With ease, 13-year-old Jeffrey Palacios describes the computer parts in front of him—the floppy-disk drive, a CD-ROM drive, a motherboard, and keyboard. He's seen them all before.


Palacios learned how to build a computer that his entire family now uses at home, as part of a Dell Computer Corp. program to get more poor and minority children interested in technology.


"It was a little hard work, but I did it," Palacios said Dec. 2. "I felt good. I felt proud ... This class really made me think. I didn't know computers were this interesting."

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