Sandia Labs donates 200+ computers to California high schools
- By Derek Major
- Oct 07, 2015
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or in this case, a high school’s computer lab.
The Sandia National Laboratories donated 242 retired computers to the Northern Humboldt Union High School District in McKinleyville, Calif.
The school district operates two four-year high schools, two small continuation high schools, one charter school and a host of other programs. According to a Sandia Labs newsletter, the computers will be deployed to the schools' math and science departments as well as to the Innovation Design and Manufacturing Institute, which gives students access to teacher facilitators, industry experts as well as industry standard software, technology and equipment.
Mitch Williams, an electronics technologist at Sandia, led the transfer efforts after he drove by the school’s closed campus one day and asked if there was a need for donated computers.
Todd Curry, the director of technology for the school district, said the donation will save the district money that can now be used to help purchase laptops and tablets for students to use.
Sandia had used the computers as virtual machines to emulate very large networks of computers, which could then be used for various research efforts.
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.