Google Inc. donated 200 refurbished IMB ThinkPad laptop computers to the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District as part of its program to support local schools.
Google, headquartered in Mountain View, contributed the computers through its Goodware Program, a partnership with schools that promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and aims to close the achievement gap.
As part of the donation, Google made available its public domain software and the free Internet access the company provides throughout Mountain View.
Earlier this year, Google invited district students to its campus for a daylong experience shadowing employees. The company also dispatched engineers to Mountain View and Los Altos high schools to participate in the schools’ Engineering Weeks.
According to school officials, MVLA students will use the computers in all areas, with a special focus on STEM and expanding Internet access on campus. This year, a more powerful and robust WiFi network for students and staff has upgraded the technology on both campuses.