PC Prodigies: ANSEP Students Build their own


by Jessica Gruenling

ANCHORAGE, Ak--Give them a tower, a mother board, a lot of ran, and some extra wires and twenty high schools in the Anchorage School District are building their own computers. GIVE THEM A TOWER, A MOTHER BOARD, A RAM AND SOME EXTRA WIRES AND TWENTY HIGH S

"It's like Christmas for a second time.  They take all these parts and pieces that make a computer work and they install them individually. And it's a long process. A lot of wires connecting, but then by the time it's ready and ensembled and running then we install some software and the operating system to make the computer run like they know it to," Michael Bourdukofsky, Chief Operations Officer.
"It's really exciting, it's very fun and interesting to see how everything works together," Sara Ross, Dimond High School.
These kids are participating in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program to help inspire and promote engineering and science education through high school and into college. 
"It's really just extra incentive for them to set high goals in their math and science classes, so the chemistry, physics and trig are classes that they need to be ready for college and be ready for a science and engineering degree at the university," Bourdukofsky.
Students must apply for the program by submitting an application, writing an essay, keeping their grades up, and obtaining letters of recommendation. 
"I've always been interested in science and engineering and wanting to do it and so it excited me and really interested me that there was this place for just us where we could build stuff at a low cost," Ross.
Once the building process if over the computers are not just for fun and leisure, but also serves as and incentive to well in school. 
"They clearly have to graduate high school, but they also have to finish chemistry, physics and trigonometry before they graduate high school, so then they attain those computers," Bourdukofsky.
"I would like to keep my computer that I built myself and not only that but to be prepared for college and I know that this will help because I have to keep my grades in line," Ross.
ANSEP offers students an opportunity to excel in the classroom and follows them into their careers after graduating college. And for one ANSEP insturctor, who has experienced all fo this, he now gets the change to share his knowldege with future generations of engineers. 
"so it's been really great to have an opportunity to hopefully inspire the kids about math and science and what those skills will help them do as college students and professionals some day," Bourdukofsky. 

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