Thanks to a high school that focuses on technology, students are learning through a Google Glass lens and other technological innovations, such as drones, robotics, and flight simulators.
The classrooms at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies are not typical classrooms. For that matter, the center isn't a typical high school, either. In these classrooms, students use a flight simulator and paper airplanes as part of a lesson. They also utilize Google Glass, which is something like a smartphone worn as glasses.
But not only are students learning with computers, and high tech gadgets. They are also learning the latest agricultural and science techniques for farming.
The budget prioritizes technology, and its place in innovation and creation. Classrooms are equipped with a John Deere tractor, a production studio and editing lab for media technology, as well as the Google Glass, flight simulators for aerospace, and drones.
“I wish I was able to take more classes like this,” said William Blanks, a senior in an aerospace engineering class that is using Google Glass, a drone and a flight simulator as part of its curriculum. “This gives us hands-on technology that’s actually useful in the real world and lets us do real-world scenarios. ... It’s amazing that we have all this.”
The program uses technology that is just on the cutting edge, and not generally in use yet. This gives the students the opportunity to learn the applications for these devices, such as Google Glass, and become proficient at using them. That means a head start for the students ahead of their future competitors for jobs. Students in Martin Cwiakala's aerospace engineering class are in a testing program for Google Glass.
“The real question is, ‘Where does it fit in?’” Cwiakala said. “It hasn’t really been figured out. It’s cutting edge, and there’s a lot of questions it brings up.”