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Technology hosts Four States Regional Technology Conference

November 19, 2008 12:00AM

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These are the kinds of things that (teachers) might use with their students to get them excited about technology. "
~ Dr. Bruce Dallman, dean of the College of Technology
ore than half a century, Pittsburg State University has played host to the largest regional technology conference of its kind, showcasing the latest in technology and technology education.

That tradition will continue as students and faculty members from five universities and numerous junior high and high schools visit the Kansas Technology Center for a glimpse at the latest in technology and technology education during the 66th Annual Four States Regional Technology Conference, to be held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20-21.

"For all of the technical areas in the College of Technology, there are presentations by faculty here at Pittsburg State, but also people from several states away - as far away as Washington, D.C." said Dr. Bruce Dallman, Dean of the College of Technology.

Dallman said a large crowd, comprising students, faculty, and technology education teachers, will fill the hallways of the KTC during the course of the two-day conference. Dozens of vendors will also visit the campus to pass out information and freebies.

Conference events include numerous workshops and sessions, but several special events are also planned.

On Thursday, the Grudge Match at Gorilla Ridge will pit CO2-powered, student-built cars against one another in a race to the finish, while the Fixture Factory will let participants assemble a set of "jigs and fixtures" during the Focus Session that they can take home with them. These "jigs and fixtures" have been designed by the GT 352 Manufacturing Processes classes at PSU and will be used by 24 technology education students from Pittsburg Middle School on Thursday to manufacture over 100 units in about two hours.

On Friday, the Tool Time session will showcase a variety of new tools, equipment, and projects that can be used in the technology education classroom and laboratory. Presenters include representatives from Home Depot, Pitsco, Craftsman Tools, Depco, Lowes and Snap-on.

The purpose of many of these events, Dallman said, is to give technology education teachers more ideas to bring back to the classroom.

"A lot of the people who are going to be here are technology education teachers," Dallman said. "These are the kinds of things that they might use with their students to get them excited about technology."

Following is a full schedule of events:

Thursday, Nov. 20

8 a.m. - Registration begins inside the main entrance of the Kansas Technology Center and lasts until noon.

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Exhibits are open.

9-10:20 a.m. - Grudge Match at Gorilla Ridge - This first-time event sponsored by Pitsco presents an opportunity for technology education teachers and TECA students to showcase their design skills and competitive spirit through a head-to-head CO2 powered dragster race. 

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Conference sessions are offered in a variety of areas. 

2:30-4:20 p.m. - Fixture Factory - This session, always a hit with technology education teachers, will let participants assemble a set of jigs and fixtures. 

Friday, November 21, 2008

8 a.m. - Registration

8:30-11:30 a.m. - Conference sessions

10-11:30 a.m. - Tool Time -This session will feature a variety of new tools, equipment, and projects that can be used in the technology education classroom and labs. 

Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Closing luncheon on the PSU main campus

For more information, go to http://www2.pittstate.edu/tech/fsrtc/index.html.

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