Updated January 2018
Computer Adoption Program
Through this program, lightly used donated corporate computers are converted to a Linux operating system, loaded with freeware education programs and given to deserving applicants in the 3rd through 8th grade. To qualify, children complete an application and submit an essay demonstrating their need for a computer. The child will then attend a two-hour training session with a parent or guardian at their school. Training sessions are run every other Saturday during the school year with selected partner schools.
The Comp-U-Dopt Early Adopters Program is an in-depth exploration of today’s cutting-edge technologies for upper elementary students (grades 3-5). Students will learn to pilot drones, develop and test their own video games, build and program robots, explore new worlds through virtual reality and bring their own creations to life using the Scratch programming language. As an afterschool enrichment program, Early Adopters provides students a structured, engaging environment to explore and learn.
The Comp-U-Dopt STEAM Team Program is a project-based enrichment program that helps students explore how technology is connected to all STEAM careers and sectors. This program, geared toward students in grades 6 to 8 in middle school, has students collaborate to create and explore the technology that will be part of their future. At the end of the program, each participant receives a refurbished laptop computer to keep.
Learn2Earn offers students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to earn a laptop through completing a day of technical training. Students learn the basics of hardware engineering including how to build a computer, followed by coding a calculator in JAVA and translating it to HTML. At the end of the day the students earn a refurbished laptop to take home.
The Comp-U-Dopt Learn2Earn Plus Program is for high school students grades 9-12 who have an interest in gaining tangible technology skills for the workforce today. In this enrichment program, students work with real-world programs and technology up close and personal. Students not only learn to code and program in relevant languages, but also get hands-on with drones, networks, and computer hardware. At the end of the program, each participant receives a refurbished laptop computer to keep.
Victoria is a middle school student in Harris County. Her family had never had a computer, so when she had school projects, she would have to ask a friend or go to a public library. Not only did she want to use a computer for her own studies, she wanted to use it to help her siblings learn too. She knew that a computer would give her family a better shot at success. Through the generosity of our donors and hard work of our volunteers, Victoria received her family’s first ever computer in August 2015, and she didn’t have to pay a penny.