Oconto Middle School students use virtual welders, thanks to Packers

OCONTO – Oconto Middle School students will have a chance to explore new career opportunities as they try their hand at welding.

The Oconto Unified School District purchased a MobileArc Augmented Reality Welding System and Prusa i3 3D printers as part of a $20,000 technology makeover made possible through Leap for Learning, a new technology makeover program offered by the Green Bay Packers and UScellular and partially funded by a grant from the NFL Foundation.

Oconto Middle School students practice welding techniques via a MobileArc Augmented Reality Welding System.

Emily Miller, superintendent of the school district, said virtual welders will give students the opportunity to try welding without its inherent dangers, such as burns, eye injuries and electric shock.

“The goal is to provide different STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) opportunities and allow the students to follow up with welding and metal fabrication at the high school level,” she said.

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