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Class Notes: Technology and schools make a good combination

POSTED: March 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.

It can be difficult to live in the world of high technology.

Remember the cartoon characters the Jetsons? We don’t live that far off from that fantasy world of robots, television telephones, high-in-the-sky apartment living and walking the dog on a treadmill. Just ask Cesar Millan of the TV show “Dog Whisperer.”

The Hall County Schools and the Gainesville City Schools are among the best places to see technology.

A new science, technology, engineering and mathematics school will be opening in the fall of 2013 at North Hall High School. In the new STEM wing, walls will be removed and glass walls will be installed. This will allow students to view others working on robotics, metal fabrication and computer technology.

Remember, it is about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The STEM school will be the first in Hall County. And there are plans to provide a “feeder” program for students in middle school.

But the school won’t be open just to Hall County students; if room is available, out-of-district students can apply to learn inside the wall-less community of STEM at North Hall.

At Gainesville High, an former auto mechanic room has four students working on industrial robots; but at the same time, they are connected to an instructor miles away at a technical school. The “eye on the ceiling” instructor communicates via a dedicated network.

The four students move station to station to learn a new way of instructing a machine to move. Binary code, computer programming and a lot of “tedious” work enable mechanical arms and legs to move a box, lift a metal circle or just move something forward.

These are 14- to 17-year-olds doing this.

No matter, the 21st century has arrived. And so have smartphones, computer technology, Facebook and robots.

I think the kids are in good hands.

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