New 3-D imaging system could touch more students

A program at Richmond County Schools in North Carolina that uses military technology from nearby Fort Bragg has catapulted a member of Richmond’s senior class into a summer internship at the military installation, and observers say the technology could engage students in learning core curriculum content, reports the Richmond County Daily Journal. Senior Miles Pattan was one of the first to take a course in interactive three-dimensional (I 3-D) digital imaging design at the school this semester, and he announced March 30 that he was just accepted into an on-base summer internship. On hand was U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, who represents the district. “This is from a kid [who] didn’t even particularly like school,” Miles’ mother, Tammy Pattan, told the congressman in making the announcement. “But when he started doing this, it very quickly turned from a hobby into a career path.” Kissell was on hand to see the I 3-D classroom the high school has assembled using equipment from Fort Bragg’s Base Realignment and Closure Regional Task Force. A former civics teacher, he, noted the potential of using images that resemble something from an iMax theater to engage students in a lesson plan. “Right away, I can see the applications in civics and teaching about ancient Egypt,” Kissell said. “You could have the Nile River flowing, and the Pyramids, and the way the people dressed.”

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