Computer Deconstruction Lab at Wall’s InfoAge reopens

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Wayne Theilen, Ray Brown and Daniel Jacobs work at the Computer Deconstruction Laboratory at InfoAge in Wall Township. PHOTO BY STEVE WEXLER

WALL TOWNSHIP The fusion of two volunteer-run programs at InfoAge Science and History Learning Center will provide teens and adults with a space where they can express their creativity while getting more hands-on experience building and experimenting.

On Saturday, Jan. 5, the Computer Deconstruction Laboratory [CDL], located in Building 9059, at InfoAge, 2201 Marconi Road, was reopened as a new nonprofit organization operating both the makerspace and podcast studio at InfoAge, according to officials.

“The two programs CDL and IXR [Institute for Exploratory Research] were basically programs operated by InfoAge … and now we are going to take the two programs, break them out from InfoAge, and stand them up on their own as their own nonprofit corporation,” said volunteer Martin Flynn.

“One of the things we are trying to do is provide a safe learning environment for kids where they can come and learn from an adult who can guide them.”

According to officials, the CDL makerspace will serve as an idea lab and creation space for adults and teens where they can explore their creativity and cultivate their imaginations in interactive, hands-on ways.

“A lot of people don’t realize that $1,500 TV from five years ago or older … can be repaired easily. You can come over here, replace the power supply … that is how we started in deconstruction, showing people how they can easily rebuild a computer,” CDL Founder Daniel Jacobs said.

“It is not scary … motherboards, processors, memory, all that stuff is easily replaceable these days. We want people to understand how a lot of these things don’t have to go into the trash. A lot of these things have become disposable and we are here to give everything new life and we have the place for kids to learn and get more of that hands-on knowledge.”

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