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What is the student thing and how do I get it? (As a homeschooler)

If I got free devices to tear down and make guides, that would be pretty good. So, what is the student program and am I eligible as a homeschooler? I can make very good guides and take professional photos.

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Hello George,

Thanks for your great question and interest in our programs. Our educational programs focus around teaching technical communication skills to students. You can learn a bit more about the program at and While we haven't historically worked with homeschool students before, we aren't opposed to it, but it would require some special circumstances. Our program is predicated on a participation agreement, which would need to be reviewed and agreed to by a parent, guardian, or someone who oversees your schooling. We also have an application process for our instructors, so we would need to find the appropriate equivalent to that application for your situation, and ensure you meet our participation requirements.

Of course, iFixit is an open source platform, so there is nothing to stop you (in fact we really encourage it!) from working on creating guides and teardowns on your own. It might be a far easier/better fit for you to just work through creating guides on your own without participating in our formal education programs. You are welcome to use any of our free resources on the EDU website to help you in the creation of your guides.

If you would like to explore joining our formal programs, please email us at education [at] ifixit [dot] com, so we can sort out the necessary steps.

Otherwise, I hope you'll post some guides—we love to share and show-off community guides.

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I have a few guides.

I'm part of a "Homeschool Assistance program" which is basically DIY schooling with some activities with the school, and teachers help with the education a little. But I'm interested in the students getting the donated devices and making guides. I noticed in many community contributed guides, there is an iFixit sticker on devices with the model of the device on it. I assume these are the dono devices and the guide is made by the students. Is there any way I can participate with getting these devices and making guides too?


I'll let Brittany address the educational aspect of this question, but I wanted to add one quick note.

Some of the devices we send out belong to us and others are loaned from various organizations. We require all the devices to be returned once the project is complete so we can maintain inventory, ensure they make it back to their respective owners, and review students' work if necessary. We're also responsible for ensuring broken devices are responsibly recycled.

You seem pretty stoked on getting devices to work on, so I just wanted to make sure you understand the process :)


To echo Evan, our devices aren't given to students—they are loaned. That is a part of the participation agreement that I mentioned. We keep track of every device so that is can be returned, reused, or in some cases, responsibly recycled. Having a teacher or parent that is coordinating the project is a requirement for participating in our programs. Even if the instructor doesn't want to be directly involved with teaching the details of the project, someone needs to be responsible for keeping track of materials, ensuring all students are safe, and facilitating the project with our staff. I hope that helps give you a better idea, let us know if you have more questions!


@brittany @evan I see now. I didn't think the student would keep the device after making the guides, but I didn't know it went back to the owner. I also didn't know this was a university project. I thought it was also for schools. Thank you for the info. @evan you may close the question, please.


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