Level The Playing Field with Refurbished Computers

John Wynbeek, San Jose Christian School IT Director (right) and Terence Lee, EqOpTech Founder

John Wynbeek, San Jose Christian School IT Director (right) and Terence Lee, EqOpTech Founder

By Terence Lee

With the wealth of technology here in the Silicon Valley, there is an abundance of old technology slated for e-waste. Yet, many at-risk students do not have easy access to computers to complete online homework assignments or collaborate with classmates on projects. EqOpTech aims to provide free access to technology via refurbished computers to empower students to learn through technology. 

In order to prepare all students to compete effectively, it is critical to level the playing field in education technology. To address the root cause of the education divide, the Equal Opportunity Technology program seeks to empower students with technology tools & service support to learn STEM at an early age. Through partnerships with school clubs and service organizations, we aim to expose these young learners to develop early STEM skills & foster a focused, enriched environment for positive learning

A big thank you to San Jose Christian School for their generous donation of a MacBooks collection to EqOpTech's. Through the Computer-in-a-Box program, student volunteers will install Linux OS as a dual boot to enable access to the latest Google applications onto these MacBooks.

A special thank you to CBS/KPIX5 reporters for producing and airing the Jefferson Awards story and help us get the word out to the community. Community collaboration is key to our success in enabling technology and fighting inequity. We team up with local schools, service clubs and companies to host refurbish workshop, tech talk series and STEM-related workshops to teach, mentor and motivate young learners to develop STEM interests and skills.  Over the last two years, EqOpTech has revived hundreds of used laptop computers and put them back to productive use for students in need.

About EqOpTech

EqOpTech Inc., located in Los Altos, CA, is a 501(c)(3) IRS-designated tax exempt nonprofit organization that promotes and enables equal opportunity free access to technology for computer learning and STEM education in under-served communities. Visit EqOpTech at www.eqoptech.org

Terence Lee (left), John Wynbeek

Terence Lee (left), John Wynbeek

About EqOpTech

EqOpTech Inc., located in Los Altos, CA, is a 501(c)(3) IRS-designated tax exempt nonprofit organization that promotes and enables equal opportunity free access to technology for computer learning and STEM education in under-served communities. Visit EqOpTech at www.eqoptech.org