Concerned that Baltimore’s public school students were trying to learn on computers that are 15 years out of date, “Bootup Baltimore” came to the rescue.
The Hopkins student group supplies recycled computers refurbished with up-to-date software, as well as student volunteers who train users in word processing, graphic design, hardware maintenance, Web development, and more. The group’s mission is to inspire interest in technology among those who otherwise might not have access to computers.
“Our teaching program introduces many students to their first experience using computers. It is truly amazing that we can teach them the basics and help them grow,” says Nathan Schloss, a senior computer science major.
In addition to working with local schools, including Guilford Elementary School (pictured here), this year’s Bootup teams installed computers and trained personnel at an East Baltimore church community center.