Let your students’ minds soar as they think about newly evolving technologies. You might start with 3-D printing and interactive holograms, since these technologies are not only coming into the school market but also inspire dreams of the future. 3-D printers can make plastic objects and yummy chocolates, and even build new human bone. MIT Technology Review reports that “the world’s first 3-D printed battery” and a “bionic ear” have been created. The “ear” was for demonstration purposes only, but 3-D or additive printing gives glimpses into what may be possible in years to come. As for interactive holograms, introduce your students to the possibilities shown on zSpace. The zSpace Science Station, for example, features a 3D virtual holographic system for subjects such as biology, earth science, and chemistry. —And that’s not all programmers are doing with zSpace.
The need is great for us to encourage our students to learn to think “outside the box” so that they can be innovators of the future. Already Silicon Valley and other tech communities throughout our nation are worried about finding innovators who can envision products that will help us all.