EqOpTech promotes using technology to provide equal learning opportunities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in under-served communities.
Why EqOpTech – Equal Opportunity Technology
Even with the ubiquity of high-tech in Silicon Valley, kids from low income families do not have easy access to computers for learning purposes. At the same time, many businesses and families have older but fully functional computers that are collecting dust and eventually will end up in landfills. EqOpTech aims to redeploy these older technology tools to help kids gain easy access to excellent online education contents.
Fostering motivation in under-privileged youth
EqOpTech is currently teaming up with Sunday Friends of San Jose to roll out and implement pilot STEM education workshops using the redeployed computers to access online educational programs such as Khan Academy or Scratch. Volunteers from local high schools will help organize and teach these workshops. To help encourage participation, kids engaged in these workshops will have priority access to the dedicated laptops during the regular Sunday Friends program.
Mentoring is the key to motivation
Volunteers from EqOpTech will provide guidance such as tutoring and encouragement to the kids enrolled in the educational workshops. Overtime, this program will expand to various levels of STEM subjects and will be tailored to participants’ interests and needs.
A passion for lifelong learning
“Reusing technology gives disadvantaged children an equal opportunity to learn, compete and be successful in school,” said Terence Lee, CEO and Founder of EqOpTech. “At the same time, the program inspires our volunteers to give back to the community while serving as role models.”
Founded in May 2016, EqOpTech is a government approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by students. EqOpTech promotes and enables equal opportunity free access to technology for computer learning and STEM education in under-served communities. web: www.EqOpTech.org, e-mail: Contact@EqOpTech.org