Tech Corps Wisconsin proposes a 16 November pilot project to the Racine school district (RUSD) to provide Internet access for six classrooms at Gifford elementary school. TCW recruits local sponsors, volunteers and presents this project to the school staff, and the district administration.
TCW received a donation offer from a corporation for one-hundred and fifty 286 laptop computers and approximately seventy-five 386 desktop computer systems to be distributed locally. This is our start into the computer refurbishing and repurpose business.
Pilot project completed on Saturday, 21 November. On Monday, 900 elementary school children will come back to a school that is fully wired for the 21st Century. Only one classroom at each grade level, the library and the lab will have Internet access, but the change will be significant nonetheless. As a result of this project we made the Racine local paper with a nice article that made people aware of Wiring Wisconsin and Tech Corps Wisconsin.
We had parents, administrators, businessmen, school board members, teachers and other school district employees all working together with us for the kids. We wired almost all 40 rooms, but didn't have the time to complete the termination or connect the computers. This will occur in the next few weeks, along with mentoring the teachers, and on going training and technical support functions.