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PBS Reno STEM Works


In this PBS Reno STEM Works digital short, we visit our friends John Barron and Victor Velasco. These two Google datacenter technicians help keep the datacenters up and running so that we can go about our days without technological hiccups.


STEM — STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It represents an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to gathering hands-on experience and applying “real-world” knowledge. People who work in STEM fields use knowledge in science, engineering, technology, or math to understand the world around us and to solve problems.

Datacenter — A datacenter is a location that houses a lot of connected computers that are all dedicated to powering, storing, or processing data that keeps a technology-related system (like the internet) up and running.

Hard Drive — A hard drive is the physical container that stores all of a computer or machine's data.

Hardware — Computer hardware are the physical parts of a computer, like the key board, motherboard, processor, etc. Hardware are all the physical parts of a computer that you can touch and see. Software, by contrast, are all the instructions and code that tell the computer how to use the hardware to make the computer run.

IT — IT stands for Information Technology, which is the study, use, and maintenance of computers to use, store, and send information and data.

Programming — Programming is the process of creating instructions for a computer through code, which is a specifically formatted set of instructions created in a certain way (or "language") that the computer will be able to understand and use.

RAM — RAM stands for Random Access Memory, and it's the part of the computer that lets the machine run quickly. For a computer to run, it needs to access data and information stored in its memory. However, this searching for information can often take a long time for the computer to find and process. RAM is a shortcut that temporarily stores the data the computer is most likely to need, which then lets the computer quickly find that information and speeds up its operation.

Server — A server is a computer that sends information to other computers that lets them connect to and use services like the internet.

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