Facing High-Tech: the Net@ program in Kfar Saba in a unique joint project with the SanDisk Corporation
Last month, the Net@ program in Kfar Saba and SanDisk Corporation launched a unique cooperation. SanDisk is a multinational American corporation that invented the field of memory cards. It designs, manufactures and markets memory cards for a wide range of devices.
The first stage of the cooperation was a visit of Net@’s 10th -11th grade participants and their instructors at an experiential laboratory that was constructed by volunteers from the company’s IT team. In total, 48 participants will take part in the project. During the first several weeks, volunteers from SanDisk will show the participants around the company in order to allow them to sense the company’s workplace atmosphere, understand how the server farm operates, and how the communications room functions.
Throughout the activities, the Net@ participants will be exposed to a real-time working environment; they will repair and upgrade old computers that will be donated to youth homes in Kfar Saba, to the “College for All” non-profit organization in Karmiel, to the “Amcha” club – a club for holocaust survivors in Be’er Sheva, and to other non-profit organizations that will apply for donations. A special sticker will be placed on each computer that is repaired by the participants.
Sandisk’s IT team is investing a lot of time and resources in the preparation of the project. The attention received by the Net@ participants, gives them a feeling that they are a significant part of a large company. The cooperation exemplifies the spirit of voluntarism that is shared by the Net@ program and SanDisk, both of which are doing their best to identify the needs of the community.
Cheli Sarusi, director of the Net@ program in Kfar Saba told us: “It was a very exciting experience for the participants. They had a great experience, and we hope to continue this fruitful cooperation in the future”.
There! The computer is fixed and even clean! Director of Net@ Kfar Saba, Cheli Sarusi, together with the SanDisk team and a 9th grade Net@ participant in the computer laboratory.
A smile is worth a thousand words. The technology instructor, Nitzan Finkelstein and the team are satisfied by the results.