Tech Wars Take Off at Genesee Community College

The first annual Tech Wars competition catapulted to success on Thursday, March 20, 2008 as 145 students from 11 school districts participated in events such as making sumo robots, designing web pages, producing Auto CAD architectural drawings, engineering CO2 cars, and creating a working catapult.
“This was a joint effort on the part of Genesee Community College’s Tech Prep and the local technology teachers,” said Debbie Dunlevy, Program Director for the College Tech Prep program. “The teachers provided the expertise in putting together the individual events. We are very impressed with the creativity and technical expertise exhibited by these outstanding students.”

The success of this year’s event is due to many people, including the following sponsors:

• Turnbull Heating and Air Conditioning
• Milherst Construction
• McClurg Automotive
• D.B. Webb, Inc.
• Batavia Pediatrics
• Dansville Central Schools Administrative Team
• Deelicious Web Design
• Genesee Lumber
• Varysburg Lions Club

Several business people volunteered their time to participate as judges, including Ed Dries of AMADA Tool America, Inc. in Batavia, Loy Ellen Gross of Effie Rover Inc. in East Bethany, and Deanna Reding of Deelicious Web Design in Warsaw. Participating vendors included CADimensions Inc. in Williamsville, NY; HI Tech Inc. of Medina, OH; SUNY Institute of Technology; Genesee Community College; and Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines military recruiters.
For a complete list of winners in each competition category, visit the official Tech Wars website at For more information about the Tech Wars event, contact Dunlevy at 585-343-0055 x6316 or by email at

Editor’s Note: Several photos from the Tech Wars competition are available by going to the following Internet addresses:
Photo caption: Alexander Central School students from left to right work on their Mystery Project:
Dan Ognibene, Sean McClellan, Tim Meyer and Eric Helenbrook.
Photo caption: Oakfield-Alabama student Richard Strieff tests his boom-a-level project for strength and durability.
Photo caption: Batavia Middle School students prepare to fire catapults. Pictured left to right are: Dylan Scroger, Adam Weaver, Nick Lord, and Justin Baiocco.
Photo caption: Alexander Central High School students, Matt Zaso (left) and Ethan Willard (right) work on their Mystery Project.