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Future Skills – Computer Building for Children

PC Building for children gives them usable skills for the future

By Jackie Edwards 

More technological advancement often results in the price of some goods moving lower and this is the case with the humble PC. As more specialist and easy-to-use PCs, laptops and tablets flood the market, it’s no longer so financially prudent to save money by building or repairing your own.

Computer building for childrenHowever, when it comes to the benefits of encouraging the younger generation to build their own PC, finances just don’t come into it. By getting to work on creating their own PC, they will gain:

  • Technical know-how.
  • A little design experience.
  • The art of perseverance and problem solving.
  • Understanding of the importance of following instructions – and also when its ok to go off piste!
  • A real sense of achievement.
  • A life-skill and knowledge of how PCs really work.

There are more benefits, but these are the key ones that will help them as they grow older.

PC building is a project that anyone can complete on their own.

There are even simple PC kits that children can build and use to learn to code.  These computer kits are designed so that children can learn how a computer works and functions, while having fun at the same time.  All the different parts can be assembled in  similar way to how a child might build from a Lego set.  This can be fascinating for them, as usually, they won’t have seen the inside of a computer or mobile phone before.  It also provides the opportunity for parents to work collaboratively with their children. When finished, you have a real, functional computer, but the learning continues.  The computer has its own operating system, and kids can learn basic graphic design and coding skills for games.

All in all, it’s a great way for children to develop new skills during PC-building and have fun, all at the same time!

You could research more into how children learn, or split this learning into projects.