High tech plus high touch equals high cost, an equation that has some Mead educators looking for extraordinary solutions.
The school district’s Riverpoint Academy combines computer-based instruction with hands-on manufacturing. Few of the necessary tools come cheap.
The wish list of Director Dan Butler includes software for computer-aided drafting, DNA copiers and electrophoresis machines. 3-D printers are on the list as well for a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math – STEM. If only they could print a pile of money to help put all this equipment on the desks and bench tops of the academy’s digs in a former motorcycle dealership.