Introduction to Hardware Design:

Learn to Build Your Own Computer (3 Week Workshop)

Students will learn the fundamental structure of computer hardware. Whether a computer runs Windows, Mac, Linux, or other OS, all computers use the same hardware. This course will cover all the essential components of a computer system, their purpose and functions. Additional parts will also be discussed such as different cooling systems, graphics cards for gaming, and different peripheral options. Students will build a computer in class using our demo machines.

Additional class time may be scheduled individually with the instructor if a student is interested in building a custom computer. This additional time will allow the student and our teacher to design a custom computer for the student’s needs. Whether they’re working within a specific budget, or want to create the machine of their dreams, our teachers will help them design it and assist in guiding the student to build their computer.

Dates:  April 30, May 7, and May 14 (Sundays, 3 Week workshop)
Ages:  13 – 18
Time:  1:00PM-5:00PM (w/ 20-minute snack break)
Tuition:  $255
Location:  Mason Campus Fairfax, Art & Design Building

All Spring classes and workshops have closed for registration. To learn more about our summer program and to register, click below. 

Instructors: TBA
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Mailing Address:
Mason Game and Technology Academy
Virginia Serious Game Institute
10900 University Blvd.,
Bull Run Hall Ste 147
Manassas, VA 20110

Phone: (703)993-7101

Email: MGTA Founding Director: Vera Lichtenberg,
MGTA Admin Assistant: Nerissa Hart,