The open source community never ceases to amaze me. There’s certainly no shortage of awesome and inspiring projects out there. That said, the Asian Penguins are one of the best things I’ve ever come across. This group of middle-schoolers from Saint Paul, Minnesota use Linux and open source technologies to give back to their community.
But don’t let me tell you about them, listen to what they have to say. Watch their 3-minute video and I bet you’ll break into a huge smile, just like I did.
Please help us to share their story. They are doing such great work and I’d love to see them inspire other groups and schools to create similar programs. We’re so proud to have them in our LPI Academy program.
More news from the Asian Penguins:
Asian Penguins Donate First Computer of School Year
Saint Paul, Minnesota (October 31, 2013) — The CSE Asian Penguins started their year of giving today by presenting a Saint Paul Karenni family with their first computer. The family, recent immigrants from a refugee camp in Thailand, are working to start their new life in America, and found that a computer would come in handy. That’s where the Asian Penguins came in. The team of four middle school girls traveled to the family’s home, set up the computer for them, and sat down the mother to show her how to use the software.
This trip to give the family a computer, or “mission” as the kids call it, was the first of what the club’s faculty advisers Jeff Cater and Stu Keroff hope will be a total of 15 for the 2013-2014 school year. This will more than double the number of computers given away last year, which was seven. This mission was also significant because it was the first time an Asian Penguins mission was conducted by an all girl team.
The Community School of Excellence Asian Penguins are the first and only Linux users group based in a Hmong charter school. Founded in 2012, the club seeks to learn about the use of Linux and open source software in order to apply that knowledge in an educational setting, and to perform service learning, using the knowledge of Linux and open source software t help people in practical ways.