Meudon: a “Micro Folie” school to bring digital technology within everyone’s reach

Posted Nov 22, 2022, 4:28 PMUpdated Nov. 22, 2022, 4:29 p.m.

Fighting against the digital divide, training students and parents in “good” use of the Internet: this is the objective of the Micro Folie digital school which has just opened in Meudon-la-Forêt (Hauts-de- Seine). An event welcomed by the presence, during the inauguration, of Jean-Noël Barrot, Minister Delegate in charge of the Digital Transition and Telecommunications and Gilles Babinet, President of the National Digital Council.

Located on 250 m², the place holds the label Micro Madness , a device supported by the State, supervised by the Ministry of Culture and accompanied by La Villette. It will be open to students as well as their parents and teachers. The school will be integrated into the school curriculum next January.

Place open to schoolchildren and adults

Denis Larghero, mayor of Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine) indicates that the purpose of this space is “to support parents and children in the proper use of digital technology so that they grow together and are not disconnected from the issues”. Its objective is also to explain “how to guard against the risks or fight against cyber harassment”.

This desire to democratize digital technology in the city, promote its use and not do it only for schoolchildren, is in line with our own values.

Cédric Coutat president of HP France

Ethical debates will be held, in conjunction with the National Digital Council and Seine et Yvelines Numérique, partners in this experience. The other desire of the municipality is “not to disconnect children from material reality, by showing them that digital is not only using a keyboard, but also working with your hands”, explains Denis Larghero. Thus, robotic workshops, 3D printers, or laser cutting are planned.

Support from HP France

For the creation of this Micro Madness, the city invested 200,000 euros and deployed human resources. The American group HP, world number two in the computer market, whose French headquarters are in Meudon, supports the initiative by equipping the school with the latest PC models, printers and workstations for carrying out 3D projects, as well as virtual reality headsets.

“This desire to democratize digital technology in the city, to promote its use and not to do it only for schoolchildren, is in line with our own values” indicates Cédric Coutat, president of HP France. The group is already mobilized in many initiatives of this type, in line with one of the rules established by its founders: “no one left behind”.

“It means, explains Cédric Coutat, that we must ensure that, both in our actions towards our employees and in the development of new products or services, we address everyone and not just an elite”. With this in mind, the group has decided to allow each of its volunteer employees to do four hours of volunteer work per month for the benefit of associations.

Meudon: a “Micro Folie” school to bring digital technology within everyone’s reach