School has started, so it’s time for our annual plea for computers! If you have any old laptops or desktops that you aren’t using, please consider donating them to Tsukuba International School. We have a few more students this year, so we are looking for a few extra machines for our computer labs and classrooms.

If you have a computer that is in good mechanical condition, has at least 512 MB of RAM, and at least 40 GB of space on the hard disk and you are interested in donating it to the school, please get in touch with us. (If you aren’t sure about how much RAM or space your computer has, please get in touch anyway.) We can pick up any donated computers within Tsukuba, and will even consider paying for shipping computers from outside of Tsukuba depending on the specs.

We can install a free operating system (e.g. Ubuntu or gOS) on the computer, so don’t worry if your version of Windows is old or not work working well. Also, we can install free office software (e.g. Open Office), so it doesn’t matter if you don’t have MS Word or other office applications. We really just need the computers for office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations) and accessing the internet, so as long as the computer is in good mechanical condition and it meets the minimum specs, we will be able to use it.

We are also interested in receiving flat-screen monitors and other peripheral devices such as scanners, web cameras, microphones, and speakers if they are in good working order. USB keyboards and optical mice (mouses?) in very good condition are also welcome. Finally, it is unlikely that any of you have spare projectors lying around, but just in case you do, we would be very happy to find a new home for one here at TIS!

Thank you for your continued support of Tsukuba International School!