IBM donates special computers for young children to Wake County schools
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RALEIGH — One of the biggest names in computers is thinking small.
IBM has designed special computers for young children. It is the IBM KidSmart young explorer computer, designed specially for little children.
“They touch on everything from early literacy, early math skills, sequencing, categorizing, shape identification, it's really endless the things they can do on this computer. the program is designed for children from ages 3 to 6,” said preschool teacher Monica Stokes.
The computers are brightly colored for young students. A bench seat encourages them to work together and take turns. There is a smaller mouse for smaller hands and a color-coded keyboard for kids learning their letters.
Kameron Hayes, 4, loves the computer so much, he wishes he had one at home, too.
“Through the computer, I do the A,B,C's and numbers,” said Hayes.
Stokes said the computer helps in the development of two essential skills early in life.
“To become 21st Century learners, we want our children to become comfortable with technology. This computer lets us develop some of their early learning skills as well as work on their social skills,” said Stokes.
IBM donated 10 of the computers to the Wake County School System, with a total value of $26,000. A gift that's not lost on these developing young minds.