Computers for Kids

Computers for Kids visit to Tech Valley Center of Gravity

This five week summer course and series of workshops has inspired more than 400 students to learn computer hardware and software skills and build business and life skills such as resume writing, excel spreadsheet and programming and social media.

Approximately 15 students each year from various schools throughout the county work 25 hours each week learning about computer hardware and software. As a final project each student created their own website.

Examples of field trips and guest speakers include:

  • Unity House for a career development workshop
  • HVCC tour and opportunity investigation
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Gary Nelson, TAUM Board Member, providing an overview of the history of computing, power and safety and communications
  • Thomas Tongue from Tech Valley Center of Gravity offered a demonstration about microcomputers and the increasingly popular Arduino board.

At the end of the course, each student is able to take home the PC he or she has upgraded and rebuilt.