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NEWS: Helping engage in STEM careersStudents build high specification PC to help inspire and engage in STEM careers

Date published: Fri 29 Nov 2019   Category: Academic

Three students who have a passion for Computer Science and are experienced in building their own PC’s at home were given the task of putting together the final parts of a new STEM desktop PC to give students access to a second, very high specification machine in the Design, Technology & Engineering department. The computer, a new AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor paired to a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card with 32GB RAM and a couple of very fast Solid State drives, will aid the STEM programme. This will increase our ability to model complex computer algorithms, render CAD designs and animations and run analysis in the virtual wind tunnel of the STEM Green Powered car which won several trophies and was a runner up in the International final at Silverstone last month. The drives were chosen to be at the top of the speed charts and two high end HTC Vive wireless VR headsets are paired with the STEM PC’s to give students access to the latest technology and a huge amount of computing power to inspire them to engage in STEM careers in the future. Upper Sixth student, Alexis said ”It was a tricky build as the heat sink was massive and as the case is designed with a see-through side we needed to be really tidy with our cable management. We’ve never built anything this expensive before and we can’t wait to test it out and see how much quicker it is than our home machines”.


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