The Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) recently partnered with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), Fair Park First, and Spectra to launch its Mobile Learning Lab at Fair Park. The Mobile Learning Lab is a converted school bus that provides various summer programs and a footprint of 200-300 feet of free Wi-Fi coverage.
The Mobile Learning Lab will be stationed at Fair Park all summer from Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Attendees can find the sky-blue painted bus just inside Gate 5 at the corner of Second Avenue and Grand Avenue.
When school buildings closed due to COVID-19 in March, an estimated 36,000 DISD households had no Internet connectivity. Currently, over 40 percent of residents in Dallas lack in-home connectivity, according to research conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and a recent DISD survey found that nearly 30% of students do not have internet access. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa led the charge, known as Operation Connectivity, and believes providing broadband internet connectivity to all DISD families is a social justice issue that must be addressed.
Various summer programming for DISD students includes tutoring, experiential learning opportunities, financial and digital literacy, and more. For parents, resources including job application assistance, access to online services, workforce development, among others, will be available. Days, hours, and the location inside of Fair Park could vary based on availability and weather. Please visit the DIA Mobile Learning Lab Facebook and website for up-to-date information and a list of programs throughout the summer. Programming for the week of July 13 will be on Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM with partner Project Still I Rise and focused on learning about building and flying model rockets and airplanes.
In the interest of public safety, social distancing will be in effect, and masks are required. A mask will be provided for attendees who do not have one. Please visit Fair Park’s website for Fair Park’s safety precautions.
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