Students will be designing a computer from scratch using sites like Newegg, CDW and TigerDirect. They will each be assigned a client with specific design needs and a budget. Each student will design the computer and then submit an invoice, design spreadsheet and short essay describing why they chose their parts.


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  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2013-08-02.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

Students are asked to design a computer from scratch for a “client” with specific design needs and a budget. Students will submit a parts list (using online suppliers), an invoice for both parts and labor, and am essay explaining their choices. This is a solid assignment based in real-world concepts, and the basic goals are well defined. A teacher well-versed in this content will find this assignment immediately useful, although a novice teacher would need to put in significant time in order to more clearly define the specifics of the procedure and assessment.

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