The CCT Community Technology Program is based on the premise that cultural settings—museums and libraries—make ideal environments for community technology centers and digital inclusion programs because they offer cultural and historical context and resources that can help bridge the digital divide. This is especially true in rural public and tribal communities, where libraries are often the primary points of public access to computers and the Internet.
CCT partners with the New Mexico State Library on the New Mexico Makerstate Initiative to promote digital literacy and STEM learning in rural public and tribal libraries. NMHU Media Arts majors and AmeriCorps Cultural Technology members are helping to build local community self-reliance by reclaiming New Mexico’s maker heritage and introducing new technologies through a shared learning process.
CCT is partnering with the New Mexico History Museum to create the Cowden Makerspace and Learning Lab, opening summer 2017, where new maker activities will be developed that can be adapted for statewide outreach, inspired by New Mexico historical museum collections and exhibits. And we are working with Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails on the Innovate + Create program to excite young women about STEM learning and careers in technology, where women are under-represented.