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Candice Jones
Wednesday, November 06, 2019

High school students in Mr. Lyle’s Computer Science class recently completed “OPERATION: Dragon’s Blood”, which was the mission to build a water cooled PC. The project began in late August and was completed in mid-October. The results? A custom-built, water cooled PC, named Poindexter X, students describe as a top-of-the line “gaming beast that dominates the competition”. This PC is equipped with 32 GB of Ram, an Intel i7-7700K Processor, a MSI GTX 1080 GPU, and a MSI Z270 Gaming Carbon Pro Mobo. The water-cooling system employs a series of coolant-filled tubes, a radiator, water blocks (the equivalent of heat sinks), and a couple of other components to keep the PC cool. Why Dragon's Blood? Mr. Lyles explains, "In designing the PC, color is important. Cardinal colors are red/black. The students decided to use red fluid for coolant which looks like blood. Many of the key components are by MSI whose logo is a dragon. Hence the name Dragon's Blood." Another unique feature, is that the lights surrounding the PC are indicators of what application is running on the computer without seeing the monitor. The lighting color scheme changes with the top most application

Students on the build team (some pictured above) were: Terrance Brown, Laila Baker, Javier Delph, Federic Domineck, Ladajah Green, Makhiya Jackson, Khymari Leggins, Monique Norman, Nicholis Roberts, Jordan Robinson, Shaqwan Shelton, Kortez Strickland, Carl Suggs, Timothy Thomas, and Quinndon Withers.

“These students worked diligently day in and day out to complete this project. Although there were times when they doubted their success, and faced many challenges, they never gave up”, stated Mr. Lyles.  He went on to say that "When teaching computer science, I have found that the students really did not understand or remember the different components of the PC. The impact on the components from a program is important to overall performance. The students were not learning this by reading in a book. After upgrading my personal PC at home with my 8th grade nephew, I decided to try it in the classroom to see if it would make a difference. Boy did it ever!"  The students credit the guidance of their teacher, as a major motivating factor and having the support of each other.  A number of students and staff continue to stop by Mr. Lyles classroom to get a look at this amazing machine. We are so proud of the work of our students and we look forward to seeing what they come up with next.