Technology Education Collegiate Association students excel at technology conference

Students in the Technology Education Collegiate Association at Fort Hays State University brought home gold from the 71st International Technology Education Conference in Louisville, Ky.

FHSU went up against teams from 18 major universities from all across the United States in six events: live manufacturing, transportation, technology challenge, teaching lesson, problem solving, and robotics.

One of FHSU's gold plaques came from the live manufacturing contest, which included Mark Bogner, Odin senior; Lindsey Schaefer, Arlee, Mont., senior; Joe Hornung, Cimarron senior, and Nathan Wendel, Ingalls junior. They were required to manufacture a high-quality brainteaser with 15 items and had to provide all the paperwork and drawings needed to manufacture the item on a production line.

Another gold came from the transportation contest where Hornung, Thomas McElroy, Ellis senior, and Patrick Holton, Tonganoxie freshman, were required to design and build a land transportation device that could carry a model horse a distance of five feet faster than the other competitors.

The technology challenge team also earned a gold in its competition. Team members Bogner, Schaefer, Hornung and McElroy had to demonstrate knowledge about the core concepts of technology and the profession of technology education.

FHSU placed fourth in the teaching lesson competition, where Schaefer was required to teach others about a technological topic. Scoring was based on teaching and learning effectiveness, organization, information presented, use of media and handouts.

For the robotics competition, in which FHSU placed fourth, students designed, fabricated, tested and demonstrated the use of a radio-controlled robot that collected and distributed a load during an eight-minute demonstration. The robotics team was Bunger, Wendel and Tim Markloff, Sumas, Wash., junior.

In the problem solving competition, students designed and built an apparatus to sort two sizes of box cargo. The team consisted of Bunger, Josh Crowe, Anthony sophomore, and Markloff.

"It is always exciting when Fort Hays State places at these national TECA contests, but bringing home three first-place plaques and a couple of fourth-places is quite a testament to our students and our technology program in general," said Kim Stewart, associate professor of technology studies and TECA sponsor.

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