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Computer #50

posted Mar 13, 2019, 5:27 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 5:28 PM ]

Asian Penguins computer #50 went out the door today. Here's something new: this CSE family from Republic of Congo doesn't speak Hmong, Karenni, or Karen. They speak French! Big thanks to Ms. Johnson for translating! Here's a few photos:

Asian Penguins Computer #49

posted Mar 8, 2019, 2:07 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Mar 8, 2019, 2:07 PM ]

Today, a team from the Asian Penguins delivered computer #49 to the home of an elementary Hmong student. The team, consisting of Nari (leader), Haylie (assistant/photographer), Teng (interpreter), and Choj (videographer), took the short journey to the home and got things up and running quickly. This was the first mission for everyone except Nari, who is in her third year of the program. Also noteworthy is that two of the members of this team (Nari and Haylie) will also be speakers at the Hmong National Development Conference in San Jose, CA in April.

Here are a few photos:

The team: Teng, Nari, Choj, and Haylie
(Mr. Keroff at the end stayed behind, but someone told him to stand in the photo!)

On the way.

Going over the software at the house.

Great job, team!

Asian Penguins Director Nominated for HNDC Impact Award

posted Mar 5, 2019, 11:33 AM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 11:26 AM ]

Asian Penguins Director Stu Keroff has been nominated for the 2019 HNDC Impact Award. This nomination is in recognition for his work in closing the Digital Divide in Saint Paul's Hmong/Southeast Asian community. The of the 10 people nominated for the award, five will be declared winners and will receive their awards at the Hmong National Development Conference in San Jose, CA on April 20, 2019.

Voting for the award starts March 5 and goes through March 11, with the winners being announced March 13. To place your vote, go to:

Asian Penguins at the Rice Street Library

posted Feb 28, 2019, 12:36 PM by Asian Penguins

On Wednesday, February 28, 2019, the Asian Penguins traveled to the Saint Paul Rice Street Library to teach the kids in the Createch program how to install and use Linux. We had a great time meeting their kids. Which library wants the next visit from the Asian Penguins?

Here's a few snaps:

Learning about the inside of the machine.

Getting things connected.

Running the installation.

Thanks for having us, Rice Street Libary!

And here's a video:

Asian Penguins at the Rice Street Library

From The Other Side Of The World

posted Feb 18, 2019, 4:13 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 4:14 PM ]

Some time ago, an open source software club at a university in Tunisia reached out to us and asked us to write an article for their magazine. They asked, we delivered. The article ran in the May 2018 issue of OSSEC (Open Source Software ENSI Club) Magazine. ENSI is the National School for Computer Science in Tunisia (ENSI = L'Ecole Nationale Des Sciences De L'Informatique). The magazine is mostly in French, but the article we gave them is in English.

Here's the link. Our article is on page 30 of the magazine:

Asian Penguins Director Speaks at Sourcewell Technical Leadership Conference

posted Feb 18, 2019, 3:13 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 4:14 PM ]

On February 8, while the state of Minnesota was in the midst of a deep freeze, Asian Penguins Director Stu Keroff traveled to Saint Cloud to speak at the Sourcewell (formerly TIES) Technology Technical Leadership Conference. The title of his talk was "The Future is Now: Students as Technologists", and in it Stu talked about how the Asian Penguins created a template for getting kids involved in shaping the technology landscape of a school. Here's a video of the talk:

The Future is Now: Students as Technologists

Asian Penguins at MN School Board Association Conference

posted Jan 18, 2019, 12:37 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Jan 18, 2019, 1:43 PM ]

January 17, 2019: The Asian Penguins had a booth in the Student Showcase at the MN School Board Association Conference. We got to talk to a lot of administrators and other school personnel about having a Linux club at school. And, of course, we gave away a LOT of brochures, buttons, stickers, DVDs, and printed copies of "The Linux Club Guide" by Stu Keroff.

If you want to have your students learn "in demand" tech skills, make old computers usable again, and help needy students, the answer is pretty simple: start a Linux club. If you want to know more about how it all works, read "The Linux Club Guide" by Stu Keroff ( or email with your questions.

Here are some photos!

The team: Mr. Jingbo Deng, Shengyeng, Steven, Sophia, Yee, Ekin, and Mr. Stu Keroff

Getting things ready.

Giving out resources and swag.

Getting the word out!

We'll probably be back next year.

Asian Penguins on WCCO Radio

posted Jan 16, 2019, 6:56 AM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 6:57 AM ]

On Monday, January 14, 2019, the Minnesota Twins Caravan visited Community School of Excellence, with Twins players meeting the students and leading them in fun activities. Along with the event, the WCCO Radio morning show came to the school to broadcast live. While they were there, Dave Lee from WCCO interviewed some of the staff, including Asian Penguins Director Stu Keroff. Here is a video of that interview:

Mission 1-11-19

posted Jan 16, 2019, 6:49 AM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 6:50 AM ]

The Asian Penguins continued their mission to close the Digital Divide and keep it closed on Friday, January 11, 2019 by delivering a computer to a Karenni family. The team, made up of Ro Pre (leader), Gina (assistant), Neh Meh (interpreter), and Christina (photographer) made trip out to the family's home to get everything set up for an elementary student and his family. Since we no longer have a long list of students waiting, our turn around time for delivering a computer is faster these days, so the family was not waiting long. Here are some photos:

Gina, Christina, Neh Meh, and Ro Pre

Getting things set up.

Checking out the software.

Job well done.

Asian Penguins Mission 12-20-18

posted Dec 20, 2018, 12:06 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Dec 20, 2018, 12:08 PM ]

On December 20, 2018, the Asian Penguins sent a mission team to deliver a computer to a Karen family home. This team, made up of Kassakorn Mo (leader), Meh Reh, Htwar Reh, and Hsa Thaw, got out to the home and got the computer set up and then showed the dad of the house how it worked. Here are some photos:

What is significant about today's mission is that the student receiving the computer is the last student on our referral list. We will, no doubt, get more referrals in the future. And we will give those students computers.

However, at the moment, CSE has no Digital Divide. We've been working toward this moment for the last 6 years.

Thank you for your continued support!

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