• Sarah Ryan

Nova Scotian Students Build a Beast of a Computer!


What do Maritime junior high Tech Ed students do when they need a computer with the high-level specs required to run virtual reality? Well, they build it, of course!

With support from Brilliant Labs project funding and guidance from their Tech Ed. teacher, Mr. Greg Dalcourt, five grade eight students at Berwick and District School built a high-powered gaming computer...and they were almost finished the task by lunch time. The computer specs include a core i5 6600, a Geforce 1070 graphics card, 32 GB DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB SSD—pretty beastly, indeed.

I had the pleasure to observe the process, and by all that is tech-goodness, it was inspiring, to say the least. While many adults would just opt for the pre-built, more expensive option these ambitious teens jumped on the opportunity to assemble their own.

From the un-boxing of components to the upload of the OS, the project was the ultimate gamer/techie/maker

dream. Sure, there was a bit of nail-biting while handling delicate parts, as well as troubleshooting (mainly the power cord being slightly loose) but totally worth it for the bragging rights alone--especially for 14 & 15-year-old students!

So, what's next for this ambitious team? Stay tuned to find out!


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