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Programs We Have Funded

The following programs were created, funded and directly managed by ANS. Many of these were later sold or given to other organizations:

The ANS Network was the underlying backbone of the National Science Foundations Network for over four years and was one of the first commercial networks in the Internet.  It was the largest and fastest part of the Internet during its time.  ANS funded this early network with its revenues, funding from the NSF and donations from IBM, MCI, Nortel, Merit and the State of Michigan.

ThinkQuest was created by ANS.  It is an international competition with awards for participants that encourages students to form teams to build high quality educational web sites that will help other students to learn. 

It’s goals have been to: foster collaboration among students, including those from dissimilar schools; create a structure in which students can help other students to learn by building exciting and innovative web sites using the power of the web; and to enable the broad use of those web sites by other students and schools to improve the quality of educational tools and materials available on the Internet.

ThinkQuest New York City creatively brings together learning and technology for students and educators. Combining the power of technology with proven educational principles, ThinkQuest New York City offers exciting programming including the annual "ThinkQuest Challenge", a contest for students to create educational websites. Critical to its mission is to provide free training for teachers and educators in schools and after-school programs.

The National Tele-Immersion Initiative was created and funded by ANS at the following sites:

Brown University;
Columbia University;
Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA;
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; University of Pennsylvania;
University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign; University of Southern California.

ANS started and funded the IP Performance Metrics program that led to the IETF IPPM effort.  This program developed a set of standard metrics that can be applied to the quality, performance, and reliability of Internet data delivery services.

The following Programs were supported by ANS grants:

TRIO Upward Bound ThinkQuest Program provides support for high school students from low-income families in preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.

For five years ANS funded the Internet Society to manage the judging of the ThinkQuest contest.  ANS is also a founding member of ISOC.

The Internet Society (ISOC) provides leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy and address issues that confront the future of the Internet.

Internet2 is the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium promoting the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies. 

In 1996, Advanced the Internet2 Architecture and Engineering group was an active program within ANS.  Recently, ANS funded Internet2 for support of the K-12 initiative related to the 20th anniversary of the NSFNET.


Computers for Youth’s mission is to improve the educational prospects of low-income students by providing them and their families with home computers and the skills to use them. 

CFY started in NYC and ANS provided the initial funding for CFY to expand to a national force.  Using technology as a catalyst, CFY helps students become more engaged in their own learning and thereby succeed in school and as life-long learners.

Year Up  is a one-year intensive training program that provides urban young adults, ages eighteen to twenty-four, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate apprenticeships. 

ANS provided the funding to ensure that students that complete the YearUp program have continued support via regional centers, on-line courses and an alumni support network.

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship helps young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. Since 1987, NFTE has reached more than 186,000 young people, and it currently has programs in twenty-one states and thirteen countries.

ANS provided the funding to open the NFTE program up in Miami Dade County – many have matched our funding and the program has been very successful in FL. 

Education Foundation of Sarasota TeXcellence Program is patterned after CFY’s successful efforts and improves the educational prospects of low-income students by providing them and their families with home computers and the skills to use them. By using technology as a catalyst, we help students become more engaged in their own learning and thereby succeed in school and as life-long learners. ANS provided the seed funds to make this a broadly supported program in Sarasotacounty.

NetDay Student Voices Resource Center is an online "how-to" kit to get kids to be part of local decision-making at their schools on the use of technology in education and to use local community activism to drive change at the local, state and national level.  It's a direct response from what NetDay learned from the 210,000 kids that participated in their SpeakUp Day online survey.

Project Tomorrow’s goals are to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  By supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in K-12 schools and communities, students develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century. 

Building with Books empowers urban U.S. high school students through in-class and intensive after-school programs to build schools and bring literacy to children and adults in developing countries around the world.

