After much anticipation, some Tri-State kids are getting access to something often not available at home.
Eyewitness News’ Abby Elmore was at the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville as a new computer lab was unveiled.
What was once just an average computer lab for children has now been transformed into a lab that isn’t just for computers.
Teirra Baltzell is a club member who says the new lab is really awesome.
“I like that we can do all these fun things and not just get on a computer,” she says.
The lab was made a reality after IGT — a service provider to the Hoosier Lottery– donated $30,000.
Kids at the Boys & Girls Club now have the chance to engage in hands-on activities.
Computers that surround this room do a lot more than surf the web.
Executive Director Ron Ryan says, “We thought we had a cool up to date lab until you walk in here today and see the opportunities.’
Before the upgrades, anyone using the computer lab was limited to basic programs. The new equipment allows for new opportunities.
Now, kids can create an image on a computer and then see it print out on a 3-D printer.
In addition to 3-D printing, there’s a stop-action station where kids can create videos – along with a keyboard and sound mixing.
Ron Ryan says the kids that helped set it up are amazed.
While some may take the summer off from learning, these kids are wasting no time in taking advantage of the opportunity.