2017 Bright Idea
Winners:
Harrison School District, AR
January 1, 2017
Jurisdiction:
Arkansas

Since 2014, Harrison Junior High has offered the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) classroom, a course designed for students to use state-of-the-art computer technology to solve "real world" problems either independently or in teams. Projects have included working with local businesses to map points in the Buffalo River using GIS technology, creating assistive devices for students with special needs to communicate with their fellow students and ease daily life in the classroom, and designing and producing through the use of 3D printing technology two prosthetic hands and a prosthetic arm for students in the district after extensive research and testing. The prostheses were produced at a fraction of their commercial cost, and students were able to build research, design, and production skills while directly impacting the lives of people in their community.

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