College Tech Prep Students Wage Tech Wars at Genesee Community College

Students will have a chance to take what they learn in the technology classroom and compete in an exciting hands-on event at the first annual Tech Wars competition scheduled for March 20, 2008 at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY. Registration for the College Tech Prep event begins at 8:30 AM and the competition starts at 9:00 AM. From catapults to robots, manual drafting to web page design, the imagination and creativity of some of the brightest students in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties) region will be showcased during this day-long event.

The competition is open to middle and high school students, who will participate in multiple project-based events of skill, chance, and ability. Students will compete in bridge building, drafting, sumo robots, T-shirt design, and carbon dioxide dragster racing, among other events.

“Hopefully the interest in this competition will help to boost enrollments of technology classes because what is learned there can be transferred to the world of home, work and careers almost on a daily basis,” said Debbie Dunlevy, College Tech Prep Program Director and Coordinator Co-Chair of the Tech Wars competition. “We are very excited to host such a fun and educational event.”

The Tech Wars competition, which may become open to school districts outside the GLOW region in the future, was inspired from a similar competition currently held through Niagara County Community College. That event is now in its eleventh year and attracts as many as 600 students from Western New York to compete.

“Ultimately, the interest of some students may go beyond the classroom where they develop such a deep interest in technology that they make a career of it. Someday those students may come back as a teacher or mentor of the technology students of the future.”

College Tech Prep helps student explore various career options and make a smooth transition from high school to college and ultimately to professional careers. The Tech Wars is among several dynamic programs giving students the opportunity to work in hands-on learning encounters, often within business settings and with various professionals. The Heath Careers Academy, Legal Career Academy, and the Business and Information Technology Career programs are some of the other College Tech Prep programs available to many high school students.

For more information contact Debbie Dunlevy, College Tech Prep Program Director at Genesee Community College, at 585-343-0055 x6316 or dkdunlevy@genesee.edu. More information can also be found at the Tech Wars website at http://www.alexandercsd.org/techwars/index.htm.
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