It’s programs are designed to build confidence and real-world capabilities in American youth while also empowering communities world-wide to overcome the crippling cycle of illiteracy, poverty and low expectations by opening the door to education.

iEARN’s Moving Voices Project empowers young people in sixteen countries to use broadband technologies to produce digital videos as part of a first-of-its-kind international repository of cross-cultural videos for use in schools in the US and worldwide.
This project puts broadband technology in the hands of educators around the world to teach them, through an online professional development course, to integrate digital filmmaking in the curriculum. The goals are to achieve specific learning objectives, advance professional 
development and foster cross-cultural exchange.

ANS provided a grant to support the.News project internet-based multimedia literacy activities and student-generated online content linked to broad curriculum goals, and to implement two online features:  you.Edit, which will allow students to create their own reports using the.News provided content, and you.Report, a local-national activity that encourages creation of student-generated video content.

The following programs were supported by ANS as Board Grants:

Sarasota PC Users Group has supported the Education Foundation of Sarasota’s TeXellence program by helping to refurbish PC’s for use by students in Sarasota County.

TELACU is a pioneering institution committed to service and to the empowerment of the Hispanic community in Los Angeles.  Its goal: to revitalize urban, underserved communities throughout the United States.

Quality, affordable homes are developed for first-time homeowners, and residential complexes are constructed and operated for families and senior citizens. Community assets like schools, infrastructure, shopping centers, and municipal facilities are built, creating well paying jobs and revitalized communities for local residents

Desert Sands Unified School District Foundation worked with The JASON Project which is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, connecting young students with great explorers to inspire them to pursue careers in science. Its core curriculum units are designed for fifth- through eighth- grade classrooms, but they are flexible enough to be adapted for higher or lower grades. Throughout the year, JASON gives every student a number of opportunities to join real expeditions without leaving
their classrooms.

Learning Connection of Naples was dedicated to filling the gap for students that do not have access to strong educational resources at home.  Serving 83,000 children during it’s active life, it had a strong impact on community it served.

New Horizons Resources is a not-for-profit agency that provides services to children and adults who have developmental disabilities and live in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.

ANS’s grant funded the Media Center at the library.

The goal at New Horizons is to provide individuals who have developmental disabilities with opportunities and environments where they learn the skills and develop the confidence needed to live their lives as independently and as happily as possible.

Sarah Hull Hallock Library provides a wide range of traditional and electronic resources and services to all residents of its community.  ANS provided the library a full range of computers and networking resources to support their users.

The purpose of the Ulster County Library Association (UCLA) is to provide services to all public and free association libraries in Ulster County to encourage the maintenance of a high level of library service to the people of Ulster County.  ANS’s grant helped to enhance the IT services in fifteen liberties servicing Hudson Valley. 

The UCLA provides the following services to the people of Ulster County: Coordinating and executing all activities required to secure public funds on behalf of county libraries; Coordinating the dissemination of information to the public on library services and activities; Providing a forum to encourage free communications between county libraries; Defining and executing special projects for the benefit of county libraries, as appropriate.

Princeton Young Achievers helps children from low- and moderate-income neighborhoods improve their school performance and English language skills. Every Monday through Friday, Princeton K–5 schoolchildren meet at neighborhood centers for homework support and enrichment activities including science and art projects, one-on-one tutoring, and literacy support.

Cristo Rey Schools provide a unique work-study program for low-income students and also teach the value of giving back though community service. There are now twenty-one schools, nineteen in urban areas across the United States.

St. Cabrini Home is a non-profit (ANS Grant school tech and ed programs – IT network and computer & Software to help kids)  organization which provides residential care and intervention to adolescents and their families in New York State. Through the incorporation of educational, clinical, recreational, spiritual, and socialization strategies, St. Cabrini Home gives students the tools they need to conquer the obstacles to their personal growth and development.

Montford Academy received an ANS grant to support their participation in a robotics program run by the FIRST organization (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

The program was successful and accomplished its primary mission of introducing a team of high school students to a real-life engineering project.

The Beaufort County Community College received a grant from Advanced to build their Student Wireless Network across the entire campus and to place wireless hot spots within that network.


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