The Computer Builders Program is an exciting, hands-on training project that teaches children and teens age 12 to 17 how to build computers! Participants work in pairs to create fully functional devices that will replace the aging devices in our computer labs.
The one week course features 2 hours of instruction a day. Students begin by learning about computer components and what they do and how they interact with one another. They will learn about the hardware of different manufacturers and which parts will or won’t work with different systems. What makes a computer a good one? How can you make it even better? The course concludes with the hands-on build of the new computer, which will be fitted with a plaque stating the names of the builders and the date of assembly. Participants receive a certificate of course completion and can look forward to the pride of seeing their computers being used by library patrons every time they visit the library.
This pilot of the Computer Builders Program is made possible thanks to a grant from the United Way Olneyville Community Fund. More Programs are planned at other PCL locations. You can learn more about the PCL Computer Builders Program at the Rhode Island Robot Block Party at the Pizzitola Center, Brown University on April 30.