Woonsocket – Advance Technology Learning System
Just at the stroke of a button,
someone jumped away from the display on the computer screen unto the sight of the students’ vision – WOONSOCKET.
Using a wand on the 3D organ which looks as if it is floating midair, the young students were able to recognize and emphasize the various parts – valve, mitral, aorta, inferior vena cava…
The young learners were observing how different elements of the beating, visual impressive pump works, how it can be reduced, increased, or spun with easy movements.
Thereafter, they can practically cut apart the heart, taking out each part to examine what is going on behind them.
This is what we can describe as the future of learning, and it has come to stay at Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center.
“Everything in the environment can be brought out to you or moved,” elucidated Shane Muller, the school’s data, media, and internship facilitator.
This advance technology was acquired recently by the school from zSpace, a company based in California, who is a leader in the area of human-computer interaction.
There was a backing from the Central Intelligence Agency for the development of the hardware/software platform and has since crept into various areas in education, medicine and government.
Hunter Insurance WACTC procured 10 zSpace systems for around $70,000, which makes it the second high school in Rhode Island that makes available the advanced-technology learning system. Another school that has this advance-technology learning system is The Met School in Providence with two units.
The objective of the system is to allow young learners to relate with objects and comprehend the concepts behind them; with the attributes that makes it possible, for instance, to take apart a human chest.
According to Muller, “The student is literally pulling the muscles apart.”
Interestingly, this advance technology is presently being used at medical school, though that is just the beginning of the strength of zSpace.
“Every program in this building will be able to use this,” assured WACTC Director/Assistant Principal William Webb.
For young learners in the school’s construction curriculum, this means taking away the roof and walls on a virtual house to expose the design, or drawing their own building from the beginning to the end including wiring, lighting and placing furniture.
“The kids can actually structure it out to see what size they need to build and how they want to engineer it,” affirmed Muller.
Young engineering learners can dismember a watch, or a robotic hand, observing each of the individual elements, and how they unite and work together.
Young learners in the automotive curriculum can open up an engine without impeding mechanical gears from working together, and checking all nuts and bolts, or assemble their own engine from the beginning to the end.
Young chemistry learners can observe the composition of various atoms and see what occurs when they crashed.
Young learners in the cooking curriculum can draw and describe a whole restaurant, or test the molecular structures of the blueberry cakes they are baking.
Young learners in the physics department can see an example of the Doppler outcome, and have a good comprehension of how sound waves travel.
Young learners in the astronomy curriculum can even be able to reconstruct the exterior of the moon.
And all the effort is carried out in a dazing, pictorial and engrossive atmosphere that is unavoidable and engaging for young learners.
“When we saw it, we said, ‘What are the capabilities? Who can use it?’” declared Webb. “The teachers were all pretty excited.”