|Groups working on different objects in Teardown Tech Thursday|
|Taking apart a TV on Tech Teardown Thursday|
Our technology class is a combination of learning how to use Google Apps, editing video and audio, using MakeyMakey kits, coding, etc. The more I have researched and studied the maker movement has emphasized that students should know a little more about the nuts and bolts of computers and electronics. They are not all going to go home and built their own computer but there is a sense of wonder when they see the circuit board inside a TV.
|Tech Teardown Thursday - working on a speaker|
Earlier in the week I had bought several sets of screwdrivers from the Dollar Store (but now know that I also need to bring some pliers and probably some needle-nose pliers as well). I needed to get some electronics to be torn down and had one old CD player/radio at home that didn't work anymore but wanted to get at least 4 items so that students could break up into groups and work on an object in a small group. I visited Savers, a local thrift store, and asked if there was any way I could get some electronics that people had donated but didn't work. They cheerfully said I could come in every couple of weeks and they would save some items for me to pick up and use in class. If it doesn't work they just throw it away so they seemed happy to help out knowing someone would get good out of it.
|Tech Teardown Thursday - taking apart a CD player / radio|
We have a glass display case in the hallway by our classroom and this year we will be displaying the parts and components of the things we teardown in tech class. It will help generate an interest among students walking by in the hall and share what we find.
|Working with a car stereo on Tech Teardown Thursday|
If you have experience in doing teardown activities please add a comment to this blog post. I would love to learn from others doing similar things in their class. Thanks.