Bridging The Digital Divide
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world in early 2020 and students were sent home and expected to do their school work online, we realised that our local community faced a digital divide.
Many students were trying to do school work on mobile phones and many more simply had no access to the internet. Some Logan teachers estimated that up to 80% of their students had no access to the internet and therefore faced a significant disadvantage.
Instead of scrapping the computers that came through our doors we started testing, refurbishing and loading them with everything a student requires to do their work. Over 4000 desktop computers are now back in the community and the work is ongoing. Because of this initiative, Substation33 has been thrilled to connect and partner with other like-minded organisations and charities.
We are proud to be able to support LiteHaus International in their goal of "a digitally literate global society" across developing countries in the south Asia-Pacific areas.
Together with ACS, Substation33 has received funding from Skilling Queenslanders for Work so unemployed youth recieve formal training while learning to refurbish computers and deliver them to students in need. The initiative is called the “See I.T. Be I.T. Traineeship”. The trainees receive
individually tailored support and training in the real workplace environment of Substation33.
ACS Queensland, QATSIF and Substation33 See IT Be IT Campaign – Connecting First Nations children with laptops in Queensland | Member Insights | ACS
QATSIF (Qld Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation)
Computers for Students
At Substation33 we re-cycle and re-use electronic waste, including computers, that would otherwise end up in landfill or be left to sit in your shed or corporate store room. Unfortunately, up to 80% of students in Logan may not have access to a computer at home. Substation33 provides computers to these students and their families and we are committed to bridging the digital divide in Logan and the greater Brisbane area.
If you need a computer for the family we have a variety of desktop computers to suit your requirements. Our computers come with everything you need to plug in and get working within a few minutes - monitor, keyboard, mouse, wifi dongle and all cables.
$100 - suitable for primary school students.
All of our computers come with:
Microsoft Office (students with an Education Qld or TAFE student email address will have free access to this)
Libre Office (a free alternative to Microsoft Office)
Minecraft Education App
3 month hardward-only replacement (returned in person)
Although Windows is installed, we do not sell Microsoft license keys, thus Windows is not activated. Your use of the device is not restricted in any way, but there will be a watermark on the bottom right hand of the screen saying "you need to activate windows". If the computer is going to a student they may claim a Microsoft key from their school free of charge.