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Get Real: The Blog for Hands-On Education

Join Aidex as we explore new educational technologies, share the experiences of educators and students, get our hands dirty, and reveal how and why we do what we do. Come along for the ride!

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  • 10 Reasons Why Aidex Loves Simulation Technology for Education

    Maybe we’re showing our age, but back in the day – make that way back in the day – the only tools teachers had to teach with were books, blackboards and typewriters. Only the science, shop, and home economics classes had true hands-on learning. (And gym class if you count dodge balls as hands-on learning.) […]

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    Read More Posted November 27, 2017

  • Popular Science Names Desktop Metal’s Metal 3D Printer Among Year’s Top Innovations in Engineering

    Now this is a first for Aidex! One of our suppliers of educational technology, Desktop Metal, was recognized by a leading national magazine as one of the year’s best innovations in engineering. In mid-October, Popular Science wrote this about Desktop Metal’s metal 3D printing Production System: “At an industrial scale, 3D printing with shiny alloys […]

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    Read More Posted November 12, 2017

  • Banners, Business and Ben: Roland Technology Inspires Future Design Entrepreneurs

    When Ben Murray accepted the job as a CTE instructor for graphic design and interactive media Clay High School in South Bend, Indiana, he couldn’t contain his happiness. One reason was his new classroom contained all kinds of “toys”—a 54-inch Roland TruVis SG-540 Printer/Cutter, a Roland VersaUV LEF12 benchtop UV flatbed printer for printing on […]

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    Read More Posted October 27, 2017

  • SynDaver Labs: No Animal Need Be Harmed So Students Can Learn

    I recently sat down with Dr. David Danielson who leads SynDaver Labs’ development of synthetic animals for veterinary medicine and biological sciences education and training. Their flagship product is a Canine Surgical Trainer that breathes, bleeds, looks, and feels like a real dog. The Aidex team loves this educational technology for many reasons and is […]

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    Read More Posted October 25, 2017

  • The Votes Are In: Carroll Public Library’s Makerspace Is Coming Soon!

    Last July, Rob Simons, our technical sales rep for Iowa and Nebraska, casually mentioned he was headed to Carroll, Iowa, for a public hearing on a new library building. We thought Rob was going to sit and listen. Little did we know Rob was going to take the podium and push the ball – a […]

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    Read More Posted September 15, 2017

  • Get Ready to Fall in Love with Aidex’s Newest Technology from Desktop Metal

    Last spring I got a call from an old business colleague and friend, Terry Cambron. He had something he couldn’t wait to tell me. “I’ve got a new job with a tech company out of Boston. They’ve hired me to build their educational sales pipeline. I immediately thought of you!” My antenna went up, which […]

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    Read More Posted August 17, 2017

  • Aidex’s Own MacGyver Gets Schools Up and Running on Educational Technology

    Back in the mid 1980s, my favorite television show was MacGyver. There was something about the Richard Dean Anderson character – and no, it wasn’t his mullet. MacGyver was a secret government agent with an encyclopedic knowledge who solved complex problems by making things out of everyday objects. His weapons of choice for fighting bad […]

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    Read More Posted July 18, 2017