On November 13th - 15th, Appalachian State University's Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) co-hosted the 2016 TEECA Eastern Region Conference (TEECAEast) at Virginia Beach with Old Dominion University. TEECAEast is annual conference for college students interested in STEM education and teaching in STEM and Career and Technical Education (CTE) related fields by TEECA, an affiliate council of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). The conference allows college students to network and develop leadership skills related to STEM & Career and Technical Education while competing in 10 STEM related competitions. Representing schools like North Carolina State University, The College of New Jersey and SUNY-Oswego, schools brought teams as large as forty and as small as four to this event.
This year, ASU TEECA carried seven students to the conference from various programs. Only two of the students had been to the event before. Due to its size, ASU TEECA only competed in four events. The events include Problem Solving, Teaching Lesson, Transportation and Technology Challenge.
This year's Problem Solving Challenge, "Fighting Poverty with Newton's Law" focused on Nepal and asked students to design and construct a working model of a gravity ropeway on-site that would transport two identical trolleys and containers in either direction without spillage or loss of goods. Resources, equipment and time were limited, in addition to various constraints applied.
ASU TEECA team members (Joe Gannon, a senior in Technology Education and Elvie Sumner, a sophomore in Building Science) placed 1st in Problem Solving.
This year's Teaching Lesson asked students to develop, deliver and reflect on a 10 minute lesson covering the cultural, social, economic and political effects of technology. Our team developed and presented a lesson for middle school students that focused on Food Production and What You Eat?
ASU TEECA team members (Sarah Crace, a senior in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Kennedy Forbes, a junior in Career and Technical Education - Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Laura Warren, a freshman in Commercial Photography) placed 2nd in Teaching Lesson.
This year's Transportation Challenge focused on building and programming an autonomous robot that would transport various size goods uphill and release them at determined location repeatedly. Students could use the robotics platform of their choice however they didn't receive the problem until Monday morning at 8 AM and tested their device the following morning at 8:30 AM. In addition to the time constraints. additional criteria and constraints were outlined in the design brief.
ASU TEECA team members Ben Brown and Emily Tredway, a sophomore and freshman respectively in Career and Technical Education - Technology, Engineering and Design Education, placed 2nd in Transportation.
We are extremely proud of these students and their hard work. Please congratulate them when you see them. Their success demonstrates various programs' commitment to education as well as teaching students about sustainability and socially just practices.