Gigabit Community Fund
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What is Mozilla Gigabit?
The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund provides grant funding in select U.S. communities to support pilot tests of gigabit technologies such as virtual reality, 4K video, artificial intelligence, and their related curricula. In so doing, our goal is to increase participation in technology innovation in support of a healthy Internet where all people are empowered, safe, and independent online.
The Gigabit Approach
Our approach to taking gigabit discoveries out of the lab and into the field is threefold:
Fund and Support
We support the development of gigabit applications and associated curricula through the Gigabit Community Fund. Grants support pilots that take gigabit technologies out of the lab and into learning spaces in select cities across the United States.
Innovate and Spread
We catalyze the creation, adoption, and spread of these innovations through Hive Learning Networks. Hives are a local network of teachers, informal educators, technologists, and community members working together to advance the promise of the web for learning.
Scale and Grow
We leverage Mozilla’s national networks to share these successes across Hive cities, other gigabit cities, and beyond. Our open innovation practices facilitate the adoption of gigabit technologies by diverse new communities of users.
Where are Mozilla Gigabit Cities
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CERN+KC Gigabit Challenge
Leveraging gigabit connections with unrestricted data limits in homes, schools, and other community organizations, CERN is expanding its volunteer computing initiative - LHC@Home - to run a fuller range of physics calculations that will include event analysis and event reconstruction on its Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In this pilot, a local education leader will bring together educators across the Kansas City metropolitan area to explore how to bring this initiative into schools and other places of learning to create opportunities for students to contribute to physics calculations and research taking place at CERN. They will also be investigating how to combine learning the use of emerging technologies with learning the content. During the project period, the educators will develop a curriculum that connects the project to physics, math, computer science and social science via workshops and design sessions, and pilot the curriculum with students. This initiative provides an opportunity for learners of all ages to learn about a) distributed computing power; b) the power of advanced (gigabit) networking, and c) the democratization of science.
The Gigabit Advantage
Until today, volunteer computing projects, including LHC@Home, have been restricted to problems requiring heavy computing loads with minimal data movement. This is because almost all volunteers have slow or expensive data connections. For LHC@home this has restricted the possible type of calculation to event simulation. But the CERN experiments also require event analysis and event reconstruction calculations which involve heavy data movement. With the advent of Gigabit connections to homes and schools, CERN would like to run a pilot in Kansas City to measure the effectiveness of the CERN Volunteer Cloud running a fuller range of physics calculations. In addition to educating students on the physics research being done at CERN and providing the opportunity to engage in a citizen science activity, the curriculum will also help them understand the power of the gigabit internet connection that exists in Kansas City.
During the pilot period, 4 teachers and 10 students (9th to 12th grade) attended an experiential physics learning event “Quarknet Masterclass” at Kansas State University where they classified real CERN particle collision data into histograms and discussed with 50+ other students at the event and virtually with physicists from around the world. The 4 teachers then created a lesson plan from CERN and Quarknet resources and taught it to small groups of students. The students indicated the lessons helped bring physics to life, out of the textbook.
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