non-profit and we appreciate your support. Thank you!

 

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This week in KOC – Happy Pi Day and Thank you – 3/14/16

Happy Pi Day everyone!

In honor of Pi Day, we are happy to announce that we had 21 volunteers purchase or donate a Raspberry Pi 3 Kit for our new lab at José Vasconcelos in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca, México!! A big thank you to everyone who purchased a kit. This fundraiser goes a long way towards us having the necessary equipment for the lab.

A big thank you also goes to to Philip Greenspun for posting about the fundraiser on his blog – 6 kits were donated as a result of his blog post along with 2 pledged cash donations.

If you haven’t had a chance to purchase a kit yet, but would like to do so, please go ahead. We are setting up a second lab at the Benito Juárez Elementary School also in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán on our next Mexico trip, and can always use more.

Don’t forget to eat pie to celebrate today!

Thank you for supporting Kids on Computers!

 

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This week in KOC – February 29, 2016 – Raspberry Pi 3 Fundraiser

This week in KOC we are full speed ahead on our plans for 2016. The KOC board has approved a new lab at the José Vasconcelos school in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca, México. This lab will be built with Raspberry Pis.

In honor of Raspberry Pi’s 4th birthday, the Raspberry Pi Foundation released the Raspberry Pi 3.

The new Raspberry Pis can only be purchased one at a time. If you are willing to donate one to a school in Mexico, please buy a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Starter Kit ($59.99 + shipping) and send it to Avni Khatri (email avni at kidsoncomputers dot org for the shipping address). Kids on Computers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and will provide you a receipt for your donation.

Thank you for supporting Kids on Computers!

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This week in KOC – New lab approved for Oaxaca, Mexico

It is exciting to let you know that the KoC board has voted and approved to set up a new lab in José Vasconcelos school, this year.

This is an elementary bilingual school located in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca, México. It is ~10 minutes from Emiliano Zapata school(latest KoC lab). It is located in the Monte Albán area.

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The school has vegetable gardens and the produce is used to prepare school lunches.  It is one of the few schools in the area that has a hot lunch program. When the students finish eating their hot lunch, which they pay five pesos for, members of the community can also come in and have a hot lunch. The community started around 15 years ago. They speak different dialects as Zapoteco, Mixteco and Mixe. They speak Spanish too. A total of 150 kids attend the elementary school in this community.

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Some views of the school and community here:
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You can see the results here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-JTM7FJGQ/

We are excited to work with such a deserving community and are currently raising funds for this new lab to make it a reality. Please donate here. Every little bit helps!

We are planing a trip in May-June, so we will let you know more about this in coming weeks. Stay tuned! 😀

This week in KOC – 1/21/2016 – The KOC Summit and SCALE!

KOC is hosting its annual Summit at the KOC House in Pasadena from 3pm-10pm PT on January 21, 2016.

We use this time to plan our year and get a few items on our wish list done by working in small groups. We’ll be working on School/Lab planning, Education, Fundraising, and Community Outreach. Come join us virtually or in person!

For folks based in the Los Angeles area: There is plenty of room for everyone. Please email volunteer@kidsoncomputers.org if you are in the area and would like to come and we will send you the address.

For folks outside of LA: We will be setting up a hangout and a YouTube stream. We would love to have folks join in. We will post this info shortly.

We will have our regular monthly meeting from 7-8PM ET during the Summit. Everyone is welcome to come for any portion of the Summit.

We also have a booth at the SCALE 14x Expo Hall. Please stop by!

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Getting our booth box ready for SCALE!

This Week in KoC – Update on Emiliano Zapata (Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca, México)

Recently we have been in contact with Emiliano Zapata school. The parents made an amazing effort at improving the computer lab. They changed the floor and moved the electrical outlets to the walls. The lab looks really great.

The whole community, kids, parents and teachers wish KOC and everybody a happy new year. 🙂

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This Week in KoC – SCALE Prep and Consolidating Organizational Knowledge

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With volunteers all around the world it is really important that everyone has a place to consolidate their notes and knowledge. Over the course of time, we’ve used several tools to do this. Unfortunately that has resulted in the information being scattered around in more than one place. The simplicity of using a wiki is also hampered by very aggressive bots that have forced us to manually add new contributors. With the new year, we are going to try to consolidate this information into just one place. So to do that information is being migrated to the new ‘Knowledge Base‘ page.

We could use some help reviewing this information and making sure it is still relevant and up to date. Or if you have notes and information that isn’t already there, please help by adding it. If you don’t have access to do so, make sure you email the mailing list to request an account.

SCALE is fast approaching, and KoC is getting ready to attend. We’ve booked a fantastic house near convention where we can have our yearly Summit. We’re still working on putting together a booth box that we can use for all the conventions like this. We’re looking to have another meeting this Thursday to discuss the last things we need for the box to be ready. Everyone is welcome to join.

We’ve wrapped up our end of year fundraising campaign… but just in case you missed it you can still donate at http://www.kidsoncomputers.org/donate