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Lesson Plan

Computer Repair and Recycle
Subject: Technology
Grade span: 6 to 12
Duration: Begin with 6-8 sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Living and Working with Technology


In this lesson, students learn how computers are put together and operate by repairing and refurbishing computers donated by the community. They take part in an instructor-led program, during which they learn the basics of computer assembly, how to diagnose and solve hardware problems, and software installation. They can give their "recycled" computers to a community group or individuals in need, or keep them for themselves. The lesson connects to various curriculum content areas, with activities that involve reading and writing, math, science, technology, and engineering and design.

Learning Goals:



Instructors should determine students' reading, writing, and computer skills and gauge their commitment to complete a lengthy program in advance. Instructors should also have knowledge about computers and software and should enjoy working with youth who are interested in computers. If the instructor is not skilled and experienced in computer recycling, he or she should locate a staff member or volunteer who is able to assist in the lesson.

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