Intel Hopes Kids go 'Clubbing'
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Apr 03, 2000
Youth interested in using computers will soon be able to do so at after-school
Intel Corp. recently launched its Computer Clubhouse Network, a program
to give children ages 8 to 18 from underserved communities a place to explore
technology, said Rosalind Hudnell, community education program manager for
"Some students are not engaged in the traditional learning environment
and after-school hours are when they're learning the most," Hudnell said.
"The clubhouses provide the opportunity for a safe environment where students
take the responsibility for learning ... and where they build the confidence
to do it on their own."
The program, developed in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, has 15 centers, most in the Boston area. More are scheduled
to open in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, California and Washington. By 2005,
100 clubhouses are to be open worldwide.
Steve Osemwenkhae, a 19-year-old sophomore majoring in computer science
at the University of Massachusetts Boston, said he was "forced by a good
friend" to try a computer clubhouse years ago and hasn't looked back.
"He showed me different techniques for the Internet, like how to log
on, set up an e-mail account and the beginnings of a Web page, but at first
I wasn't too excited," Osemwenkhae said. But as he learned more, his interest
grew. "There's a great atmosphere and learning environment, and my artistic
skills began to develop as well."
Typical spots for clubhouses include community centers, youth clubs
and other safe, accessible locations, Hudnell said. Most will have 16 to
20 work stations. Intel managers will staff them all, assisted by representatives
from Hewlett-Packard Co., Covad Communications Co. and the Academy for Television
Arts and Sciences.
More information on the program is available online at www.intel.com/education.