Gigabit Community Fund
Next-generation networks with the power to transform learning.
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
Get in touch with your local Gigabit Hive community
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The Gigabots Cross City Connected Robotics
The Gigabots bring connected devices to classrooms using existing educational robotics platforms. A Gigabot is a combination of hardware, software and a cloud platform that connects Gigabots to each other from any location in real-time.
The Gigabit Advantage
Since the initial pilot in 2014, we have been dreaming of the possibility of cross-city and cross-country collaboration with The Gigabots. The Gigabots leverage the low-latency of gigabit networks to bring real-time cyber-physical systems to the classroom. We believe the result of the collaboration between The Gigabots and Changing Expectations will be a completely unique and revolutionary curriculum that will drive the adoption of gigabit in classrooms. Imagine a Mars rover style challenge where students from multiple schools collaborate to build and control a Gigabot remotely. This is the type of collaboration and communication that we are making possible.
During the grant period we provided training to over a dozen educators in the Austin, TX area. They learned how to create a Gigabot, connect it to the internet, and program it with our visual programming language. The Gigabots project was enhanced on the technical side with the creation of a simple two-step installer for firmware, and a new dashboard with a visual programming language. The educators in Austin also created curricula around the concept of a ‘Mars Rover Challenge’ to be used by multiple groups or teams. Each team would create a rover (a Gigabot) and have a Mars Obstacle Course locally. The teams would then collaborate and solve programming challenges either remotely or locally, with teams that could be located in any Mozilla Gigabit Community. We are working to convert the lesson plans for sharing with the Mozilla community.
Learn more about The Gigabots Cross City Connected Robotics
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