Educational innovations need more funding

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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.

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