Kramden Computers in Kentucky

 

25 Kramden computers are being put to use by the Housing Authority of Bowling Green. Check out the article below from the Bowling Green Daily News to learn more.

 

“Housing Authority Gets New Computers” by Justin Story

In an effort to increase accessibility, the Housing Authority of Bowling Green received 25 new computers for its two computer labs.

Charter Communications donated the desktop computers, and an event Thursday at the housing authority’s learning center marked the occasion.

Kathye Gumm, project manager for the housing authority, said the new computers, which have been installed in the labs, are essential for children and adults who rely increasingly on the internet.

 “The kids all have homework they have to do and adults come in to do job searches,” Gumm said. “These computers will get a lot of use.”

In addition to the many after-school and summer learning programs for students, the learning center computer labs are often used by people who file their taxes in the early months of the year, Gumm said.

The Reach Higher Welfare to Work Program also makes use of the computer labs.

Participants in the program work in a housing authority department for 30 hours a week and take part in four weekly hours of job and life-skills training at the lab.

“If you don’t have access to the internet, you’re going to fall behind,” Gumm said.

 Along with the donated computers, Charter announced the introduction of a high-speed broadband internet service aimed at low-income households.

Spectrum Internet Assist will be available to families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program and seniors 65 or older who receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits.

“We have a lot of people who have access to the internet but don’t have the financial means to get it,” said Jason Keller of Charter, which is partnering with the housing authority to launch the service.

Gumm said several residents rely on wireless internet hot spots such as the Graham Drive branch of the Warren County Public Library for internet service.

“After the library closes, you’ll see kids sitting outside and it shouldn’t be like that,” Gumm said. “They should be safe in their homes online instead of outside looking for a hot spot.”

Find the original article here

 

 

Embrace Your Geekness Day 2017

 

Next Thursday (7/13) is Embrace Geekness Day and to celebrate we are holding a social media contest. Show and tell us how you embrace geekness and you will be entered to win a Geek Prize Pack.

To enter, post a photo and description showing how you embrace geekness to Kramden’s Facebook page or post a photo on Instagram or twitter and tag @kramden. Don’t forget to include #embracegeekness in your post.

Remember, being a geek isn’t necessarily about loving computers. Geek icon Wil Wheaton put it best when he said “It’s not about what you love. It’s about how you love it.”  Show us how you pursue your passion, whether it’s video games, playing trumpet, or even knitting socks.

For Wil Wheaton’s full speech, watch the video.

Here are some creative “Embrace Geekness” Ideas:

  • Take a picture with a geeky shirt/coffee mug/item of any kind
  • Show off your collection of the items that allow you to pursue your passion (instruments, outdoor gear, video game consoles, etc.)
  • Take a photo of a geeky creation you’re proud of making.

Official Rules:

  • Promotion Description: “Embrace Your Geekness” Competition (“Giveaway”) will run from July 5, 2017 until July 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. By participating in the Giveaway, each participant unconditionally agrees to comply with these Official Rules and the stipulations provided by Kramden Institute (“Kramden”). Kramden is responsible for collecting and reviewing all eligible entries. Participants may reach out to Kramden with any comments or concerns about the Giveaway.
  • Eligibility: In order for a participant’s entry to be deemed eligible, the participant must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada, and must be at least 13 years old. Posts must be posted to Kramden’s Facebook wall with #EmbraceGeekness, or tag @Kramden and be tagged with #EmbraceGeekness on Instagram or Twitter. All entries must showcase a way in which the poster is embracing geekness. If there are any entries that have disputable eligibility, Kramden will make the final decision about whether the participant is eligible and the decision is non-negotiable. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  • Ineligible Entries: Any entries from ineligible participants (those who are not 13 or older/those who are not residents of the U.S. or Canada) will immediately be discounted for prize selection by Kramden. Any entries from spam accounts or duplicate entries on the same or different platforms will not be counted. One entry per person.
  • Winner Selection: Kramden will randomly choose a winner from all eligible participants. Participants may not dispute the selection by Kramden. The winner will be announced via a Facebook announcement and/or a Kramden blog post on 7/14/17. By submitting an entry, all participants provide Kramden permission to use their name in the announcement/post. The winner has 48 hours to respond to Kramden’s status announcement, blog post, or private Facebook message, to claim their prize. If the winner does not claim it within this timeframe, Kramden will select another winner. The winner will need to either pick up their prize from the Kramden office in Durham, NC, or privately provide a shipping address to Kramden for the prize to be mailed. Please allow 30 days for shipping.
  • Prize: The prize for this Giveaway is a Geek Prize Pack. The prize cannot be substituted or redeemed for cash by the winner. Kramden provides no warranty on this prize, and is in no way liable for any damages after it is initially shipped/picked up from Kramden. If the winner does not comply with the Official Rules, they forfeit their prize.
  • Privacy: All participants agree to allow Kramden to use their name and entry image, if they are selected as the winner, on a Facebook announcement post and/or a Kramden blog post. By posting from personal profiles to Kramden’s profiles (or using the designated hashtag on Instagram or Twitter), participants do not provide their personal contact information to Kramden.
  • Limitation of Liability: Kramden is not responsible for any incorrect information. Kramden assumes no responsibility for any mechanical, technological or human error that prevented a participant to submit an entry to the Giveaway. Kramden is not responsible for any entries that are reported to/deleted by Facebook because of the entry’s inappropriate nature. If the Giveaway is unable to run due to any virus, mechanical/technological/human error from Kramden, then Kramden reserves the right to cancel or terminate the Giveaway at any time. If this is the case, Kramden will draw a name from the eligible entries collected to the point of termination. The winner will be selected in the method outlined in section 4 of the Official Rules.
  • Sponsor: The official sponsor of this Giveaway is the Kramden Institute.
  • Facebook Disclaimer: This promotion is managed by the Kramden Institute. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Any information or content you provide, you are providing to the Kramden Institute and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims. Participation in this promotion is subject to the Official Rules.
  • Instagram Disclaimer: This promotion is managed by the Kramden Institute. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. Any information or content you provide, you are providing to the Kramden Institute and not to Instagram. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Instagram from any claims. Participation in this promotion is subject to the Official Rules.

