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Team Hot Spot

Team members: Row 1 (l-r): Jim May, Melissa Crosby, Terri Boone
Row 2 (l-r): Lottie Lewis, Caroline Mauldin, Jeannine Smalls, Weston Newton
Not Pictured: Rodell Lawrence

Team Hot Spot aims to bridge the digital divide that is so prevalent in South Carolina by expanding broadband access for students. Many programs, such as Apple grants, provide educational devices for students. However, when the students go home, many of them do not have access to Wi-Fi and so cannot use the devices to work on homework assignments. Through various collaborations with technology officials and organizations such as Connect South Carolina, Team Hot Spot will establish four Internet connectivity centers for students throughout the state. Working additionally with school districts and Title I coordinators, Team Hot Spot will bring Internet access to students at home so that they can pursue educational opportunities in a wider range of environments.