LONDON (AFP) – For children who have become increasingly savvy consumers of sophisticated technology, a London workshop is offering something different – a chance to get back to basics and build their own computers.
Dipping into an orange container a little bigger than a box of chocolates, Omar, 10, and Faizah, 9, reacted with glee as they pulled out bits including a screen, a keyboard, cables, a circuit board and a speaker.
Their instructions tell them the first step is to protect the computer’s “brains”, putting the circuit board in a transparent box.
Next they have to give it “new powers” by adding the memory, the speaker and a screen. Finally, they have to “give life” to the computer by plugging it in.
“It works!” Omar shouts out as he sees lines appear on the screen – like something from the Matrix film.
“When I opened the box, I said: ‘It’s gonna be very hard to do it’,” said Omar, dressed in his school uniform with a white shirt, a blue jumper and tie.
“But when I opened it, me and Faizah worked together and eventually we finished it in about five, 10 minutes,” he said.