"Rolling up the sleeves" in Computer Programming!

April 23, 2018

Students in Mr. Patocka's Computer Programming II class are currently in the process of doing complete disassembly, documentation and reassembly of a PC computer tower and all components contained within!  This project allows the students the hands on opportunity to assemble a computer starting with nothing more than the parts required and a basic tool set.   

Earlier in the semester students researched various components that are required for computers to function, prepared and presented to the class information on the component of their choice and were able to go online to shop for the computer of their dreams.  

While the students in Computer Programming II are disassembling computers donated to the class by LHS faculty and staff, students also document through the use of photographs and written steps, an instruction manual that they use for the entire process.  Creating this instruction manual on their computer allows them a guide to follow to help ensure a successful reassembly. 

From this project, students are able to see the incredible value that building their own computer can have as home assembled computers can have a price lower than any pre-assembled system that you find on the shelves of your local department store.  Home-built computer systems also tend to have higher performance levels as you can pick and choose the best components possible giving your computer a performance edge versus a pre-made, off the shelf system.