A group of young techno wizards were given the chance to expand their skills at a four-day computer building workshop this week. A second identical course begins next Thursday.
Aged between 14-20 years, the 12 participants were given the opportunity to build a new and functioning computer from used parts.
Hosted by Ridge Wilkins and Josh McPhee at The Dust Jacket bookstore, the workshop was part of the Youth Opportunities Program, funded by the NSW Government and Inverell Shire Council.
“About 18 months ago we decided to start collecting recycled computer gear,” Mr McPhee said. At the time he didn’t know what he would do with the donations, but hoped he could find a positive use for what would otherwise become e-waste.
He said the store ended up with a lot of equipment that could be reused, even some that was better than what many businesses (including the Dust Jacket) were currently using. When the council applied to take part in the Youth Opportunities Program, Mr McPhee said it fell into place.
The store received positive feedback for the workshop, which maintained interest over the four days.
It aimed to increase skills in problem solving and teamwork.
“I think there’s opportunities for e-recycling, and especially computer recycling because there’s a whole lot of waste that is unnecessary,” Mr McPhee said.
The second workshop begins next week and will run each Thursday from 4-6.30pm for four weeks. All materials and snacks will be provided. Registration is essential through the Inverell Shire Council on 67 288 288. Any enquiries relating to the Youth Opportunities Program can also be directed to the council.