10 Cool Tools CTE Educators Use to Engage Today’s Students

Today’s students are looking to learn classroom lessons in more unique ways than in the past. They crave information they can immediately connect to their future goals. They want to interact, experiment, learn from their mistakes, and practice.

At Realityworks, we develop products that enable CTE educators to do exactly that: give students hands-on learning opportunities that are relevant, authentic and highly engaging while teaching important career skills. We spoke with our customers to create a list of our 10 most popular training tools for Health Science, Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture and Welding classrooms.

10 Cool Tools CTE Educators Use to Engage Students are:

1. Blood Pressure Simulator

This tool, dubbed a finalist in the Ed Tech Cool Tools awards, is a one-of-a-kind training tool used to teach proper techniques for taking blood pressure.

2. guideWELD® VR welding simulator

Welding is one of the high-wage, high-demand careers we hear about in the workforce today. With this engaging and interactive simulator, students can learn basic techniques while exploring a potential career.  

3. Bovine Injection Simulator

Requested by ag instructors to teach fundamental skills for agriculture and vet tech students, this simulator gives students hands-on experience giving injections, applying ear tags and more, without leaving the classroom.

4. Geriatric Simulator

Key skills for all students entering healthcare careers include empathy and understanding of their patients. With this wearable tool, students can “walk in the shoes” of elderly patients and gain true insight into their aches, pains and other age-related challenges.

5. Child Care Center Design Kit

One of our newest products on the “cool tools” list, this interactive kit was created in partnership with a child care facility owner. It teaches students how to properly set up child care rooms for ideal learning environments.

6. Adult Nursing Manikin

Featuring over 20 basic care functions, this manikin is used in nursing and health occupations classrooms to give students realistic practice interacting with adult patients.

7. Electrical Wiring Kit

Safety is key in a classroom setting. With this kit, students to get hands-on wiring experience and quick assessments on job correctness while avoiding sparks and other electrical dangers.

8. Bovine Breeder™ artificial insemination simulator

This unique simulator has caught the attention of many ag education publications, as it enables students to learn and practice an in-demand skill right in the classroom.

9. RealCareer ™ Weld Defects Kit

Our most popular trade skills kit, this unique product teaches students what can go wrong during welding, how to identify improper welds and most importantly, how to fix these defects and prevent them from occurring on future welds.

10. RealCare™ Shaken Baby Simulator

While this product has been offered for several years, the lessons it teaches and the impacts it makes on students is incredible. We are proud that educators still consider our Shaken Baby Simulator a “cool tool,” as it provides unforgettable lessons on child abuse and prevention that can truly save lives.

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Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome with Education

When a local parent made local news headlines last year for shaking his four-month-old hard enough to induce a coma, conversations turned to the importance of educating parents and caregivers about Shaken Baby Syndrome and we had the opportunity to feature our RealCare Shaken Baby simulator the parenting program “Moms Everyday.” Last week, local news outlets reported that the parent had pleaded guilty to felony child abuse, and we were reminded once again of the importance of education as a means to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome and child abuse.


Shaken Baby Syndrome is 100% preventable. A key aspect of prevention is increasing awareness of the potential dangers of shaking, and tools like our Shaken Baby simulator can help. Designed to show how quickly brain damage can occur after just a few seconds of shaking an infant, this electronic simulator cries inconsolably and when shaken, accelerometers inside its head show damage to specific brain areas in real time.

Together, we can make parents and caregivers aware of the dangers of shaking infants and prevent more tragedies like this from occurring.

Click here to view the full “Moms Everyday” clip featuring RealCare Shaken Baby simulator. For more information, visit our website at www.realityworks.com

Local Educator Uses Simulator to Prevent Child Abuse

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., February 20, 2014 – Anoka Middle School for the Arts teacher Linda Keller is making a big impact on student’s lives by using an infant simulator for child abuse prevention. Keller, a seventh-grade Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher, acquired one of RealityworksRealCare® Shaken Baby simulators during a drawing at the Minnesota Family & Consumer Science Conference this past January.


Each year, Keller teaches 250-300 students a variety of lifetime skills, from food and nutrition to caring for and understanding infants, toddlers and preschoolers. She has a passion for families, no matter their composition, and uses that passion every day as she works with impressionable adolescents.

“These kids are at the perfect age to take on new tasks. What we teach them helps them take on new responsibilities needed for life,” said Keller.

During the child abuse prevention learning target in her child development unit, Keller emphasizes the importance of managing stress and frustration with her students. She helps them understand how a moment of losing their “cool” could make a life-long impact on a child. To assist in conveying this to her students, Keller uses the RealCare Shaken Baby simulator. When the simulator is shaken, parts of its brain that are damaged light up, demonstrating to students the long-term effects shaking a baby could have. The success of this unit and the simulator highlights the crucial need for education in FACS classes.

“No matter what a child’s future career path is, being a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome will cause damage to parts of the brain that are critical in developing future skills needed to succeed,” said Keller. “With this simulator, we will be able to make a greater visual impact and impression on students of this fact.”

Keller will be sharing her new simulator with Anoka FACS colleagues, and hopes to extend this type of education to all middle school students enrolled in Minnesota’s largest school district.

For more information on Realityworks and the RealCare Shaken Baby simulator, visit www.realityworks.com

About Realityworks, Inc.

Realityworks, Inc. was established 19 years ago with the mission to better address teen pregnancy prevention, parenting skills, and to address child abuse and neglect through educational products. Realityworks is most famous for RealCare Baby (known formerly as Baby Think It Over, BTIO). Over the last decade, this unique company developed several other simulators and programs with the desire to create engaging, experiential learning tools. These tools help educators engage students while bettering the human condition. New products address career preparation areas such as business management, finance and entrepreneurship, and most recently a welding simulation system known as teachWELD. The company has made a worldwide impact, sending simulators into more than 67 percent of U.S. school districts and reaching more than 6,000,000 young people. Programs also extend to more than 89 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.realityworks.com, or call toll-free 800-830-1416.

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