A middle school genius team fixes school computers, and is learning while performing a valuable service.
At Discovery Middle School, a group of students got together last January to form the Genius Team. They help Mary Kriese, the group adviser and member of the technical support staff, with various computer problems and issues, from reloading software programs to rebuilding the computers. The team is modeled after the Genius Team at Alexandria Area High School.
There are 968 students at Discovery Middle School. They have their own Chromebook computers. That makes for a lot of issues with computers on an ongoing basis.
The team saves time for Kriese, and money for the school. In three months there have been 184 support tickets logged for issues fixed by the students, including 9 successful computer rebuilds.
“We are saving the district hundreds of dollars,” said Kriese. She explained that a new computer can cost roughly $400, but the students are able to rebuild computers instead of discarding them for new purchases. She says that the success rate for student computer rebuilds at Discovery is very high.
“They are such an asset to our school,” she said.