Kevin Dick, Technology Education teacher at West High School, was awarded a $470 mini grant.  The purpose of his grant was to purchase two diagnostic scan tools that will directly assist with student learning.  This technological method of student interaction with today’s vehicle systems will increase student’s accessibility, give exposure to automotive systems, and provide experience in trouble-shooting current technology.  On a day-to-day basis students will initiate work on various vehicles in lab.  The only way to access vehicle systems are to use a diagnostic scan tool.  Once this tool is in a student’s hand they are able to monitor, search, discover, and assess any system on virtually any passenger vehicle.  A very neat feature about this tool is that it can be connected to a large screen to place found data in front of the entire class which enables rich discussion about how to evaluate any given vehicle symptoms.  This tool educates learners individually as well as in a large group setting.  This tool allows the teacher to integrate the newest automotive diagnostic technology into the curriculum and be placed directly into the hands of vocational automotive students on a daily basis.

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