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.... www.tricountynews.mn II PAGE 21o16 November !7, By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Some school districts - and, indeed, companies - purchase the latest technology just because it exists. Kimball has an opportu- nity to add technology that will revolutionize how (and what) stu- dents learn. .... afternoon, Nov. 2, a large RVwas parked in the lot in front of the high school in Kimball. Inside were 10 computers and a demo station. Members of the commu- nity, including parents and stu- dents, school board members, and business owners, got to enter the RV and see and try the new tech- nology for themselves. A representative from ZSpace (the distributor) and Resource Training & Solutions were there to demonstrate the 3D computers and the software that runs them. The bottom line is that the Kimball school district can pur- chase 10 3D work stations. The $50,000 cost includes all hardware and software, installation, and support. Four scheduled updates a year are included. There is space at the high school for a computer lab to house these work stations. Curriculum available for 3D instruction includes life sciences, Earth sciences, physical sciences, career and technical (industrial arts), 3D graphic design, geome- try and algebra, elementary math, anatomy and physiology, as well as professional development for teachers. An ag maintenance pro- gram is coming early next year. Another advantage of the 3D curriculum is that it does not rely on the Internet. All software is off- line, inside each of the computers. It won't tax the school's Internet, and instruction won't be slowed down when the Internet lags. One student who came for the demonstration spent well over half an hour on one computer, engag- ing with the 3D and thoroughly enjoying it. The boy is autistic, and it was thought he would only watch. But he was all-in from the beginning. The hardware and curricu- lum "addresses a broad spectrum of learning styles," explained Pat Salstrand of ZSpace. This includes students who may be autistic, for whom English is not a first lan- guage, and behavioral issues. This is a view of the augmented reality demonstration screen. It's the only way to see the 3D effects in a standard photo. You can see a girl on the right, standing in front of the computer screen, with the keyboard in front of her. She is manipulating objects on the screen and pulling them toward her, in 3D. The white toy looks like it's outside the computer screen, much as it appears to the girl manipulating it. Kimball Senior Scholarship The meeting dates for Kimball Feb. 6, 2017 - FACS Room Senior Scholarship organization March 13, 2017 - FACS Room (formerly Dollars For Scholars) April 3, 2017 - FACS Room are listed with the location of the May 1, 2017 - FACS Room meeting. Starting time is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 2016 - Board Room ]an. 9, 2017 - FACS Room Fall sports have been Kimball in 2016 By Byron Westrich KimbaU Activities Director Swimming has two participants who co-op with St. Cloud Tech high school. Emi Wagner is competing at the state swim meet Thursday, Nov. 17, in the 4x200 relay free- style team. She is excited to compete in the state swim meet at the U of M Aquatic Center. Volleyball made history last weekend by competing in the state volleyball tourna- ment. The first time in Kimball's history the volleyball team has gone to state. The first year volleyball started in Kimball they won II outstanding at the sub section (back then it was called the district) in 1975, and now have won subsec- tion, section and finished sixth at the state tournament in 2016. Head Coach Tabitha Mortenson was selected Section 5A coach of the year. Girls Cross Country had another outstanding year. Paired with EV-W, they have gone to state two years in a row. 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