Local students assemble computers during summer technology camps

Posted: Thursday, 24 June 2010

DOTHAN—Local children are learning more about computers, and some are even building their own, during technology camps this month at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

About 30 rising sixth graders from Dothan and the surrounding area took part in the four-day camp which started on Monday. Students learned about the inner workings of computers and how to operate various types of software.

Fourteen campers who passed a pretest on current technology knowledge were chosen to build their own laptop computers from a kit. The students learned how to install processors, hard drives and other components and once completed, the students will take home their new creations.

George Faint, the Dothan Campus information technology coordinator, led students through assembling the laptops. He said the project would give students greater confidence in working with technology.

“Hopefully they will see how much fun and how simple technology can be,” Faint said.

Students not taking part in the computer-building class participated in other science and technology based learning activities.

The technology camps were offered by the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium, a joint venture of TROY’s Dothan Campus and local school systems. Its goal is to increase student performance in math and science and to provide professional development for area K-12 teachers.

The Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium last year received a $60,000 grant from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to fund summer engineering and technology camps for area students.

The technology camp will continue next week, from June 28 to July 1. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day inside the Library/Technology Building.

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Local students learn how to make a video presentation during the summer technology camp at Troy University’s Dothan Campus on Thursday, June 24. The camp taught area rising sixth-graders more about how to use and even construct computers. (TROY photo/Matt Clower).