Tech Take-a-Part

June 20, 2020

Curious about what's inside that electronic device? Try being a technoarcheologist. 

Adam Jenkins uncovers the incredible collection of technology found inside electronic devices that makes them function to help us work, play, learn and explore the world around us. 

Materials | Supplies

  • old or broken technology
    • DVD players, VCRs, Computers, keyboard, electronic toys
  • screwdrivers, needle nose pliers, scissors, wire cutters
  • protective eyewear and gloves
  • tape, magnet, small container
  • camera or journal (optional)

Concepts Explored

  • reverse engineering
  • fine motor skills
  • using tools
  • exploration
  • questioning

Discovery Starters

Did you discover anything surprising, unexpected, or interesting?

How is your piece of technology held together? What kinds of fasteners are used?

Try to put your tech back together. Could you figure it out?

Did you notice any parts that looked similar?

Explore Further

Look at all the electronics in your house. What do they have in common? What is different? (Just look, don't touch without permission.)

Try to figure out why the device you took apart stopped working. Can you repair it?


Additional Resources

Makerspace for Education website Breaker Space

The Guardian website The Man Who Takes Tech Apart

Pretty Opinionated website Why You Should Let Kids Take Tech Apart

Amazeum YOU activity guide Tech Take Apart