Driving science, technology education forward

heraldargus | March 27, 2019

Leaders with the La Porte County Library recently unveiled their plans to create a new mobile classroom, which will contain the latest instructional technology in an effort to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the community. The custom-designed vehicle is currently under construction and is expected to arrive from the manufacturer in August, library officials said. Containing seven 4-person workstations, the mobile classroom will have space for around 28 students, plus instructors. Specially trained library staff members will teach children more about manufacturing, computer science and other subjects using a variety of devices inside the vehicle, said Susan Bannwart, the library’s public services manager. Among the technology the library has purchased for the van include Google Explorer VR headsets, which allow instructors to place students in the middle of exotic locations using augmented reality programs; Dobot Magician robotic arms, which children can use for 3D printing, engraving and other tasks; and a milling machine, similar to the ones used in professional factories. Both students and instructors can use a number of touch-screen monitors installed inside the vehicle, as well as other equipment like digital microscopes.

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A sharpened focus on retention, persistence, and graduation has colleges and universities looking for more effective ways to support student success. But even for institutions with a transparent focus on persistence, putting effective programs in place is difficult. Chrissy Coley, Tim Coley, and Katie LynchHolmes, senior consultants with Ellucian, describe what institutions can do today to design, develop, and launch retention and student success programs that work.

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A sharpened focus on retention, persistence, and graduation has colleges and universities looking for more effective ways to support student success. But even for institutions with a transparent focus on persistence, putting effective programs in place is difficult. Chrissy Coley, Tim Coley, and Katie LynchHolmes, senior consultants with Ellucian, describe what institutions can do today to design, develop, and launch retention and student success programs that work.

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