CU-Boulder Donates Recycled Computers To Low-Income Youth

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High school students scrambled to re-assemble the guts of computers while a goofy hip-hop song about Macs and PCs provided a fast-paced soundtrack for their drill.

The fun competition exploring the anatomy of computers is one of many that the 10 students selected for an intensive camp at the University of Colorado have taken part in this week.

When the camp ends Friday, the college-bound students, who are from low-income families, will get to take home donated computers from CU that have been recycled and refurbished -- something that the educators behind the camp say helps bridge the "digital divide."

Some of the students receiving the computers have gotten into the routine of waiting in lines at public libraries to do their homework, said Jack DeBell, of CU's Recycling Services. 

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