The schools in India are still actively using the 45 laptops that were installed by both teachers and students. IDEX fellows continue to help support the schools with the computers.
The 90 computers have arrived back in the USA, and are being refurbished for upcoming trips to Ghana and Guatemala in 2013.
Again, a special thanks for donations made in Ben Huppe's honor. Ben was instrumental in making previous trips to India, Ghana and Guatemala a success. We continue to work hard to honor his many contributions.
TSC is well underway preparing for the trip to Ghana in 2013. Three talented Garfield High School Students were chosen as trip leads and 17 diverse students were chosen as team members to set up 5 computer labs in rural areas near Kumasi. Learn more about this trip at the link below.
Many thanks for your support of TSC’s work. It is greatly appreciated. Best wishes for a Happy New Year!!
Unfortunately another 90 computer will be returned to the USA, since they were classified as e-waste and not importable.
A special thanks for donations made in Ben Huppe's honor. It is great loss of such a remarkable and gifted young man for our community. Ben's vision, hard work and dedication is what guided TSC's development.
TSC is planning it's next trip to Ghana in April, 2013. Garfield High School Students are currently applying to be trip leads. The photos of the trip to Ghana in 2011 will provide a glimpse of our next trip.
Many thanks for your support of the India project. Please look for other TSC projects on Global Giving soon.
45 laptop computers have been successfully installed in the Hyderabad and Secunderabad schools. The students and teachers have been actively using them to learn new and important skills. 90 desktop computers are still pending in customs and will increase the size of computer labs if they are released. Our partner, IDEX, will install them for the schools.
A special thanks to the many donors that helped make this trip possible. It was a very rewarding experience for all that participated. We all learned a great deal from each other and it is rewarding to know the Indian students are actively learning new computer skills.
TSC is currently working on a trip to Costa Rica (July 2012), Ghana (April 2013), and Guatemala (Summer 2013). Look for project summaries on Global Giving soon. A video with interviews of students participating in TSC trips will be available later this summer.
Have a great summer! Thanks for helping enrich the lives of students around the world!!
The TSC team of 15 students and 3 chaperones had a successful trip to Hyderabad, India during February 2012. We volunteered in 8 IDEX schools, spending each day teaching at the schools. It was a very positive experience for both the US and Indian students to spend time learning from each other.
We were fortunate and had 35 laptops that were donated by Synopsys, Inc from their Hyderabad office and another donor. These will be used by schools typically as portable classrooms. IDEX fellows are installing a variety of educational software for teachers to use.
For many of the Indian students, it was the first time they had used a computer. Their enthusiasm and excitement was great to witness. They learned very quickly.
Unfortunately, customs has detained another 90 computers that TSC shipped due to new rules about second hand computers being E-Waste. This decision is currently being appealed. We hope that the computers will be released so the IDEX fellows can install them in the schools so each they will have more computers for students to learn with.
It was a great learning experience for the high school students to work with the IDEX fellows and learn more about potential future opportunities for them to do global work and make positive changes around the globe.
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