Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology (AZ StRUT) is honored to announce to have been awarded a $25,000 grant by Thunderbirds Charities to support our Techie Labs and Camps. With this generous grant, 300 Arizona students will engage in our hands-on computer training in Maricopa and Pinal counties, spreading digital opportunities and equity.
Tom Mehlert, AZ StRUT Executive Director adds, “We have seen the impact of our Techie Labs and Camps. Learners earn a refurbished computer, often their first personally owned device, sparking curiosity about learning more.“
Techie Labs and Techie Camps were started to facilitate hardware learning and distribute refurbished computers to Title I students in an engaging, hands-on approach. Students participate in a unique opportunity to disassemble and reassemble hardware, as well as configure operating systems. AZ StRUT creates an inclusive, safe learning environment for students in collaboration with partner schools and organizations.
Camps are a four-hour introduction to computer hardware technology, providing 10-15 participants with STEM enrichment. Learners take home a refurbished computer, expanding digital inclusion throughout our state. Techie Labs started in 1998 in partnership with local schools and colleges, with a priority focus on serving Title I schools. We now partner with 43 schools and colleges, with more than 3500 students enrolled. Learners build skills to earn A+ and/or IT Fundamentals certifications.
Furthermore, AZ StRUT introduces the importance of responsible recycling to youth, who are the future leaders and innovators of environmental and community health. Through these efforts, AZ StRUT strives to build a stronger, more equitable Arizona technological workforce with a sustainable future.
This grant is part of the Spring 2023 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees.