Technology Showcase to celebrate five-year anniversary

students wearing virtual reality headsets
Students from Crestwood Middle School toured the Atomic Object Technology Showcase in March. The showcase will celebrate its fifth anniversary with an open house on September 14.
Image credit - Amanda Pitts
iPad with face of Eric Kunnen mounted on a swivl robot
Eric Kunnen, associate director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies, is pictured on an iPad mounted on the Double, a telecommunications robot mount for a iPad
Image credit - University Communications

The Atomic Object Technology Showcase at the Mary Idema Pew Library will celebrate its fifth anniversary Friday, September 14, with an open house, giving the campus community a firsthand look at emerging trends in technology. The event will take place from 3-6 p.m.

Eric Kunnen, associate director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies, said the showcase was created with a vision of introducing emerging technologies to the campus community to make students better learners and faculty better teachers.

“One of the goals of the showcase is to figure out what pieces of technology can transform teaching and learning,” Kunnen said. “Knowing that technology is, culturally, something that is part of our lives, how can we take that and apply it to education in a purposeful way to increase student success?”

From 3D printers and camera-equipped eyewear to virtual and augmented reality, the showcase, located on the atrium level of the Mary Idema Pew Library, houses a myriad of technologies with the potential to transform learning. Visitors at the open house will see the debut of two new technologies, enjoy refreshments and have opportunities to win prizes. Student assistants will be available to answer questions and demonstrate tech uses.

“Simply put, it’s a great way for people to experience the showcase if they’ve never been in here,” said student assistant Sam Krepel.

More information about the open house is online at; RSVP via the Tech Showcase's Facebook page.

-- written by Madison Barnes, student writer



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