A Computer Lab for the Scholars Working OverTime Team

Today, a group of underserved kids in Las Vegas are learning how to code without computers. Help provide the tools they need to get 'to and through' college.
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Eric Allen
Education
Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
5 Team Members

"I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer. It teaches you how to think." - Steve Jobs

The Scholars Working OverTime program is the first College Prep program for middle school students in East Las Vegas. In this underserved community, our students voluntarily attend classes for 9 hours each day and are doing everything in their power to get to and through the college of their dreams. 

This summer, one of our teachers, Rachel Warbelow, attended Dev Bootcamp and learned how to program. Now she is teaching her students HTML, CSS, Ruby, Rails, and Javascript... ON PAPER!

We believe teaching these students to program will completely change the opportunities they will have to attend college and beyond. 

  • In 4 years, the SWOT program has already achieved unprecedented results, taking students 2-3 grade levels behind and turning them into some of Nevada's highest achievers. 
  • Our kids are already doing the work. Even though they don't have computers, they are learning on paper so that when they have access to a computer, they will be a step ahead. 

What We Need

  • We need $35,000. After processing fees, this will enable us to purchase 15+ pairing stations which will allow up to 30 students to write code at a time. 
  • 100% of all money donated will go to funding the computer lab and paying the fees associated with hosting the SWOT Bot. 
  • If we do not reach our goal, we will purchase as many computers as we can and keep building brick by brick. 

What You Get

  • Many campaigns set aside a portion of the money raised to buy a thank you trinket for donors. We do not have that luxury; our students need every dollar we can get. 
  • In leiu of trinkets, you will receive a digital thank you card, video updates on our students progress, and the satisfaction on knowing that you empowered underserved students to achieve their dreams of getting 'To and Through college'.
  • All tiers come with the perks of all preceding donation levels.

The Impact

"Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime."

Attending Dev Bootcamp opened Rachel's eyes to an entire world of possibilities. Already at a disadvantage, these students don't have access to the basic technologies most students in the US take for granted. With your help, we can not only give these students a fighting chance, but give them a clear path to college and beyond.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't contribute financially, please share our story with everyone on Facebook, Twitter, and by email. We need all the help we can get. 

Thank you!

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raised by 474 people in 21 days
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  • $5USD
    Every dollar counts

    It is not about how much any one person gives... It's about how many people give. The fastest way to reach our goal is for everyone to donate something. Help us out, and share your donation with your friends (facebook, twitter) #swotbot

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  • $10USD
    Digital Thank You Card

    When you donate $10, we will send you a digital thank you card for helping us build the SWOT BOT computer lab: everything from cables and adapters to the Mac Minis that power our work stations.

    36 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    Inspiration Wall

    When you donate $25, it will provide a wireless mouse or the necessary video cables for our computer monitors. Your name will also appear on the SWOT Team's computer lab Inspiration Wall.

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  • $70USD
    Donor Engraving on Keyboard

    Donating $70 will supply one of the two wireless Apple keyboards needed for each of our pair programming stations, which we will gladly engrave with your name or the name of a loved one.

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  • $160USD
    Donor Engraving on Monitor

    Your $160 will purchase one of the two monitors needed to complete each of the pair programming computer stations, which we will gladly engrave with your name or the name of a loved one.

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  • $700USD
    Donor Engraving on Mac Mini

    We will be pleased to engrave your name upon the Mac mini provided by your donation of $700. Each Mac mini will serve as the heart of the computer station where students will learn together in pairs. We will gratefully display your name or the name of a loved one upon this device.

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  • $1,425USD
    Station Named in Your Honor

    With our deepest gratitude, we will name the computer station funded by your donation of $1425 in honor of you or a loved one. This station will become a place of transformative learning, made possible by your generosity.

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