Have you ever wondered what all the parts of a desktop computer do? How a computer is put together, configured, and setup to run? Well this camp is for youth, ages 12 to 16 who want to build and test their own computer.
Each camper will use surplus and new parts that will be provided in order to build a fully functional personal computer.
Included in the computer will be:
These are solid desktop or mini-tower computers. If you are looking for a great gaming computer, these probably aren't them... but you'll learn what you can do to upgrade these or build a new one to meet your needs. Remember a really good gaming computer can cost over $2,000, so don't expect to get one at our camp. BUT, it will play most games in a reasonable frame rate and at a reasonable resolution, so don't despair.
Learn how to:
This program is an excellent opportunity for the youth to learn about computer architecture and to understand how all the different parts of a computer fit together, both physically and electronically.
Each camper will get to take the computer home when they are finished!
Ages: 12 to 16
Minimum number of campers: 8
Maximum number of campers: 12
2020 Build so far:
Due to problems with supply chain, tariffs, and COVID-19, we are still working on getting everything lined up. We'll be building a 4th gen i5 based system with at least 8 GB of RAM and an SSD to house the Windows 10 operating system, along with a regular and larger hard disk drive to house everything else.
We know we have 22" monitors lined up and ready to go.
We're still working on the motherboards and that will depend on whether it will have DDR3 or DDR4 memory.
We've been doing the best we can to maximize the quality and capability of these computers, but it is difficult when so much about life is in flux at the moment. Normally we would have everything tied down by May 1st, but some of our suppliers are closed; others have limited inventory; and with everyone home, some parts have been scooped up by millions of adults and students stuck at home. BUT we will have it all together by the time camp starts.
Graphics cards FINALLY starting to drop in price. It's been almost 4 years since we've been able to buy a decent graphics card with our budget for the camp. All due to a world-wide bitcoin mining phenomena. Unfortunately, it also coincided with everyone moving to a work and study at home scenario and all of a sudden people bought up all the graphics cards... again. We are looking to import ours directly from China and have been negotiating with vendors at this time.
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