CHICAGO (CBS) — The city of Chicago has launched a new mobile learning lab designed to bring computers and instructors to children who need them.
Chicago Park District Supt. Michael Kelly said the mobile classroom, unveiled as part of the Chicago City of Learning program, will allow kids to learn about things like computer coding, fashion design, and video production.
“The Destination: Chicago Mobile Van is another step in bridging the gap in resources, when it comes to the education of our children. The Park District is known for keeping kids active at summer camp, but we’ll also keep them learning,” he said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said summer learning helps children avoid what they call “the summer slide.”
Kids in the summer usually lose about two to three to four months of academic status; and by continuing the reading throughout the summer, we keep our kids ready,” he said. “The rising fourth graders, third graders, and second graders, they are prepared for school.”
The van will visit schools on weekdays, and events like neighborhood festivals on weekends.