Computer Club

By Kruse, Calvin

Orion Schools Computer Club

Computer Club Mission: "My mission is to provide students with a better understanding of how computers work, why they work that way, and how to think critically by providing projects and exercises, teaching patience and understanding, and encouraging curiosity and exploration. The skills learned here will not apply only to the IT field, but to everyday life."

--Calvin Kruse

District Network Administrator

Activities for the year (please note these all depend on available materials):

Server Hardware Section

  • Server Slideshow
  • Discussion and research assignment
  • Initial Setup and picking a server to work on

Windows Section

  • Windows slideshow
  • Introduction to computer architecture
  • Issue Laptops
  • How a Windows standard filesystem is laid out
  • How a Windows command line works
  • Set up our Windows servers

GNU/Linux Section

  • Decide on a Linux Distribution - Everyone will use the same distro so that they can help each other troubleshoot
  • Linux slideshow
  • How a FHS filesystem is laid out
  • How a Linux command line system works
  • What the POSIX-standard is
  • Set up our Linux servers

Computer Programming in Python and C++

  • Create a Dice rolling program in python and other languages
  • Robocode or Naval RoboCode battle
  • Discuss and build other programming projects

Independent Study

  • Students select their own projects to create or contribute to

Web Programming

  • Introduction to Web Programming
  • Introduction to Network Communications
    • What is a LAN?
    • What is a packet?
    • What does it take to trade information between computers?
    • Set up the Computer Club IRC server
  • Create the new Computer Club Website

Introduction to LAN technologies and management

  • Make Networking Cables
  • Setup a small LAN with your laptops
  • Setup a Game Server
  • LAN Party - Multiple Video Games Play Day (invite your friends, Bring Your Own Laptop/Computer Rig)