Roberta Martin

To engage their at-risk fourth- and fifth-grade students and provide their school with high-quality computers, Ms. Martin and Mr. Garcia teach students the technical skills required to build computers. Students first disassemble old, inoperable computers to investigate their components, and then work in teams to assemble four new computers. After each critical phase, students write technical reports that describe and evaluate their work. Students give a presentation on the assembled computers and offer technical assistance to teachers and their peers.