Young Minds Invited to Battle in Tech Wars

GCC Hosts 6th annual Competition for Middle and High School Students


Batavia, New York – An exciting, hands-on learning opportunity returns to Genesee Community College on Thursday, March 14 as the College’s Career Pathways Program hosts the 6th annual Tech Wars. The event brings area middle and high school students to GCC’s Batavia campus where they’ll demonstrate their technology knowledge through innovative, mind-expanding competition. Students arrive on campus at 8:30 am. The competition runs from 9:30-12:30.

Students participate in a variety of challenges, generally in groups of two or more. Some of the competition involves bringing to campus projects they’ve been working on, such as a tree house sculpture or an architectural design. Other competition involves working onsite, such as drawing with CAD (Computer Assisted Drafting) software. From a robotic tractor pull to mousetrap-powered cars and the ever popular sumo robots, Tech Wars offers fun and challenging events.


“We expect to have more than 500 students on campus for Tech Wars this year,” said GCC Career Pathways director Debbie Dunlevy. “Technology has become a way of life. This allows them to explore how they might pursue it in future careers. It also enhances problem-solving skills in a practical setting, especially working as a team.”

Tech Wars is pleased to have several new sponsors supporting the event at the Gold Level ($500+). They include Graham Manufacturing, Liberty Pumps, and Ken Barrett Chevrolet Cadillac. “We’re grateful for their contributions,” said Dunlevy. “We see it as an investment in their employees of the future.”

The Career Pathways Program helps students explore various career options and make a smooth transition from high school to college and ultimately to professional careers. Tech Wars is among several dynamic programs giving students the opportunity to learn hands-on, often in business settings and with industry professionals.

For more information, please contact Debbie Dunlevy, Genesee Community College Career Pathways program director at 585-343-0055 ext. 6316 or or visit the Tech Wars website at