NOWCastSA receives Google Fiber Grant for education

NOWCastSA has received a $6,000 grant from Google Fiber to conduct a pilot program to help students in San Antonio public housing build versatile RaspberryPi computers for free and to teach them digital media literacy skills.

The education effort falls under the ConnectHome initiative announced last year by President Barack Obama and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. ConnectHome hopes to give children living in poverty a free lift across the digital divide. (see the NOWCastSA story and video on that here.)

Digital Divide

As the above illustration from the White House Council of Economic Advisors shows, the areas of San Antonio where most people do not have high-speed Internet are also the areas of greatest poverty.

Google pledged to give free Internet access to people in public housing in every Google Fiber city, including the roughly 6,000 families who live in San Antonio Housing Authority properties. Read more about how San Antonio is coming together to tackle the issue here.