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College of Technology hosts regional conference

November 13, 2012 12:00AM

Zach Sachs, of Sapience Corp., (right) explains the capabilities of the Sapience rapid prototyper to Joe Dreiling, an industrial technology teacher from Plainville High School, at the Four-State Regional Technology Conference.

Hundreds of students, teachers and industry representatives filled the Kansas Technology Center Nov. 8-9 for the 70th annual Four-State Regional Technology Conference.

John Iley, chairman of the Department of Technology and Workforce Learning, said more than 60 technical presentations were scheduled for the conference, “including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education programs, emerging technologies, state-of-the-art processes, and the latest in products and software.”

The conference kicked off on Thursday morning with “Technology Extravaganza: DEPCO - 30 years of expanding technology,” which included DEPCO’s 30-foot trailer with some of the latest technologies for CTE and STEM based programs.

Technical sessions ran throughout the day on Thursday and in the morning on Friday and concluded with a return of the popular “Tool Time” skits by students, featuring new tools, equipment and projects.

In addition to exhibits and demonstrations, the conference also included the Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) Southwest Regional competition. Over the two days, TEECA students competed in a variety of events ranging from problem solving and communication to manufacturing and robotics.

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