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Thanks to more than $20,000 in grants from the R.C. Durr Foundation, the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education and the Kinder Morgan Foundation, Carroll County High School is getting a technology upgrade.
“We’re very thankful to these organizations for allowing us to give students the tools that they need to achieve their maximum potential,” district technology coordinator Cindy Johann said. “With these grants, we are able to provide our students with cutting-edge scientific instruments, design software and 3D printers.”
KySTE has awarded more than $14,000 to CCHS for Adobe Creative Suite 6 software for 250 student computers. While this software will primarily be used in Lynn Eaglin’s website design class, hundreds of other students in the school will benefit as well. This professional-level design software will put Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign and other programs at the fingertips of CCHS students.
“This software is top-of-the-line,” Eaglin said. “When combined with our Macbook initiative, this grant allows us to put the highest quality tools in the hands of our students.”
The Kinder Morgan Foundation is bringing 3D printing to CCHS. Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering and biomedical science curriculum used at the high school, encourages schools to teach students engineering design principles. 3D printers allow those designs to be created in the real world.
“3D printing is the next wave of manufacturing,” Johann said. “The $5,000 grant from the Kinder Morgan Foundation is giving our high school and our middle school each a 3D printer, technical support and supplies. Our students are going to become real manufacturers by bringing their designs off of the computer screen and into the world.”
The R.C. Durr Foundation has awarded two grants to Carroll County High School: one for TI-Nspire graphing calculators and one for Probeware graphing calculator sensors.
Probeware sensors allow students to take measurements of and gather data from objects and experiences in the real world. For example, students can use Probeware sensors to measure the acidity of a pond. Then, students can take that data back to the classroom to create a plan to bring the pond’s acidity back to its proper level. When combined with TI-Nspire graphing calculators, students will be able to move much of their learning outside of the traditional classroom environment.
“Technology is about learning,” Johann said. “What’s exciting about these new tools is that they increase the ways that our students can learn and explore. We want students to move from book learning to problem-based learning. These grants are giving students the power to change the real world.”
As a result of generous contributions from the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education, the R.C. Durr Foundation and the Kinder Morgan Foundation, students at Carroll County High School will be better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
For more information about these and other technology initiatives in the Carroll County School District, call Johann at (502) 732-7105.
Carl Roberts is director of public relations for Carroll County Public Schools.