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Horizon students link learning to industry

Some Horizon Middle School students had a recent opportunity to connect what they were learning in the classroom to how it is used in industry during a presentation by Sam Wheeldon, a technical manager in charge of electrical design with John Deere Electronic Solutions.

Sam Wheeldon, a technical manager in charge of electrical design with John Deere Electronic Solutions, responds to a Horizon student’s question regarding switches on a circuit board.

Wheeldon discussed how switches are used in various devices that John Deere produces, and he brought some circuit boards with switches to show the students in two of Jacob Gunderson’s Science of Technology classes.

The Horizon students then used programming software to program and wire three different types of switches — push button, Reed and phototransistor — to turn on lights.

The presentation by Wheeldon was part of an initiative by Education Minnesota, the state’s educators union, to bring business leaders into classrooms.

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