August 30, 2017 Edition

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Hoxie EAST lab up and running

Kaleb Mercado learns more about the professional music software that is available to the Hoxie East Lab students.
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Students at Hoxie High School have been presented with an opportunity to learn first-hand about new technology thanks to a new EAST lab that was funded through a grant as part of the EAST initiative.

Keith Westbrook, who serves as facilitator, said the lab was set up on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week and then the learning began for both the teacher and the students.

"They come to me and ask me how something works, and I have to say, I don't know but we will figure it out together," he said.

Seven classes a day have access to the equipment, including architecture software, mapping software, virtual reality simulations, professional music software, film editing software and a 3D printer.

"This is a self-driven, project-based learning environment," Westbrook said. "It has been very successful statewide."

The program is already popular at Hoxie, with 108 enrolled for the fall semester.

Westbrook said the students choose what interests them and can complete projects on their own or for the community. He said community groups or businesses throughout the county that would like to partner with students on a project are welcome to contact the school.

"It's free labor," he said, "and great technology."

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