Reinmuth challenges students, received over $300,000 for upgrades
GERING — Justin Reinmuth’s passion for teaching students and bringing out their best abilities have brought in over $300,000 to the school.
Since transitioning from the junior high to the high school in 2014, Gering High School engineering and robotics teacher Reinmuth has taken on courses that have allowed the school to offer a STEM curriculum.
“We went from having that one electronics course to having a whole curriculum of pre-engineering and robotics,” said Gering High School Principal Eldon Hubbard.
Throughout his time at Gering High School, Reinmuth has challenged his students to address society’s future problems through the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. From the students’ successes addressing water-related needs, the school has received over $300,000 to purchase electronics that better aid student learning.
The school purchased several televisions that will be available in the conference room and some classrooms after the high school construction project concludes. Reinmuth said the school will be able to use three large Samsung televisions as a display at the entrance to the gymnasium. The screens will function as one and will display information about sporting event, the lunch menu and other events going on.
Another piece of equipment the school received that is currently crated in the shop room is a refracting laser. The laser is fully contained and over 3 feet long. As part of the high school remodel, construction workers gutted the home education kitchen and will reconstruct the room for STEM courses. Before installing the classroom door, staff will move the laser into the room since the laser comes fully assembled and cannot fit through the doors. The laser will allow Reinmuth to implement new projects into his curriculum where students have to build a mechanical arm. There are also a couple Samsung Flip devices in the classrooms that students can use to upload presentations and videos. The devices also act like whiteboards and come with pens, so the presenter can write, highlight and circle important information. The high school has four Flips, which is a new technology that came out within the last six months.
As Reinmuth continues to challenge his students, he said the competition is never about the money for him. It’s about the fun of competing and seeing students find their strengths within the software programming, building and presentation components of the project.
For this year’s contest, Reinmuth is handing over his role to science teacher Brett Moser. Since Reinmuth took on a new role with Samsung, his involvement with the students’ project cannot be as hands-on, since he could be judging the competition. Still, he is excited about the work his students are producing as they reverse engineer eye-tracking software, with the goal that a quadriplegic can wear the glasses and operate their wheelchairs.
“What they will be doing is putting the eye-tracking glasses on a quadriplegic and then they don’t have to use the suck and blow tube anymore,” said Reinmuth. “You just look and drive.”