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EAST Lab Produces 3D Yearbook – 2017

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Don Roberts Elementary School NBRS 2017

Don Roberts Elementary School (Little Rock, AR). The Don Roberts Elementary School is home to an award winning Environmental and Spatial Technology (E.A.S.T.) Lab. The EAST Lab provides professional-grade technology for students to learn to solve problems creatively in their communities. Students have access to state-of-the-art software and equipment: drones, geospatial technology, 3D printers, graphics programs, small computers for programming, and video editing software. The Roberts EAST lab serves over 100 students in grades 3-5. Students master the software and tools in project-based activities and projects. One of the most dynamic student project is the development of a 3D yearbook for the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Through the magic of “Sense Scanning,” Roberts’ students scan the faces of each graduating senior of the Arkansas School for the Blind to create a 3D yearbook. The 3D yearbook provides students with visual impairments the opportunity to feel the facial features of their classmates.