• Information Technology students learn about hardware, networks

     

    CLINTON — Clinton High School sophomore Micah Pate wants to go into the information technology field for his career.

    He started on that path this school year, in the Information Technology program at the CHS Career Complex.

    “We have learned how to take computers apart and put them back together,” he said. “We learned about network security and how things connect to each other.

    Students in the Information Technology program are getting hands-on experience in building computers and networks.

    “Everyone believes that kids these days already have an intuitive understanding of how computers and technology work,” said instructor Trey Bruce. “One of my goals this year is to stretch my students’ understanding of how computers work beyond the basics of how to use an app.”

    So far this semester, first-year students are learning about computers and hardware - the parts and the peripherals. 

    “They each have a workstation in the shop where they are working through all the extra computers we have, in order to get them to a stable, working condition,” Bruce said. “This process allows them to exercise in the lab what they are learning in class. In order to troubleshoot each computer’s issue, they can fix it, just as they would in a real-world scenario.”

    As the year progresses, students will be introduced to other technologies including digital cameras, 3D printers and more.

    Second-year students are learning about networking, from the bits on the wire to the different network topologies, and the routing, switching and server configuration. 

    “We have spent some time in the shop building a network, but I am also trying something different this year,” Bruce said. “I am trying to teach them how to use a virtual network configuration program so that each student has the opportunity to type in all the commands and configuration settings from the router to the server.”

    Students recently made their own network cables, “which was a fun and interesting activity,” Bruce said. “It’s not as simple as it seems.”