Mountain View Voice

News - September 16, 2011

Google gives 200 laptops to local high schools

by Nick Veronin

Google is donating 200 used laptops to Mountain View high schools, as part of its ongoing efforts to support science, technology, engineering and math education in local schools, officials from the high school district said.

The gift will be used exclusively by students, according to Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District. Groves expressed gratitude to the local search giant for its ongoing support of education in Mountain View.

Groves said the computers will be distributed among Mountain View and Los Altos high schools. Some may become dedicated to classroom use, while others may be checked out to students who need them to write a report or create a presentation. "This donation will be used, and it will be used every day," Groves said.

All of the laptops are IBM Thinkpads, Groves said. And all of them are in as-good or better condition than comparable computers that students have access to — something that exceeded his expectations, he said.

The laptops come at a time when the district is poised to take advantage of Web connectivity, Groves said. With a new high-speed wireless Internet network recently installed at both high schools, students and teachers will have Wi-Fi access everywhere on campus, even out on the athletic fields.

Groves said he is especially pleased that Google — a global company — still takes time to make investments in its backyard, a sentiment the company shares, according to spokeswoman Heather Spain.

"We really value our relationship with the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, and we're happy to contribute these laptops to their students," said Spain, community affairs manager at Google. "It's important to us to invest in science, math and technology education in our community, and what better place for us to do so than in our own hometown?"

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