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Otero Junior CollegeOtero Junior College, a community college located in La Junta, Colorado, adds four Eureka.in Universal systems utilizing funds provided in a five year Department of Education STEM Grant.

In the fall of 2014, NxGenLearning was contacted by STEM Director, Laurine Szymanski, to provide a presentation of Eureka.in. Ms. Szymanski, after consulting with the Science and Mathematics Departments, chose Eureka.in for enrichment instruction in their STEM programs on campus. Eureka.in will also be utilized in STEM outreach programs to school districts in surrounding communities. In March, 2015 four Eureka Universal systems were implemented on campus. Two mobile carts with Eureka.in 3D systems each utilizing LG flat screen TV’s to display Biology – Chemistry – Mathematics – Physics topics in classrooms. Two Eureka.in server systems were installed supporting 50 individual users; instructors in their classrooms and students doing self-directed study in computer labs.

Otero Junior College has developed an inclusive program to support diverse learners in developing higher-order thinking skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Blending these skills with academic content is an effective means to enhance student performance. The evidence of the program is numerous graduate students working in many of today’s high demand careers, including fast-growing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers.

STEM 3D Anatomy OJC Science Faculty member Lisa Gallegos uses the 3D technology with her Anatomy and Physiology class.

STEM 3D ChemistryJJ Autry, OJC Science faculty, explains a chemistry concept with the help of the non-3D version of Eureka.in.

3D STEM lessons ignite student excitement for students at Otero Junior College

LA JUNTA — There are different models of learning styles in education. The most widely used are visual, auditory and kinesthetic. A teacher’s best option is to use a variety of teaching techniques to give all students the best chance to succeed.

With this in mind, Otero Junior College recently invested in cutting-edge software technology – Eureka.in. When STEM subjects are presented with Eureka.in, students grasp complex and abstract concepts through a familiar and visually engaging medium. Eureka.in enhances knowledge mastery for all learners regardless of their individual learning styles.

Research has shown that Eureka.in helps students with learning challenges to achieve mastery of concepts that they previously had difficulty understanding. Another finding was that students simultaneously rediscovered their own intrinsic motivation, curiosity and resilience in ‘grappling’ with difficult STEM concepts.

STEM subjects can be presented in two modes with Eureka.in. Lessons can be presented to students in 3D or in a non-3D mode, referred to as Mono. Both methods present complex and abstract concepts through a visually engaging medium that resonates for digital natives. 3D Eureka.in is used with a mobile cart on which a 3D Ready flat screen TV is mounted.

OJC’s system is shared by the Science and Mathematics Departments. Mono Eureka.in is installed on servers and available for access by instructors in any classroom and by students in computer labs for self-directed study supporting a flipped classroom environment.

Land Rover Flatirons in Superior, Colorado hosts successful Eureka.in 3D fund raising project for local high school.

Students at Monarch High learning everything from cellular function to math equations now can visualize concepts in 3D thanks to Eureka.in and new mobile carts with flat screen TV’s.

Monarch High science teachers first tried 3D visualization technology with their students five years ago, as part of a Texas Instruments-sponsored project to study its effectiveness in the classroom. The teachers said the power of the technology is it can illustrate abstract concepts, like polynomial equations, or help students visualize what it looks like inside a cell so they can better understand how reactions happen.

“The technology makes it come to life,”.  “It makes a huge difference for student understanding.”

To bring the technology to more students at Monarch HS, Land Rover Flatirons in Superior and other local businesses sponsored a fundraiser in October. Ed Dobbs, General Manger of Land Rover Flatirons, provided his dealership as the focal point for this ambitious project. The event raised $15,000, enough money to buy two 3D carts for Monarch HS, one loaded with math lessons and the other loaded with science, plus a third for Eldorado K-8 in Superior, which feeds into Monarch HS.

“Our goal was just to get one system, but the community came out in force to support this,” said Ed Dobbs, general manager at Land Rover Flatirons

Also helping with the project at Monarch is NxGenLearning, a 3D consulting company based in Lakewood.

“Our goal is to make a difference in a lot of kids’ lives,” said NxGen’s Sheila Lucas.

The mobile carts, which include 3D software, a 3D ready LG flat screen T.V. and a class set of 3D glasses, debuted at the school last week.

Students who tried out the technology were enthusiastic.

Sophomore Elijah Soto said he was expecting “movie theater” 3D, but instead found crystal clear images that “really popped out.”

“It was pretty cool,” he said. “It’s really good for visual learners.”

Added classmate Harrison Waldmann, who saw a lesson on cells, “It shows the whole process of everything.”

“Having a visual representation corrects you if you’re not thinking about it that right way,” he said.