In-school tech teams build computer confidence

Jan 11, 2015 10:57 AM by News Staff

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (AP) - A California school program is giving schoolchildren confidence with computers - one busted laptop or bugged program at a time.

The San Jose Mercury News says the program is called MOUSE Squad. It's operated in 125 California schools since 2003. At Valley View Middle School in Northern California's Pleasant Hill, 22 seventh- and eighth-graders serve as the school's computer techs. They fix computer problems for teachers and others, then write up service reports explaining what they did.

The program is meant to help girls and minorities in particular get used to thinking of themselves as tech whizzes. MOUSE Squad captain Francis Phan says solving people's computer glitches for them just feels good.

State leader Jan Half says the MOUSE squad also builds kids' confidence in communication and leadership.

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