Intro to Hardware Design

Learn to Build Your Own Computer

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.

Ages:  13 – 18
Time:  9:00AM-4:00PM
Tuition:  $595
Location:  Mason Campus Fairfax

  • Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding withdrawals, refunds and more for summer programs.
  • All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc.
  • Questions about parking on the Fairfax campus?  Find answers here.  (Information on parking at Mason in Loudoun coming soon)


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,