Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to Birmingham, Alabama, involves a partnership with Ed Farm, an education nonprofit that will provide access to Apple’s programming and creative courses and teach civil rights content through the use of augmented reality technology,media reported.
Announcing edFarm’s event, Cook told the audience about the need to teach a new generation of civil rights and provide young people with the tools to learn and use technology to build a new future for themselves.
“It’s about civil rights, education, the city and its centrality in building a more perfect alliance in the United States,” Cook said at the event, according to a video posted on Twitter by Brandon Wilson. In our common quest for a new future defined by education, innovation and technology, we must face a long-standing commitment to equality in order to meet today’s enduring injustices. “
Part of civil rights education involves a new project involving augmented reality. While there are no details, Apple’s position as a key industry partner could allow it to help create it, potentially taking advantage of existing toolkits such as ARKit.
In addition to the AR civil rights program, EdFarm will use Apple’s Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create courses to teach the basics of programming. And use Apple’s tools to make art and other projects through free-to-download digital technology.
Ed Farm is a non-profit organisation that aims to help Birmingham City School and adult learners in the Greater Birmingham area. From the 2020 school year, EdFarm will expand its work to the United States.