It all began during a tree plantation drive that was being conducted in our college campus and the nearby village schools. Few students proposed the idea of teaching computers to the village school children in their free time. Thus was born SpirIT-Ed. Then we started at a government secondary high school in Ayyampatti, a small village behind the NIT Trichy campus. We began with a handful of volunteers who would cycle to the village thrice a week. We taught using old computers borrowed from our institute. Since the children had no prior exposure to computers, we were skeptical about the response we’d get, most of them being children of stone quarry workers and from the refugee camps. To our surprise we found them to be enthusiastic and eager, in spite of the medium of teaching being a mix English and Tamil. As time passed we realized we needed more computers and volunteers and that scaling up was inevitable. This is when we approached TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) to provide us with some PC’s. they helped us by providing us 50 computers. On August 15th 2007, we received 50 computers from them. On the same day, our students, along with help from the CSG group of NIT Trichy installed these computers in 10 schools in and around Trichy. Most of these schools had poor IT infrastructure to begin with. We were greeted with smiling faces at every one of the schools we visited. "ISDC Social Cause Trust" - a registered trust run by HCL employees, an IT major has provided us with material relating to English, computers and general knowledge. As of now, classes are being conducted at Ayyampatti, NITT School and Infant Jesus School (BHEL Township). All the schools that are being handled are higher secondary schools. At every school, our students teach there at least twice a week. They take classes for one hour where the basic theoretical part and hands on experience on the computers are given for the children. Apart from teaching the students, Spirit-Ed has also conducted computer training sessions for teachers of the nearby schools. These teachers are given two weeks of training on the computers at our Octagon computer centre.