FAQs

What does the name mean?

We call ourselves the Asian Penguins because almost all of our students are Asian and the mascot of Linux is a Penguin. We just put the two together. Also, it's a bit of a joke, since Asia has no indigenous breed of penguin. The world's only Asian Penguins are at our school!

When do you meet?

Our Junior Varsity Team (grade 6) meets on Wednesdays during lunch (11:55 to 12:19), and our Varsity Team (grades 7 and 8) meet on Thursdays during lunch.

Where do you get the computers?

We get our computers from a variety sources. Some are purchased from the MN Surplus Exchange, some have been donated by St. Vincent de Paul in Minneapolis, some have come from Free Geek Twin Cities, and some are donated by individuals in our community.

Why do you use Linux?

We like doing computing differently and learning new things. Also, Linux is a dynamic and growing field.  It doesn't hurt that Linux is free, too.

How do you decide who gets the computers?

The computers go to families who have school aged kids at CSE, who qualify for free or reduced price lunch due to income, and who do not already have a computer.

How many computers have the Asian Penguins given away?

Since our donation program began, we have given 78 desktop PCs to area families, 5 desktop PCs to a local nonprofit, and 4 laptops to our sister school in Thailand, for a total of 87.