Cutting Edge Technology at SCC
Shawnee Community College is on the cutting edge with bringing educational technology to its students and community-and we're just getting started.
For the past two summers, the college has offered technology camps for kids in the area. In 2013, the college offered an introductory camp on Lego Robotics. Last summer, we added an advanced Lego camp. This summer, we will add our first Minecraft camp, teaching kids to cooperate on designing and building digital communities. In the future, we hope to host training events that show local educators how games like Minecraft can spark learning in their classrooms.
Last spring, we purchased our first 3D printer. Last fall, the students in our 3D design class used the printer to make objects they incorporated into their art pieces. This spring, we've already used the printer to make gifts for participants in our Saints Read program and trophies for the regional WYSE and Business Skills competitions.
In the fall, we received our first telepresence robot from Double Robotics. This robot allows a person to attend events remotely in places where traditional distance learning can't reach. A face on a screen using traditional distance technology can't move around. Our robot gives people connected from a distance freedom to move around, to move in close, to have a physical presence in a classroom, office or meeting space. What have we done with it so far? A student has used it to attend a class; staff from extension centers have used it to participate in meetings at our main campus; faculty have used it to participate live in presentations when they couldn't be there in person; the TLC has used it to greet students arriving for this Spring's WYSE Competition.
At Shawnee Community College, we see using technology as a way of empowering people by sparking their creativity. Our dream is to build a Community Fabrication Laboratory on SCC's campus that would allow students, faculty, staff or community members to come and learn to build almost anything - from robots, to toys, to furniture, to clothes, to product prototypes, to whatever they can imagine! Using a core set of design and fab tools, trained facilitators, camps and classes, the SCC Community Fab Lab would join fab labs around the world in teaching 21st century digital skills to the people it serves.
For more information contact Rob Lucas, SCC Educational Technology Specialist at 618-634-3367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.