 

 

Kramden Computers in Belize

Working with our longtime partner Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), 15 Kramden computers are in Belize. The systems are set up in a computer lab at Silk Grass Methodist School in the Stann Creek district of southern Belize. Southern Belize has a significantly higher rate of poverty than the northern part of the country and in the Stann Creek District, only 6 of the 36 primary schools had computers for the students to use.

A representative from KidzKonnect4Jesus, the local organization Rise Against Hunger partners with for their work in Belize, had this to say:

“For the vast majority of the 350 students at Silk Grass Methodist School in southern Belize, they touched the keyboard of a computer for the very first time thanks to the donation of much needed computers.  This includes children 13 and 14 years old.  The basic math and spelling programs preloaded captivated their attention like nothing we’ve ever seen before.  The teachers were amazed at the unusually calm and patient behavior as they waited quietly for their turn.  While we are early on with this program, everyone is very excited about this being a real “game changer” to drastically improve our learning process and literacy rates.”

 

 

 

A Kramden Super Geek won a STEMmy Award!

One of our awesome Super Geek volunteers, Ashlyn VanDine, was presented with the STEM Student of the Year 7-12 award at the Second Annual STEMmy Awards. The STEMmy awards, hosted by STEM in the Park, recognize students, educators, and organizations for the great work they are doing in STEM fields. Congratulations Ashlyn!

A full list of this year’s winners and pictures from the ceremony can be found here.

Geek of the Week – Sam Smith

 

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Sam Smith is Geek of the Week! Sam is a regular at our Mini Geek-A-Thon (MGAT) events and an expert ‘runner’, helping set up computers for the demonstration part of the award and helping families get everything loaded into their cars. He is a truly dependable volunteer, always ready to help out with whatever task is needed and is a key part of making our weekend events run smoothly and is a great example of a Kramden Super Geek. Thank you, Sam for all of the help you give Kramden!

 

Favorite Geek Books: The City of Ember (childhood memories)

Favorite Geek Movie: Star Wars series

What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden? I like to feel that I’m making an impact on others. I have the privilege of using a computer every day, for school and recreational purposes. It’s truly one thing that can majorly impact one’s life.

Best Kramden Moment? During an MGAT, I was a runner for a very gracious family. They were very friendly, kind people. It seemed to me they felt a bit of assurance for their son’s future with the addition of a computer in their household. It made me feel all “warm-inside” to know they were grateful for everything Kramden did for them.

When you are not volunteering at Kramden, what do you do? Besides school and the occasional video game, I experiment with new hardware and software for the server room in my house. I’ve set up full-on database servers to simple media servers. I enjoy taking something apart, understanding how it works or what was wrong with it, and reconstructing it for reuse.

Kramden featured in NCTA Member Spotlight

 

 

 

Kramden Institute was featured in the North Carolina Technology Association’s Member Spotlight for April 2017. Read the full profile here.

