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Maine Robotics/USM

Build Your Own Computer - Bangor2

with Dale Burbank


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2022 NOTE: Computers, electronics, and computer parts have all been hit hard by the global supply chain issues. What this means is that costs continue to rise far faster than the rest of the economy and this is coupled with companies not releasing their older computers (for the used market) as they wait for new computer costs to drop. This means that we simply can't offer the rock-bottom costs that we have had in the past. But it is forcing us to build a better computer, so a mix of good and bad.


Have you ever wondered what all the parts of a desktop computer do? How a computer is put together, configured, and setup to run? This camp is for youth who want to build and test their own computer. We will be posting the specs of the computer by the end of May. We will be checking with prices early in spring to maximize performance for your build (within our budget). ​ Each camper will use surplus and new parts that will be provided in order to build a fully functional personal computer.

Included in the computer will be: Case and power supply (min 500 watt); motherboard and CPU; CPU fan; 8 GB of DDR4 RAM; keyboard and mouse; WiFi adapter; monitor; solid state drive; a licensed copy of  Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. These will be very solid desktop or mini-tower computers. If you are looking for a great gaming computer, these probably aren't them... but you'll learn what you can do to upgrade these or build a new one to meet your needs. Remember a really good gaming computer can cost over $2,000+, so don't expect to get one at our camp. BUT, it will play most games at a reasonable frame rate and at a reasonable resolution, so don't despair. This program is an excellent opportunity for the youth to learn about computer architecture and to understand how all the different parts of a computer fit together, both physically and electronically. Each camper will get to take the computer home when they are finished!

Open to ages 12 to 16.


IF REQUIRED DUE TO STATE OF THE PANDEMIC, THE CAMPS WILL BE ONLINE OR HYBRID THIS SUMMER. If conditions require online or hybrid operations, all camper families will have the opportunity to cancel for a full refund. If camps are offered in person, then normal cancellation policy remains in effect.

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Payment plan available: $150 deposit plus 2 payments of $375.00, paid weekly.
  • Jul 11 - 15th, 2022
    Mon - Fri for 1 week from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

University of Maine at Augusta (Bangor)

1 University Drive
Bangor, ME 04401 Get directions

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