KPIX 5 CBS surveys conducted within the last year show more than one in ten California households don’t have access to the internet because many cannot afford a computer. EqOpTech Inc. of Los Altos, Jefferson Award winner, deploys used computers to provide equal access to technology and minimize e-waste.
KPIX 5 has donated its surplus computer equipment to support EqOpTech's computer reuse program. EqOpTech will install new hard disk drives onto the donated laptops and reinstall all operating systems, drivers, and software to restore the computer to its original full functionality. Over the last two years, EqOpTech has given a new and purposeful second life to hundreds of used laptop computers and put them back to productive use for students in need.
Since 2015, EqOpTech has launched a program to recycle, refurbish and redeploy unwanted laptops to support and teach the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) program benefiting underserved students in San Jose, Mountain View, Los Altos and East Palo Alto. Kids from low-income families will now have easy access to computers for home use to take online classes such as Khan Academy and collaborate with classmates in online homework and research.
A special thank you to CBS/KPIX 5 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.
EqOpTech Inc. is an IRS-designated tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enables free, equal opportunity learning via access to technology in under-served community. EqOpTech provides easy access to computer hardware, software, and mentor support in STEM education. For more information, visit www.EqOpTech.org. Follow EqOpTech on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.