The following five projects are KC’s first-ever grant recipients of the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund. The fund invested $75,000 in the spring round to allow innovators to build and launch a pilot in Kansas City that impacts learners and our community by leveraging and building capacity for gigabit technology.
Gigabots – Big Bang / The Gigabots bring connected robotics and devices to classrooms using existing educational robotics platforms. A Gigabot is a combination of hardware, software and a cloud platform that connects Gigabots to each other from any location in real-time. This project takes Robotics to a new frontier in science and engineering through programming, all while teaching kids how to share innovation in collaborative ways. Web | Blog | Follow
3D Multi-School Learning / aSTEAM Village – a project featuring next gen telepresence technology to teach Computer Programming and Video Game Design, providing a key STEAM pathway for students in a multi-school setting. This project can deliver high tech innovation to interest-driven pursuits for non-dominant students in STEAM subjects. Web | Blog | Follow
Project Bright Spots / The Lean Lab – using the gig as a collaboration tool for video and live sharing to rapidly spur community dialogue and collaboration around innovation in education by sharing examples of “Bright Spots” in teaching and learning in the KC metro region. This project leverages the power of community, as powered by technology to create real solutions in advancing systemic education. Web | Blog | Follow
Augmented Reality / Bonner Springs Fire Dept. – A specialized training system that equips first response trainees with Google Glass to share live video and real-time information during training and simulation scenarios. This project proposes to use the gig to save lives, giving KC a civic application of modern computing, with an ability to aggregate data to help coordinate first responders’ actions in the field. Web | Blog | Video
Gigabit Cafe / Reconciliation Services – Bridging the digital divide by bringing gigabit internet connectivity to social services by deploying the first public test of the “Software Lending Library” to demonstrate internet relevancy and transformative powers to Reconciliation Services’ clients and neighbors. This project is the perfect example of using technology and innovation to address societal needs. Web | Blog | Follow