Refurbished computers given to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools families

 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Throughout the day on Thursday, parents pulled in front of Petree Elementary School thankful for a generous gift.

“It’s going to be a big help to everything. It will help me because that way [I don’t have to] be on their backs about their homework,” parent Thomas Williams said.

Free refurbished computers were provided to 100 families at the school who did not have a computer at home.

“We have a lot of smartphones, those have been a real savior for a lot, but there’s still that divide of being able to do schoolwork on a screen that they can see,” said Lynda Goff, executive director of WinstonNet.

WinstonNet, Durham-based non-profit Kramden Institute and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools teamed up hoping to close that gap.

“We’ve been making an effort to come to Winston-Salem and the Triad and try to get more computers into the schools here,” said Michael Abensour, Kramden Institute executive director.

It was an exciting moment for children like third-grade student Ciara Angove.

She had been using a tablet with an attachable keyboard, but looks forward to having a computer at home.

“If I have to write something, I might use the icon where we can write and then put it on a piece of paper,” she said.

“I can use it to look up stuff I haven’t learned yet like math,” fourth-grade student Deja Cunningham said.

On Friday, families at Bolton Elementary School will receive free computers bringing the total to 200 families helped by this initiative.

Find the original article here.

Southeast Raleigh Computer Center

 

The Southeast Raleigh community now has a new resource to help bridge the digital divide.  Bernadette McAllister, a longtime  advocate for digital inclusion and job readiness, has launched a training facility at Fellowship Raleigh to help meet the community’s needs. With support from Kramden Institute and Digital Inclusion Fellow Mike Byrd, Mrs. McAllister received 14 refurbished computers for the Southeast Raleigh Computer Center. The computer award from the Kramden Institute was funded in part by a grant from the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN).  

The Southeast Raleigh Computer Center will offer the Jobs For Life job readiness program  as well as digital literacy classes to residents of the community. On March 3, 2017 Mrs. McAllister and her volunteer staff hosted an open house for the Southeast Raleigh Computer Center which was attended by Raleigh City Council member Corey Branch, a strong advocate on city council for Southeast Raleigh residents. The Jobs for Life and digital literacy training started the following week on March 7, 2017 and the program currently has 10 participants from the community enrolled.  

2020 Olympic Medals to be made from e-waste

 

The Olympics is an amazing event. Thousands of athletes representing hundreds of countries come together every two years to compete. Millions of people around the world watch the best of the best give everything they have, every ounce of strength and skill, to win a medal. When the games take place in Tokyo in 2020, those medals will hold a little extra meaning.

Organizers of the Tokyo games recently announced plans to collect millions of used cell phones and other electronics from the Japanese public and use the metal recovered from recycling the e-waste to produce the medals. With collection boxes planned for more than 2,400 NTT DOCOMO stores and public offices around the country, the committee hopes to collect eight tons of metal (gold: 40 kg, silver: 4920 kg, bronze: 2944 kg) in order to produce the 5,000 medals for the Olympic and Paralympic games.

In a press release, Ashton Eaton, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and world record holder said, “The weight of a medal around your neck is always a good weight and when an athlete at Tokyo wins a medal, the weight of it will not be from the gold, silver or bronze; it will be the weight of a nation. The awesomeness of this project makes me want to come out of retirement and compete for one.”

While the medals for the 2010 and 2016 games made partly of recycled materials, this will be the first time the medals will be made entirely of recycled metals.

Geek of the Week – Keith Ertel

 

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Keith Ertel is Geek of the Week! One of our newest Super Geeks, Keith is a regular at our Open Monday volunteer sessions and has become an expert at breaking down old computers. He is a huge help to our warehouse team and always willing to lend a hand on special projects.

Favorite Geek Books: Sherlock Holmes mysteries; currently working my way through the Agatha Christie series

Favorite Geek Website: Depends on what I am into at the time: Pinside, Modern Vespa, CRAN

Favorite Geek Movie: Hard to pick one but I like Star Trek IV

What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden? I have learned some things and it gives me a feeling that I am giving something back.  I have also met some very nice people.

Best Kramden Moment? Finally having an opening so I was able to sign up for a volunteering event – the first one was a mini Geek-a-Thon.

When you are not volunteering at Kramden, what do you do? I started a consulting business that keeps me fairly busy and gives me a chance to keep my hand in science.  I taught myself R programming and next want to learn to work with Image J.   I also try to get out and take advantage of the Capital Area Greenway as much as possible.