Monday, February 16, 2009

TCNJ Dominates in 2008 TECA Conference

The Eastern Regional Conference of the Technology Education Collegiate Association (TECA) met in Virginia Beach, VA from November 9-11, 2008. Representatives from many notable colleges and universities attended, including the College of New Jersey, Central Connecticut State University, Millersville University, California University of PA and State University of New York at Oswego.

Some of the activities featured at the TECA conference were competitions, a job fair, and a banquet with keynote speakers. Carolyn Jepson, junior M/S/T Elementary Education major at TCNJ, said that one of the main attractions of participating in the TECA conference is the ability to network with potential employers, accomplished educators and other students interested in the fields of science and technology.

The TECA conference attracted many important people in the technological field. Prospective employers from over 50 school systems attended the job fair and recruited TECA participants. The keynote speakers were from the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel Authority: Mr. Jeff Holland (Executive Director), Mr. Robert Johnson (Director of Maintenance) and Ms. Debbie Cooley (Assistant Director of Finance). They discussed the engineering issues related to the building and maintenance of the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel.

There were competitions in ten categories: communication, problem solving, transportation, manufacturing, automated systems, elementary design, instructional modules, poster sessions, teaching lessons and technology. Jepson said, “The competitions force you to use all the skills you have learned through your technology classes in order to make and present the best designs." TECA participants from TCNJ took home three 1st place awards, two 2nd place awards and one 3rd place award. Congratulations to the 2008 TECA Conference TCNJ winners!

TCNJ Winners:

Automated Systems - 1st Place
Josh Schorr, Daniel Monzon, Frank Spangler, Jen Berntson

Teaching Lesson - 1st Place
Cathy Huang, Cynthia Cardona, Danielle Romero

Elementary Design - 1st Place
Ashley Delloiacono, Brianna Rae Kurowski, Carolyn Jepson

Poster Session - 2nd Place
Adam Brunner, Jessica Kerley

Technology Challenge - 2nd Place
Adam Brunner, Dan Watson, Matt Emmett, Mike Sullivan

Transportation - 3rd Place
Jameson Chin, Joe Carson, Melissa Bradley, Mike Sullivan

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