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Growing up in Keizer, Justin Gallardo and Michael Burns learned about computers by taking them apart to see how they worked and by doing triage when their machines crashed.

Now the 20-year-old computer science majors at Oregon State University are working to ensure that children in developing countries have that same opportunity.

“I was fortunate to have computers in my life from a young age, and resources to investigate and satisfy my curiosity,” said Burns. “I don’t like that there’s a limiting factor for some kids. If you’re curious in some countries and you don’t have books, the Internet or Wikipedia, eventually you run out of resources.”

Burns and Gallardo, both sophomores at OSU, have teamed up with One Laptop Per Child, an international non profit organization aimed at creating laptops that cost about $100 — making it affordable for governments to purchase one for every child.

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