Deconstructing the box – a third grade investigation of how computers work

Recently, third grade tech class has become a hands on adventure as we’ve tackled the big questions of, “how do computers work,” “what’s inside a computer,” and “can I take a computer apart?” Fortunately, the answer to all three questions is, “yes!” In pairs, the third graders have been using screwdrivers to carefully dismantle our retired desktop computers and hypothesize about the functionality of each component. As our investigation continues, students will research their hypotheses and develop an understanding of a PC’s core mechanics.

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