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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In practice, of course, things are more complicated. Effective translation necessitates a nuanced understanding of (at least) two languages and cultures, both source and target. It requires an understanding of the original content’s goals. It mandates a fluency in tone and subtext as well as vocabulary and grammar. In short, it requires a highly competent person to effect resonance. In theory, companies could (and some do) perform translation and localization work in-house. But the reason so many choose not to is because a language service provider (LSP) like Lionbridge can help simplify processes (and, in the long run, reduce costs) when translation and localization get really complicated.

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In practice, of course, things are more complicated. Effective translation necessitates a nuanced understanding of (at least) two languages and cultures, both source and target. It requires an understanding of the original content’s goals. It mandates a fluency in tone and subtext as well as vocabulary and grammar. In short, it requires a highly competent person to effect resonance. In theory, companies could (and some do) perform translation and localization work in-house. But the reason so many choose not to is because a language service provider (LSP) like Lionbridge can help simplify processes (and, in the long run, reduce costs) when translation and localization get really complicated.

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