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Northview, Clay City win in Tech TREK competition

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Students from Clay City Jr./Sr. High School and Northview High School competed at Indiana State University on Tuesday in the Tech TREK program

Tech TREK is a program that promotes creative thinking and problem solving in the technical arena through Teamwork Resources Education and Knowledge (TREK).

Ben Thomas, a math and technology instructor at Clay City, said the 20 students who traveled to ISU were selected by the math, science and technology departments as good problem solvers.

The students were broken up into five teams of four, and completed projects in a set amount of time. Teams were made up of students from ninth to twelfth grades.

Northview brought 28 students and competed in seven events.

"We try to get a variety of students - they were randomly picked, and randomly grouped," Northview technology teacher Jim Latta said.

Latta and Construction teacher Brian Oliver were in charge of the Northview Team.

One of the projects was "Duct Tape Fanatic," where students used duct tape in unusual ways to solve problems.

Students had to complete a written analysis of the problem and go through a design process before beginning construction.

Clay City students competed in Duct Tape Fanatic, Comical Contraption Challenge, Medical Madness, Hands on Experience and Production Pandemonium.

Also, four students were selected to participate in Technology Bowl, a quiz on technology knowledge.

Clay City placed first in Hands on Experience and Product Pandemonium, and second in Comical Contraption, Duct Tape, and Technology Bowl. They did not place in Medical Madness.

Students on the Clay City first place teams were: Garry Payne, Colleen Wiley, Sarah Tobias, Sean Sinders, Dale Stoops, Orry Heffner, Brittany Richard and Courtney Rundel.

"It goes back to teamwork, and as a team utilizing their resources," Thomas said about Clay City's success.

Northview had three teams place in competition.

Northview took first in the Tom and Jerry and Rescue Mission challenges, and placed third in the Communication Mission 007 challenge.

Students on the Northview first place teams were: Will Barnett, Brandon Hathaway, Mark Reed, Chris Taylor, Samuel Dickison, Brett Fulk, Emma Reed and Tyler Webster.

"Clay County did real well (Tuesday), there are a lot of schools who don't place at all," Latta said.

Attending the 12th annual Tech TREK was considered a co-curricular field trip.

"It gets their eyes opened up," Latta said. "Some have never seen a college campus before."

Clay City and Northview went up against 22 other high schools and technical education programs in the friendly competition.

"The kids were all rooting for each other," Thomas said.

"We were hoping to see (Clay City) get first," Latta said of the Tech Bowl.

ISU Technology students, including several Clay Community Schools graduates who are working to become technology teachers, put on the program.

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