JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The computer science students who gathered in a room at Andrew Jackson High School Friday morning had no idea what to expect until laptops were piled onto tables in front of them.
Fifty computers donated by PGA Tour and refurbished with funds from Florida Blue were given to those students by the organization STEM2 Hub, which focuses on narrowing the digital divide.
"The world is changing so quickly, and no matter what field of study you go into, having a computer is the tool that opens doors," Kathleen Schofield, the Executive Director of STEM2 Hub said.
The students will not only have the laptops to use at home and at school but will be able to keep them permanently.
"I feel like I'll be able to help more people who don't really know anything about it and it would be resourceful for more relatives and people who need help," Mya Sudduth, Andrew Jackson student, said.
Many of the students did not have easy access to the internet, meaning the laptops will be a vital tool as they continue in the STEM field.
Schofield said she hopes to see the students become entrepreneurs and eventually start careers in tech.
"So many of their resources are online these days, and most of these children don't even have a computer at home," Schofield said. "By having this, they're gonna be able to do their homework. They're gonna be able to start their own businesses."
Any businesses interested in contributing can reach Schofield at Kathleen@stem2hub.org or 904-502-0958.