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Students in Science and Technology classes this past week had the opportunity to hear from the “STEM guy” and his crew firsthand. Sergeant Steve Webber (STEM guy), Sgt. Tanner Steinke and Sgt. Justin Qualley of the Montana Army National Guard brought presentations and activities for students to participate in that related to STEM education. These presentations were conducted March 16-17, in the classes of Mrs. Lynn Beach, Mrs. Karen Wang and Mrs. Linda Rost.

Students really enjoyed the interactive lessons and activities they were able to participate in, which include a variety of technology students might not otherwise have access to. The presentations were as follows of topics called “zSPace”, “Oculus Rift”, “Pitsco Wind Tunnel”, “FLIR Cameras” and “TETRIX Robotics”. The “zSpace” is an augmented virtual reality system, where the viewer can see 4D images in a 360° platform referencing Human Biology, Astronomy, Mechanics, Zoology and Paleontology. “Oculus Rift” is a virtual reality system that allows students to view all the body systems and can see inside select organs. “Pitsco Wind Tunnel” is a program that allows the students to explore Drag, Aerodynamics and Bernoulli’s Principle by using 3D printed models. “FLIR Cameras” are forward looking Infra-red Radar Cameras that let the students use the infra-red spectrum using “heat vision.” Lastly, “TETRIX Robotics” allows the students to control robots searching for hidden objects.

Students truly had a blast learning and experiencing these different resources for the two days they were allowed to do so in their classes. The opportunity for students to try out this useful technology, that may potentially be a part of their career in the future was both a monumental and rewarding experience!


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