BLOOMINGDALE – Student education will be further enhanced with the addition of a cutting-edge program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.
The site will provide eight zSpace AIO computers that include an all-in-one Windows-based system to allow students to participate in an augmented and virtual reality learning experience.
Deputy Director Andy Long said the system is designed to run high-performance applications, making it ideal for designers, developers and especially vocational technical schools. Long said the systems, which cost $38,000 and were funded by grants from the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, are expected to arrive this summer with staff training scheduled for the start of the next school year.
“The zSpace all-in-one machines will be used in university classrooms and our professional labs,” Long commented. “Apps engage students in standards-based learning experiences that align with the curriculum. Students gain knowledge and understanding of concepts across multiple curriculum areas with an emphasis on STEM subjects. »
He added that it uses familiar movements and interactions that people commonly perform, and operators have the ability to look around virtual objects as if they were real, giving students a natural experience.
Examples of high-tech tools include Criminal Justice by Certify-Ed, which would help criminal justice students process a crime scene; GTAFE’s Canine Anatomy VR Trainer, which could be used by the small animal science program for hands-on learning about respiratory, skeletal, and other body systems; VR Automotive Diagnostics by GTAFE, which would help automotive service technology students by simulating the entire automotive fault diagnosis process; VIVED Construction to build the basic elements of a residential house; and Newton’s Park by zSpace which allows users to create simulations, alter gravity, and stop and reverse time in the study of physics.
Long said virtual learning programs remove barriers of cost, danger and impracticality and turn them into a major benefit for the school.
“Virtual reality learning offers students a powerful opportunity to engage in potentially hazardous training situations without any repercussions to living specimens, patients, or the user,” he added.
“Students can dissect, analyze and explore hundreds of objects, creating experiences that could only be possible in virtual reality. zSpace offers students the opportunity to experience and recover from controlled failure, which helps them build confidence and skills without fear of accidental injury. »