Part of Lesson Plan: Power Up! - Power Supplies
Activity Overview / Details
Have the room set up with equipment so students can practice working with power supplies.
Station 1 - installing/uninstalling power supply in the computer
Station 2 - cleaning the power supply (finding some old, really dusty computers for this really helps get the point across) Have cans of compressed air available for students to use.
Station 3 - identify pin connectors (give students blank chart that they have to fill in)
Station 4 - set up some malfunctioning power supplies (that are not safety hazards) for students to see/hear what symptoms might arise if the power supply is going bad
Let the students work in pairs or small groups going around to each station and getting hands-on practice. Make sure to monitor the class and their use of tools and compressed air and that they are practicing safety first. Don't let them actually plug in the computer to outlet and turn in until you have checked their work and are supervising.