Future Maker Lab 2017-05-31T13:20:42+00:00

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What is the FutureMaker Mobile Learning Lab?

WSU Tech and Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Inc. are working together to develop a Mobile Learning Lab to allow middle/high students and adult learners alike to have the opportunity to experience the thrill of hands-on, interactive learning in “high-demand technical fields” as identified by the Kansas Department of Commerce.  The goal of this mobile lab is to educate Kansans by bringing these in-demand careers to their doorsteps through the use of technology.  In this mobile lab students will experience actual and virtual tools that are used in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers throughout Kansas and the United States. The lab will capture the interest of all ages through exploration of STEM education using virtual reality, information technology and hands-on experiences.  This exploration of technical careers will ultimately lead more Kansans into career pathways such as Aviation, Advanced Manufacturing and Health Sciences.

Please note: Currently, we are operating in the Wichita and surrounding areas (within a two-hour drive of Wichita) targeted at 10th graders. Statewide middle and high school service is planned for the future.

FutureMaker Mobile Learning Lab

What will the students learn?

The FutureMaker Mobile STEM Learning Lab consists of a 34-foot trailer that travels throughout the state. Inside the trailer students participate in a variety of potential STEM career fields with hands on activities. Students use equipment such as a virtual welder to simulate metal repairs, a virtual painter to get a sense for Aviation/automotive coatings careers, and other devices that introduce robotic programming. The lab also carries ten zSpace 3D computers which provide students a virtual reality learning experience. These computer stations contain programs related to all STEM careers which allow students to virtually dissect, wire, build and explore STEM topics in 3D. (See the computers, programs and curriculum at zspace.com.)

The FutureMaker Lab is an entire package providing exploration in the world of STEM. To ensure students receive the most benefit from the visit, teachers will be given curriculum and a lesson plan to present to their students before the Learning Lab arrives in their community. After arrival, zSpace computers will be moved into a schoolroom for part of the class to explore STEM in 3D, while the remainder of the class goes on to the trailer for hands-on activities; after the allotted time, they will switch.

There will be 2 or 3 employees assigned to the lab which rely on the school to provide a teacher and employee/student to assist with the zSpace computers; one driver/instructor who will assist the students in the trailer and a second coordinator/instructor who will work in the classrooms with the zSpace units. The plan is to have the FutureMaker Mobile Learning Lab on the road in the Wichita area by fall of 2017 and touring throughout Kansas during the spring of the 2017-2018 school year.

Our goal is to make the lab available at no cost to students throughout Kansas.   Koch Industries, Spirit AeroSystems, and Westar Energy and Textron Aviation have joined us to start making that goal a reality.

FutureMaker Mobile Learning Lab

The Mobile Learning Lab will initially introduce students to selected high-demand career paths that they may not be aware of, or considered an option for further study.  These paths include topics in:

Ready to learn more?

Contact Program Manager, Shea Zuckerman

WSU Tech
4004 N Webb Rd
Wichita, Kansas, 67226
Phone: 316-677-9400