Curiosity Cube brings STEM fun to Washington schools using VR and model robots

The Curiosity Cube | October 15, 2019

When a teacher tells the class, We're going out to the Curiosity Cube to learn about science, there are understandably a few groans among the students. Some aren't comfortable in science lessons, some feel anxious about what they struggle in, and some may just feel the proposed curiosity excursion sounds boring. But rarely do they come out of the Cube without at least a slight smile on their face, Curiosity Cube Coordinator Natalie Randolph said. The kids who went in without a lot of expression on their faces are always the first ones to answer my questions and off their excitement afterward, Randolph said. The Curiosity Cube is a traveling cargo container fitted with labs, virtual reality technology and other opportunities to give students a hands-on experience when learning about science.

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SSON and BlackLine conducted a survey of global finance and accounting leaders to gain a better understanding of robotics automation and the dramatic impact it can have on technology, process, and people. The survey results provide an understanding of the strategies and approaches to automation adoption in the financial close process.

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SSON and BlackLine conducted a survey of global finance and accounting leaders to gain a better understanding of robotics automation and the dramatic impact it can have on technology, process, and people. The survey results provide an understanding of the strategies and approaches to automation adoption in the financial close process.

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