Hewlett-Packard and Intel

Intel and Hewlett-Packard recently co-sponsored the Boys and Girls Club of Central Maryland's (BGCCM) Computer Clubhouse, a high-tech mentoring program. This new program encourages self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning and helps students develop future job and life skills. The clubhouses are "invention workshops" where students are encouraged to learn through hands-on experience.

Learning stations are currently being built at the Computer Clubhouse at the BGCCM site at Pleasant View Gardens, which will include areas for a digital music studio, socializing, creating artwork, reading, building robotics and models and displaying the work created by clubhouse members.

Plans call for a 1,000-square-foot clubhouse with as many as 25 workstations.

The BGCCM was chosen due to its strong presence in the community and because of its constant support of underserved youth. The BGCCM is committed to allowing local youth to explore their talents through technologies that may otherwise be unavailable to them.

Intel has dedicated $32 million to open 100 Intel Computer Clubhouses around the world by 2005, including $200,000 in equipment and staff support to assist the clubhouse in central Maryland.

Oracle

Oracle Corp. announced the launch of Think.com, an international online community and collaborative learning environment.

Think.com was designed to provide students with a global forum for exchanging ideas, creating personal Web pages and collaborating on group projects. Students and teachers alike can obtain accounts for Think.com through participating schools.

Think.com was launched in 1999 with more than 60,000 members. Each member has a personal Web page within the site, where they can write articles, upload images and host discussions within the Think.com community.

Teachers use the service for online classroom activities and as a place to publish student projects.

Compaq

Following the events of Sept. 11, Compaq helped record and send thousands of digital video messages to the Give Thanks America program. The program was designed to give Americans the opportunity to express their thanks to U.S. troops around the world.

Compaq and its technology partner, Sorenson Media Digital Island, a cable and wireless company, are the masters behind the engineered e-mail delivery system for almost 22 cities throughout the United States.

Thanks to digital video cameras, computers and an Internet connection, anyone can send a video to the service man or woman of their choice from their own home.

The idea behind the program was to honor the memory of five Compaq employees who were victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center and to show their support for the military effort.

PTC

PTC recently awarded a $1 million software grant to a teacher at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica, Mass., to provide resources to teach design and technology to middle- and high-school-aged students.

The grant is part of the Massachusetts-based PTC Partnership for Innovative Learning, an initiative that helps educators prepare today's students for the future. Andrew Botticelli, a computer-aided design teacher at Shawsheen, was awarded the grant, which also included a license for 300 seats of PTC's Pro/Desktop design software, teacher training, classroom materials and Web-based resources.

The Partnership for Innovative Learning is part of a national design and technology movement that motivates students to participate in design and technology as academic subjects as early as middle school. PTC hopes to encourage thinking and problem-solving skills that will help students develop confidence with technology.