Advanced Micro Resource has always placed considerable emphasis on teaching
technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to children
and youth. Bakersfield-based Advanced Micro Resource is now teaming up
with LightWave Education to offer science, technology, engineering, and
math education programs in the area.
Advanced Micro Resource is collaborating with local schools to teach students
the fundamentals of computer technology. The courses are intended to complement
the school’s own academic programs.
A Web Design class will teach students HTML programming while having them
create personal online profiles for themselves using multimedia effects.
The Computer Assembly course is designed to teach students leadership
and team building skills as they work together to understand how the components
of a computer work together along with how to repair and upgrade computers.
Students receive a certificate of completion by the end and may win other
awards based on attendance, most improved, and best project design.
Advanced Micro is also offering a CSI Forensics course for children to
increase their ability to use math and science and use deductive reasoning
to solve problems. Youths will assume the role of detectives while learning
how forensic scientists collect, and analyze, and process evidence to
solve a simulated crime. Children will collect clues, test and analyze
evidence, and come to their own conclusions to solve the caper.
Teaching Engineering with the Help of LEGO Mindstorms EV3
Another course will include use of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 software. Students
will construct their own drag racer using visual drag-and-drop programming
software. Racers will be programmed to accelerate in response to loud
cheering or growl at nearby intruders.
This course will teach students the basics of engineering through trial
and error. Students are encouraged to be creative and think critically
as to who to build their racer instead of simply placing bricks together.
The goal is to expose students to how to use gears, pulleys, and inclined planes.