STARBASE Victory students learn how to build computers with help from Cox

It was just another day at camp for 23 From One Hand To AnOTHER students attending STARBASE Victory in Portsmouth…or so they thought. To their surprise, last Wednesday the students were greeted by volunteers and staff from Cox and EveryoneOn for a special activity. What they learned next shot a wave of cheers across the room.

Thanks to a partnership between Cox and EveryoneOn, the students spent the morning building their own computer. Using the Computer Kit Touch by Kano, students worked in pairs to build and code tablets and then used them to play educational games, make art and create music.

In a post-event survey, when asked what they liked about working on the Kano Computer Kits, a majority of the students said that building (or making) the computer was their favorite part of the program. Others just “liked everything.”

Mr. Shannon Glover, Portsmouth City Councilman and STARBASE Board Member, had this to say about his experience with the students, “It amazed me to watch the STARBASE campers construct computers and develop applications and games.” He continued, “As a business owner and city councilman, I’m proud of the experiences our children are able to participate in that challenge their abilities and create dreams for their future.”

The event is a result of Cox’s ongoing support of youth education with a spotlight on STEM, literacy, and mentorship and its intentional focus on digital equity. Through partnerships with organizations like EveryoneOn and programs like Connect2Compete, Cox and the nonprofit community are working together to bridge the digital divide and create social and economic opportunity through technology.

“I can’t thank the teachers, administrators and partners – both corporate and nonprofit – enough for all they do to make a positive difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children,” said Glover.

 

About From One Hand To AnOTHER

From One Hand To ANOTHER (FOHTA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded by internationally renowned musical artist and producer Pharrell Williams in 2008 because he believed that every child could be a success if only they had the right tools. FOHTA currently delivers S.T.E.A.M.M.-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Motivation) summer camps for over 1,300 kids at 22 locations in 2 states, and will continue to increase our impact each year.

 

About STARBASE

Since 2002, STARBASE Victory has been providing exciting, innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs to elementary school students in Portsmouth. The 501(C)3 nonprofit is a unique partnership with Portsmouth Public Schools and the community.  During the school year, the program serves all fourth, fifth and sixth graders in the city (over 3000 students).  For those who are inspired by their STARBASE experience, the program offers nine free, voluntary
STEM summer camps. With over 17,000 graduates since its inception, STARBASE is a proven model for early STEM education.
In an effort to reach other school systems and businesses interested in improving STEM skills in the workforce, STARBASE will
host the region’s first STEM Education Awards Dinner: Launching Futures, Shining a Light on STEM Education.  The dinner
will be held March 11, 2020 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel. For more information about the event and STARBASE
STEM education programs, please visit www.starbasevictory.org.

 

About EveryoneOn

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting people to the Internet. Since 2012, EveryoneOn has connected more than 700,000 people in the United States. For more information, visit EveryoneOn.org.

 

About Cox
Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.

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MEDIA INFO:  Susan Long-Molnar, developmentdirector@starbasevictory.org