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Bringing “real world” stuff to the classroom: Tech Mobile brings unique experiences to students

Sourcewell Instructor Cherisse Wolvington showed students from Mrs. Mary Irsfeld’s fourth grade class, Zeana Christensen and Devin Iten, how to use some of the equipment from Tech Mobile.

by Karin L. Nauber

Cutting-edge technology, 3-D printers, real world experiences.

These are all words that can be used to describe the experience that students at the Browerville Public School receive when Tech Mobile comes to town.

Over the course of the past six years, Browerville students in elementary and high school have had these real world experiences with high tech equipment through Tech Mobile.

“Since 2014, Tech Mobile has provided a unique experience for schools and students throughout the Sourcewell region of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties,” said Sourcewell Public Relations and Communications Specialist Jenny Holmes.

Tech Mobile is a partnership between the Browerville School District, Central Lakes College, M State and Sourcewell.

The idea was to give students the opportunity to get hands-on experience using industrial equipment and technology that might not otherwise be available to students due to cost or unavailability.

“In 2019, Tech Mobile switched gears and was taken on full-time by Sourcewell,” said Holmes.

In an article written by Holmes, she further said, “Building upon its previous success, Sourcewell devoted a team of consultants to not only add more state-of-the-art equipment, but to work on standards connections and offer staff support—making it easier for teachers to embrace the opportunity.” . . . .



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