17 October 2009

How Computers Work (high level)

This is an activity for 3 students to work together as a group. Each student takes on the role of a different part of the computer:
  • CPU
  • ALU (& memory)
  • Graphics display
They work through the project with the CPU running the "program", the ALU performing the math and keeping track of the variables, and the display plotting the values as needed.

The purpose of the activity is to give the students a sense of how computers work at a reasonably high level.

I created this a while ago, but neglected to actually post the information here. Full information about this activity can be found at http://cse4k12.org/how_computers_work/index.html.

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