TERRE HAUTE -- Clay City and Northview High School students received top awards at Indiana State University's Tech T.R.E.K. (Teamwork, Resources, Education, Knowledge) competition.
Nearly 500 students from 25 area high schools competed at ISU's John T. Myers Technology Center for a day of teamwork, problem solving and learning recently. Students competed in two rounds of events that gave them the opportunity to display skills of technological literacy and education.
Northview students received two first place honors. Robbie Miller, Chris Fox and Stephan Brannan planned and fabricated a technological apparatus to accomplish an assigned manipulation to win Problem Solving. Elizabeth Horrall, Trevor Akers, Brett Lawson and Jason Brown planned and produced a mechanical, fluid, and/or electrical device to accomplish a desired action/reaction to place first in Disorderly Development.
"This was an opportunity to introduce our students to ISU's technology department. And most importantly, it summarized the activities we do in class and gave the students a chance to actually apply what they've learned to a problem," Bob Osborn, NHS industrial technology, said.
Brian Oliver, NHS industrial technology, was at the competition too.
"This is a great program and I'm glad we had the opportunity to go. I'm always pleased with the group of kids we take," Osborn said.
Clay City students also placed first in two events. Megan McHenry, Steve Waite, Ryan Reagin and Kyle Tiefel worked as a team to develop a simple program that will manipulate a robot to solve a problem and received first place honors in Robotics. Megan Wiley, Matt Farmer, Joel Campbell and David Schroer planned and produced from beginning sketches to computer layout a potential design for a CD case to place first in Graphic Communication.
"We knew the topics but we didn't know what we'd have to do for competition in each topic. We took 20 students and they all got something. They placed in the top three in at least one event somewhere during the day," Keith Jones, CCHS industrial technology, said.
Ben Thomas, CCHS industrial technology, also went for the competition.
"This is the first time we've participated in Tech T.R.E.K. One of the things we're doing as part of Public Law 221 is to try to increase problem-solving skills. This was a good opportunity for our students," Jones said.
Both schools placed in other events as well. Northview students received second places in Construction Problems, Rescue Mission and Team Trials. Clay City students received second place in Disorderly Development and third places in Technical Communication and Air Transportation.
Other events included Product Development, Web Wise, Duct Tape Fanatic, Package Design and Development and Technology Bowl. Technology Bowl is a competition that tests student knowledge using technology about manufacturing, construction, transportation and communications.