Cloud computing is an emerging technology for business IT solutions, viagra 100mg teaching platforms, and personal uses.  From a pedagogical prospective, it provides students and teachers virtual and flexible resources for free or at a low cost for extra services.  In this session, the participants will explore the free tier of the Amazon EC2 cloud that is adapted by many universities as a teaching platform.  This free tier provides a standard Linux system that is accessible from any operating system, including Windows and Mac OS X.  Linux is an open-source desktop variant of Unix that used in many Computer Science courses in post-secondary school due to its reliable design and programming environment.  Having high school students familiar with Linux will allow them a jump start in their first-year at universities. By the end of this session, participants should know how to access the free tier of the Amazon EC2 cloud and how to program in the Linux environment.