High-tech electronics are giving Guntersville students a new learning experience

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Several high-tech electronics are providing a unique real-world learning experience for Guntersville students this year.

Inside one of the classrooms at Guntersville High School, a 3-D printer sits prominently on a side table. High school classes from engineering to physics will use the device.

Guntersville City Schools Technology Coordinator Sean Holmes says its lessons are numerous, and it will teach students to work as a team in a career-type setting. "The engineering folks are doing the design work, they're getting some of their data from the physics folks, and the shop if you would is building some of the real world prototypes after they've done the modeling on the 3-D printer," Holmes says.

Another new learning tool - tablets that allow students to paint or draw in a real-world sense. Holmes says the tablet allows the artist to paint and draw with various techniques and mediums, and the electronics act and look as if the motion is done on paper.

Students can also use a small device to mold or sculpt on a computer. The device is small, plugs into a computer, and rests at the front of the keyboard. The device allows that person to use their hands to work the computer. "It sits in front of the monitor and allows you to interact with the computer without actually touching a key a mouse, screen, anything," Holmes says. The creations that result can also be sent to the 3-D printer.

Holmes says these high-tech learning tools give students a better idea of careers after school. "All of a sudden their choices become much broader because they know what it's like to be an engineer, they know what it's like to be an artist because they've actually done it, and they know what it would be like in the real world," Holmes says.

Other new electronics include new tablets and pads, and recording devices that stream to students' computers for a more interactive learning experience.

Holmes says the funds for these new electronics come from a budget designated for that purpose.

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