Economic Development

Oak Hill Collaborative Completes Raspberry Pi Program

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – An effort to bridge the “digital divide” for those from low–to-moderate income households is under way at the Oak Hill Collaborative this summer.

The Oak Hill Collaborative is nearing completion of a program it sponsored that engaged 12 young people in STEM education and hands-on training in building and programming a Raspberry Pi microcomputer. The program’s target population consists of students between the ages of 10 and 15 who live within a 10-mile radius of the collaborative at 507 Oak Hill Ave.

These programs are designed to bridge the digital divide by serving those children who may have limited access to the internet and other key technologies, said Patrick Kerrigan, executive director. The program teaches students skills and provides internet access through Raspberry Pi devices that the students built and programmed themselves.

This was the second of three such programs hosted this year by Oak Hill, Kerrigan said. The final class is scheduled for this Saturday, and the next program begins next week.

The Oak Hill Collaborative describes its mission as promoting “economic development and community revitalization through small business development, neighborhood improvement and beautification, and an innovative Makerspace.”

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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.