Magazine article Techniques

Pre-Engineering Classroom Equipment. (Teacher's Toolbox)

Magazine article Techniques

Pre-Engineering Classroom Equipment. (Teacher's Toolbox)

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One of the more popular booths at the ACTE convention in Las Vegas this past December was the one for GDJ Inc. It may have been the roller coaster that drew people's attention, but it was Jack Gilbert who was able to keep their attention. One of the reasons he was able to relate so well to the educators at the convention is that he himself is a former career and technical educator.

It was while he was teaching power-plant in an aviation mechanics course that he saw the need for a wind tunnel. He believed that if his students could see an actual display of aerodynamics--rather than simply viewing it as an abstract concept on a chalkboard--it would better enable them to understand the principles involved.

When Aviation High School, where he was teaching, was closed in 1996, he made the decision to build wind tunnels and other technology exploration products as a business.

According to Gilbert, "The primary goal of the company now is to produce pre-engineering/physics equipment for high schools, technical schools and four-year universities. …

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