Recently MIT was ranked first among universities in the country for commitment to national service. In the tradition of service, CSAIL is pleased to announce that Google will partner with CSAIL's infrastructure group (TIG) to support the Fiji and Kenya Outreach projects. Google will contribute a $20,000 gift to be used for equipment for these projects. Members of TIG are active volunteers in several global outreach efforts.
- Kenya project - http://tig.csail.mit.edu/twiki/bin/view/TIG/KenyaProject The Laare Community Technology Centre in Kenya was started in January 2005 by Eric Mibuari '06, with the assistance of MIT's Public Service Center.The goal of the centre is to increase general computer awareness and literacy in the Laare community by providing cheap, local and accessible training on the use of computers. The center will be enhanced with CSAIL prepared computers in January 2006. Thank you to Google for their recent gift of money for equipment for this project!
- Fiji Project - http://tig.csail.mit.edu/twiki/bin/view/TIG/TaveuniFiji Taveuni is a rugged, wet, verdant and pristine Fiji island . Taveuni is approximately 15,000 with all residents live in traditional Fijian villages with eight public and private schools on the island. The schools will be outfitted with their first computers in January 2006 by CSAIL. Thank you to Google for their recent gift of money for equipment for this project!
- M.E.E.T - http://www.m-e-e-t.org/ MEET is initiative aimed at creating a common professional language between Israeli and Palestinian young leaders through education. MEET participants acquire advanced technological and leadership tools which empowers them to create positive social change. CSAIL has supported this program since 2002.
- AMOUR -Robot swimmer - http://worldswimformalaria.com/en/RecentlySignedUp.aspx?SwimID=5211 On December 3 2005,the robot AMOUR will join 1,000,000 swimmers around the world in a swim raising money for the world fight against malaria. The money raised will buy mosquito nets for the people in affected areas by malaria.
Local Programs:Many local outreach programs proceed quietly and often, unnoticed. Students and other lab members donate time in their very busy schedules to local schools and to mentoring activities. CSAIL members participate in many outreach programs including:
- FACT -Families Accessing Computer Technology -http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/fat.html
- KEYs -Keys to Empowering Youth -http://web.mit.edu/mitpsc/programs/keys/
- SEED Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery Academy- http://mit.edu/seed
- Springboard Enterprises - http://www.springboardenterprises.org/
- WTP Women's Technology Program - http://wtp.mit.edu/