By Max Hrenda
In the past, Carter County hasn’t had the reputation of being at the forefront of the technological revolution.
A survey conducted by Connected Tennessee in 2010 revealed that 39 percent of county residents didn’t have Internet access. In the same study, 32 percent said they didn’t own a computer.
But a Carter County Schools initiative may be turning that around by bringing some of today’s most-sophisticated technology into classrooms.
Students at two schools recently began working with that advanced equipment: a virtual spray painting program at Unaka High School, and a three-dimensional printer at Hampton High School.
Mickey Taylor, Carter County Schools’ director of career & technology education, said he wanted this equipment to propel Carter County Schools into the technological foreground.
“My goal since I took over has been to get the latest, most cutting-edge technologies we could get,” Taylor said. “I wanted to get major pieces of equipment, instead of nickel-and-diming things and not having anything to show for it.”
Both machines have been heralded in the technology world as the latest and greatest in their respective fields.