Students beat the clock in PC Pitstop Challenge

Jonathan_Sam webCOMPUTER whizzes took under two minutes to install the components of a PC and boot it up in a recent challenge.

Priestley’s BTEC IT students competed in challenges over a fortnight before a grand final of the pairs who found they could build computers the fastest.

In a race against the clock, Jonathan Kerfoot and Sam Baron installed the power supply, memory, hard disc, graphics card and power cable before booting up their PC in just 1 minute and 49 seconds. Each received a £20 shopping voucher as a prize.

Head of IT Linda Seymour said: “Their time was definitely one of the best we have had in this annual challenge.

“Part of the challenge is knowing where all the components go and the other is connecting them accurately.”

The runners-up in the PC Pitstop Challenge were Dan Leach and Hatef Younesian in 2 minutes and 31 seconds and third place went to Mark Smith and Kofi Wong in 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

Priestley’s IT Level 3 course covers a unit on computer systems where students have the opportunity to upgrade a pc and the competition builds on these skills.

Other units include communication and employability skills for IT, digital graphics, computer animation, communication technologies and developing computer games.

Linda said: “Activities such as the PC Pitstop Challenge are just a fun way to test what the students have been learning about on their courses.”

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