Our Strive program at John Bowne High School in Flushing recently held a PC Building workshop where 15 students learned how to build a custom PC!
Facilitated by Program Coordinator Jessie Ambrosio and John Bowne IT Director Armend Kelmendi, the workshop taught Strive program participants of varying experience levels the fundamentals of PC building including how to choose parts, how to budget for your build, techniques and important knowledge for building. Students were supervised and given directions but were also given enough freedom to troubleshoot and problem solve on their own.
Problem Solving skills – At first they didn’t get a boot screen. Students spent time thinking about this problem. Finally, Haniel realized that the problem was that the CPU did not have integrated graphics! The CPU was probably working but we needed a dedicated graphics card in order to see text or images on the screen. After the GPU was installed, the boot screen appeared on the monitor. The tension in the room was thick while we waited for the boot screen to appear. All of us stared intently at the black screen for what felt like full minutes until finally we saw a blinking underscore appear. Students immediately filled the room with loud cheers of “LET’S GO!” and “OMG We did it!”
Building Interest in STEM Careers – Some students discussed their plans or interest to become engineers, software engineers, architects or go into construction while others shared that they simply had curiosity about the field of technology and were hoping to learn more in this workshop. Many questions were directed at Armend, the John Bowne HS IT director. He was able to share his personal experience and provide guidance to students who had questions about career paths.