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In a first-of-its-kind program, the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is placing 3D printers and other technology in 30-plus middle and high schools across West Virginia – including Spring Valley High School in Wayne County – to spur innovation among agricultural educators and students.
Classrooms across the state were selected by the West Virginia Department of Education to receive a 3D printer, Raspberry Pi computer, an Arduino microcontroller kit and an array of electronic components. RCBI staff trained teachers to use the technology last week at a gathering of state agricultural educators in Wetzel County. In addition, teachers were provided resources to help them adapt the technology for an agricultural curriculum.