Comcast joined Khan Academy, Google.org, and the 49ers Foundation last week for a special event at the 49ers Academy in East Palo Alto, California to announce the winners of the first LearnStorm Monthly Cup. LearnStorm is the free Bay Area math challenge powered by Khan Academy that challenges not only student mastery, but also perseverance in learning math.
At the event, Scott Adams, Director of Government Affairs for California, announced that we will offer six months of complimentary home Internet service through Internet Essentials for students who are from a school that unlocks a LearnStorm prize and who are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. To unlock a prize, half of the school’s eligible students must sign up for LearnStorm and spend at least half an hour practicing Common Core math skills.
We are excited to be working with Khan Academy, as Internet Essentials ensures students can use the Internet to learn and further their education at home— whether they are participating in LearnStorm or completing Khan Academy’s 3 billion practice exercises, or they are doing homework, researching a paper, or staying in touch with teachers. We officially started working with Khan Academy in December 2013 when we announced a multi-year, multi-million dollar comprehensive partnership to raise awareness of the powerful content of Khan Academy and the transformative potential of Internet Essentials.
Our partnership with Khan Academy is just one example of thousands of partnerships we have established nationwide through Internet Essentials to help get more families online at home. For instance, we just partnered with Get Schooled to announce our year four milestones for the program, including that Internet Essentials has connected more than 450,000 families, or 1.8 million low-income Americans, to the power of home Internet.
Check out the photo gallery above, and the news clip here to learn more about the inspirational event.