Last week, the SWAT students got a visit by John Steward, Lab Manager of the Physics Department at Hendrix College and an assistant, Emily Nichols, a Hendrix College physics major. Excitement filled the room as Mr. Steward demonstrated one of Hendrix College’s new 3D printers. As the students saw firsthand how one of their own images could turn into a physical 3d object, Mr. Steward opened their minds to the possibilities of future uses of 3D printed objects. “It was great getting to see the finished product and being able to actually see and experience some of the newest technology. It was so much better than seeing things like this on television or online,” commented Adam, a SWAT Team member. Mr. Steward challenged each student to use their skills and imagination to provide the world with the next “killer app.” Another team member, Ethan, stated that since the 3D printer demonstration he has “inquired about them and found out a lot of its potential uses.”
SWAT Team members use their skills to update software, troubleshoot hardware issues, and provide training for teachers in new technologies that can be used in the classroom. When not providing support, the SWAT Team advances their individual tech skills.