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Barringer techies tear computers apart

Photo of student showing off a computerHave you ever wondered what was inside your computer? It clicks, hums, beeps…and hopefully works. For most of us, that is all we know.

Over several weeks, Barringer Road Tech Wolves (Technology Club students in grades 3 and 4) unleashed their curiosity to learn even more. Under the watchful eye of club advisor Diane Kosakowski, they a group of Central Valley’s discarded desktop computers CPUs (computer processing units) to discover what is inside a computer and how each part works.

Before they set about their task, BOCES Information Technology Specialist Scott Carmen met with the students to talk about his job working with computers. He told them what he liked about his job, what schooling he needed for his position, and what he does throughout the day to keep the district’s technology up and running. With Mr. Carmen’s help, the students learned about the workings of a CPU. They watched a short video highlighting a computer’s main components such as the hard drive, the motherboard, and the heat sink.

Then the real fun began.  The students donned their safety goggles and broke off into small groups with a discarded CPU for each group.  Students used flat head and phillips head screwdrivers and needle nose pliers, to take apart their CPUs.  During the dissection, students identified the key CPU components highlighted in the video they had watched. Students labeled each part with its name and the definition of what that specific part does.  With help from art teacher Nancy Cooney, the students designed displays summarizing what they had learned.  Each student constructed a collage featuring one computer part and its function.

Photo of students disassembling a computerThe feedback from the students and the adults showed they had a great time. The collages they posted in the computer room window showed how much they learned. More important, they had the chance to harness their curiosity to tackle the mystery of something that puzzles most adults. This is the kind of learning we want for all Central Valley students,” said Superintendent Rich of collage showing computer parts