The Fibonacci Four robotics team will be offering a five week class at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon after school in October. This course will be a basic introduction to Lego Robotics for younger kids with one on one instruction from seasoned First Lego League eight graders.
September 18 - October 16; Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm; Five 2-hour classes
------------------------------------------------------------ Background: Do you have a XO computer in your closet not being used? The story behind these computers that we fixed is that years ago many people took part in the one for one promotion. If you bought a XOcomputer, one would be donated. Well, a lot of people played around with their XO and then put them in the closet. Two years ago when the earthquake struck Haiti, a plea went out for computer donations. People sent then to a collection area in Texas but the problem was the computer either had dead batteries or had been "timed out" or "bricked" because they were old and hadn't been updated. For two years these computers sat, never making it to Haiti. Until Nancie Sever and the Fib Four fixed them!
Something that might seem like a toy to people used to the latest, greatest computer gadgets, don't always understand the impact this technology these computers can have in impoverished countries. Some of the applications on the computers are things like games that teach kids to avoid land mines, learning to read, write, math and communication apps.
Consider this Rwanda student's project on an XO - "I am doing a documentary project on how to avoid AIDS by collecting all the necessary information on the disease so that I can use it to teach my friends its dangers," explained Shyaka.
Computers are a powerful communication and educational tool that are not available to most impoverished areas. - Coach Ed
Recently our team worked towards allowing people in other country's to have computers. We did this by fixing XO computers (to read more about them go to http://laptop.org/en/laptop/). These laptops are part of the one laptop per child project. We took apart the laptops in order to allow them to be reprogrammed to fix any bugs. Our project is hardly over however because we were only able to take apart and reprogram 12 out of many. We hope to finish the job soon!