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Students build computers from scratch

By KTVA CBS 11 News 10:33 PM March 12, 2014

An exercise to build interest around careers in engineering and science fields

ANCHORAGE – For those who struggle with technology, imagine having to build a computer from scratch.

It’s an intimidating task, but that’s exactly what some Anchorage high school students are doing.

Twenty teens in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program were assembling the hundreds of tiny pieces Wednesday.

“I’ve always been interested in science and computers,” said Sara Ross, a 10th grader at Dimond High School. “It’s very new and I’m not quite sure or familiar with what I’m doing, but I’m excited.”

The point of the exercise is to build interest around careers in the engineering and science fields.

“Technology is so much part of our lives. It’s something we live in and to not know how it works is very strange to me,” Sara said. “I want to know how stuff works. I want to know how it connects together.”

The students can take their computers home with them, but only get to keep them if they pass chemistry, physics and trigonometry before graduating high school.

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