Part of Lesson Plan: GEEK to the Rescue!
Activity Overview / Details
Usually, in my classroom, I will have students whose computers at home will stop working or someone (faculty, another family who cannot afford computer repair services) will bring in a computer to get back running. I will assign different teams of students each time to work and do their best to bring back the computers to working condition for the clients. They must write out shop repair tickets just as I did for the unfortunate and impatient 'client' I had in the classroom for the hook.
I would say I nearly have 100% great work from the kids. If they cannot figure out the problem, other students will step in to 'help'. I daresay troubleshooting and repairing the problem is so fulfilling for them, they love to do it! It's a win - win situation. Many computers that have been repaired by my teams are old ones who are donated and we give them to students who cannot afford new computers. We just load a legal copy of an OS and put OpenOffice on them for students to be able to do schoolwork.