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Real life learning
March 28 at 5:04 PM

We love Real Life Learning! Today my kids learned how to disassemble & reassemble a laptop!

My poor DH has no idea what we do for school. We have several laptops and an old desk top computer. Today's lesson? Re flowing a motherboard. The kids main laptop, the one they mostly use for school, had the motherboard die on us a week ago. Today I taught them how to completely dis-assemble the laptop, what each part of the mother board was for, etc. With many HP laptops they get really hot under the bottom. This can cause the soldering to get a microscopic honeycomb shape to it, essentially introducing microscopic air bubbles. This prevents the computer from booting up. Since it's over 5 years old we can't find a new/replacement motherboard anywhere, even eBay. So the last resort is 'reflowing' - essentially you bake the motherboard at 385 degrees for between 7-10 minutes. This re melts the solder. The concept is to melt then re-harden the solder without the air bubbles. 

Poor DH got home from work to find our futon, which we use a a second couch, pulled out covered in all the pieces of the computer. He was slightly horrified to learn how I was fixing the computer...lol

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  • mem82
    by mem82
    March 28 at 5:13 PM

    My son and husband have done a few lessons on this over the course of our laptops' lives.

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    March 28 at 5:17 PM
    Awesome!
  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    March 28 at 7:05 PM

    I so need to live next door to you!

  • Dawn07
    by Dawn07
    March 28 at 7:08 PM
    Y'all are awesome!!! Just saying :)
  • KickButtMama
    March 28 at 8:02 PM


    Quoting Dawn07: Y'all are awesome!!! Just saying :)

    Aww, you're sweet! We all have our strengths. Mine is anything science related (usually including technology, though it grows so fast sometimes it eludes even me). But, don't ask me to edit/proofread an article. My spelling and grammar suck...lol

  • KickButtMama
    March 28 at 8:07 PM


    Quoting hwblyf:

    I so need to live next door to you!

    I offered a robotics class at our co-op this semester. I thought I might get around 8 kids, since it cost about $70. I ended up having to break the class into two time slots since I ended up with almost 30 kids!! I was stunned! So far I think the kids have enjoyed dismantling my 'practice' CPU....we have a really old desk top, it's an eMachines. It still runs, but it is slooooooow. So I  gave the desk top to my kids so they could learn how to build a computer from the ground up - I even deleted the windows operating system. Sadly laptop parts are not interchangeable like desk top ones, so you can't just change one to a gaming computer. But I let my classes dismantle the desk top, the majority had never seen the 'guts' of a computer before!

  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    March 28 at 8:10 PM

    Ah, I have found my complement to you!  I edited for a few years.  :)

    Quoting KickButtMama:

    Quoting Dawn07: Y'all are awesome!!! Just saying :)

    Aww, you're sweet! We all have our strengths. Mine is anything science related (usually including technology, though it grows so fast sometimes it eludes even me). But, don't ask me to edit/proofread an article. My spelling and grammar suck...lol


  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    March 28 at 8:11 PM

    That is so awesome that it was so highly attended!  I wonder if we have any computers my husband would let the kids dismantle....

    Quoting KickButtMama:

    Quoting hwblyf:

    I so need to live next door to you!

    I offered a robotics class at our co-op this semester. I thought I might get around 8 kids, since it cost about $70. I ended up having to break the class into two time slots since I ended up with almost 30 kids!! I was stunned! So far I think the kids have enjoyed dismantling my 'practice' CPU....we have a really old desk top, it's an eMachines. It still runs, but it is slooooooow. So I  gave the desk top to my kids so they could learn how to build a computer from the ground up - I even deleted the windows operating system. Sadly laptop parts are not interchangeable like desk top ones, so you can't just change one to a gaming computer. But I let my classes dismantle the desk top, the majority had never seen the 'guts' of a computer before!


  • KickButtMama
    March 28 at 8:13 PM

    It is the best way of learning how it all works....electricity, resistors, memory....there are even great youtube videos on how to dismantle almost any computer. So the kids could follow along and learn about the parts. 

    Quoting hwblyf:

    That is so awesome that it was so highly attended!  I wonder if we have any computers my husband would let the kids dismantle....

    Quoting KickButtMama:

    Quoting hwblyf:

    I so need to live next door to you!

    I offered a robotics class at our co-op this semester. I thought I might get around 8 kids, since it cost about $70. I ended up having to break the class into two time slots since I ended up with almost 30 kids!! I was stunned! So far I think the kids have enjoyed dismantling my 'practice' CPU....we have a really old desk top, it's an eMachines. It still runs, but it is slooooooow. So I  gave the desk top to my kids so they could learn how to build a computer from the ground up - I even deleted the windows operating system. Sadly laptop parts are not interchangeable like desk top ones, so you can't just change one to a gaming computer. But I let my classes dismantle the desk top, the majority had never seen the 'guts' of a computer before!



  • Jinx-Troublex3
    March 28 at 9:01 PM

     Hmmmm.... wish you lived close! DS1 has a desktop that really sucks but it might be fun to take apart and learn about. I'm just NOT that mechanically inclined to do it and think of it as "fun" or "entertaining" lol

    Quoting KickButtMama:

    It is the best way of learning how it all works....electricity, resistors, memory....there are even great youtube videos on how to dismantle almost any computer. So the kids could follow along and learn about the parts. 

    Quoting hwblyf:

    That is so awesome that it was so highly attended!  I wonder if we have any computers my husband would let the kids dismantle....

    Quoting KickButtMama:

    Quoting hwblyf:

    I so need to live next door to you!

    I offered a robotics class at our co-op this semester. I thought I might get around 8 kids, since it cost about $70. I ended up having to break the class into two time slots since I ended up with almost 30 kids!! I was stunned! So far I think the kids have enjoyed dismantling my 'practice' CPU....we have a really old desk top, it's an eMachines. It still runs, but it is slooooooow. So I  gave the desk top to my kids so they could learn how to build a computer from the ground up - I even deleted the windows operating system. Sadly laptop parts are not interchangeable like desk top ones, so you can't just change one to a gaming computer. But I let my classes dismantle the desk top, the majority had never seen the 'guts' of a computer before!

     

     

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