Future is now at Robbinsville High School
The future has arrived at the Robbinsville High School thanks to a $20,000 Duke Energy grant that will be used to construct a virtual reality lab.
According to District Media Coordinator Wendy Cable, the Z-Space Lab’s virtual reality (VR) environment will give depth to the digital learning experience.
“Z-Space is an interactive hardware and software platform that allows users to visualize, create, and experience in ways not possible in a traditional computer environment. It is an awesome opportunity for the students.” exclaimed Cable.
Translation: “A student could study parts of the human body or trace the circulatory system as part of our Health Science program. Our Carpentry class students could use the technology to build things digitally and see how their designs could work,” remarked RHS Principal David Matheson.
Duke Energy Government and Community Relations Director Lisa Leatherman thinks Robbinsville High is the ideal grant recipient.
“We are just happy to support Graham County Schools. I am personally so glad that you received the grant. Robbinsville is a small, close-knit community and because of that, more individual students will have the chance to use the technology versus in a larger school with many more students,” Leatherman said. “In the long run, it will not only benefit Duke Energy, but it will benefit the town, county and state! The skills learned here will benefit all of us.”
Cable and Technology Director/STEM-E Coordinator Myra Waldroup applied for the grant. They hope to have five individual computer stations set up with the Z-Space technology by the beginning of the school year. An additional two stations will be added later.
The grant supports STEM subjects and will be a huge help to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program at the school. The acronym STEM refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology development.