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79th Annual International Technology and Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) in Dallas, Texas, March 16-18, 2017

The Fort Hays State University (FHSU) Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) represented the Department of Applied Technology at the 79th annual International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference in Dallas, TX. March 16-18, 2017.  The TEECA organization comprised of 20 students and 4 sponsors totaled more active members than any of the other 16 universities attending the conference.  FHSU competed in seven events and placed in the top three in five of those. Below is a list of the universities that were in attendance and competing nationally:

 Appalachian State University

Brigham Young University

California University of Pennsylvania

Fitchburge State University

Fort Hays State University

Illinois State University

Millersville University

Montana State University

North Carolina State University

Ohio Northern University

Pittsburg State University

Purdue University

SUNY Oswego University

The College of New Jersey

University of Northern Iowa

University of Wyoming-Casper

 

Top three universities, placing in the national competitive events

 1.      Fort Hays State University – five top three finishes

2.      Brigham Young University and Pittsburg State University – four top three finishes

3.      The College of New Jersey and Purdue University – three top three finishes

Dedication, Determination, and Persistence Yields 21st TEECA National Championship

Robotics:

Fort Hays State University TEECA Robotics team won the National VEX Robotics Competition at the ITEEA conference. Lead TEECA Sponsor, Eric Deneault said, “Hard work, dedication, determination, and persistence has paid off for a very deserving group of young men.” After winning the robotics tournament last year and falling just short of a national title, the TEECA robotics team was more determined than ever to bring home a national championship this year. The VEX Robotics Competition required the teams to play on a 12’ x 12’ field set up as illustrated below.  Two alliances – one “red’ and one “blue” – composed of two teams each, compete in each match. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by scoring your stars and cubes in your zones and by hanging robots on your hanging bar.  A bonus is awarded to the alliance that has the most points at the end of the autonomous period.  There are also points scored and totaled in the driver control mode.  At the end of both rounds, the points are totaled and a winner advances on in the tournament.  The FHSU team participated in 29 qualifying rounds ultimately finishing with the number one overall seed in the tournament.  In bracket play, FHSU trounced the competition all the way to the top, needing only two of three scheduled rounds to claim a national championship.  The FHSU team had one of the most elaborate and interactive robots competing in the ITEEA National VEX Robotics Tournament and went on to defeat the defending national champions. This team consisted of Captain - Davin Smith, Engineer, Programmer, and Driver - Devin Thomas, Engineer and Mechanic – Christian Wetter, and Machinist and Document Specialist - Jose Vital, and Sponsors Eric Deneault and Randy Jordan.  A big thanks to our FHSU Student Government Association who has afforded us the opportunity through equipment request funds to help build our robotics program from nothing into a nationally recognized program in just three years.  “This junior team continues advance and promote FHSU in the finest ways.  I look for bigger and better things in the future from this experienced team,” Deneault said.  Their performance at nationals coupled with over a hundred hours of build time has awarded them the opportunity to compete in the Vex Worlds competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

Robotics results:
1.    Fort Hays State University
2.    Ohio Northern University
3.    University of Northern Iowa

 robotic team - dallas

 L-R: Christian Wetter, Jose Vital, Davin Smith, and Devin Thomas

robotic pic dallas

 Problem Solving:

The FHSU TEECA problem solving team placed second in this year’s problem solving competition.  The problem solving challenge required the TEECA students to build a model bicycle and motorcycle parking garage unit.  The model was to go on display for the owner of AT&T stadium in Dallas, Texas, Jerry Jones, as a potential marketing item to encourage individuals to ride to the game instead of drive.  The TEECA team developed the structure of the model using the department laser engraver, 3D printer, vinyl cutter, CNC wood router, and lathes.  The student members of this team consisted of Captain-Tanner Swartz, Engineer and Developer-Brady Hutchison, Draftsman and Technician-Christian Wetter, Technician-Danea Buschkoetter, Document Specialist-Morgan Gerstmann, and Sponsors-Eric Deneault and Randy Jordan.  This team exceeded 50 hours of extra-curricular work on their project earning them a runner up position at nationals. This team definitely earned a spot towards the top with an outstanding showing at this year’s national competition.

    Problem Solving results:
1.    Brigham Young University
2.    Fort Hays State University
3.    University of Northern Iowa and Fitchburge State University

 problem solving

Transportation:

This year’s transportation team did extremely well at the TEECA National Competition.  Their challenge was to fly a Quad Copter (QC) from a docking station with straw prisms, match boxes, short straws, short dowel rods, and ping pong balls to a target zone and drop them.  The greatest challenge was to design and engineer the mechanism for picking up and dropping the wide array of objects.  The transportation team designed a wonderful apparatus that worked flawlessly.  After annihilating the competition in the preliminary round, FHSU was awarded the number one overall seed for the tournament. Their performance landed them a second place finish in the ITEECA National Transportation tournament and competition for the second straight year.  This team was comprised of Captain-Raile Blackburn, Flight Specialist-Joshua Pounds, Engineer-Justin Underwood, Designer-Chase Mundell, and Sponsors-Eric Deneault and Randy Jordan.    

Transportation results:
1.    Pittsburg State University
2.    Fort Hays State University
3.    Montana State University

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Raile Blackburn pictured here during competition.

 Technology Challenge:

The purpose of the TEECA Technology Challenge Contest is to provide a means for TEECA members to demonstrate their knowledge about the core concepts of technology, the profession of technology education, and pedagogical concepts, such as curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This competition usually involves a quiz-bowl format and a single-elimination process.  FHSU was awarded the number one overall seed for bringing the largest number of students to the National Conference and competitive events with 19 student organizational members. In the first round, FHSU received a bye in a fourteen-team bracket. FHSU TEECA students then competed in round two against The College of New Jersey and won in a dominating fashion.  Advancing to the third round against Fitchburg State University where FHSU was again victorious. For the first time in eleven years, FHSU qualified for the championship round. FHSU TEECA students narrowly lost to Brigham Young University in a tiebreaker match by one point earning them a second place finish. This year’s Tech Challenge team consisted of Raile Blackburn, Wade Buck, Morgan Gerstmann and Jack Gerstmann. Congratulations to this year’s Tech Challenge team.

Technology Challenge Results:
1.    Brigham Young University

2.    Fort Hays State University

3.    Fitchburg State University

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L-R: Wade Buck, Raile Blackburn, Morgan Gerstmann, Jack Gerstmann

Live Manufacturing:

This year the Live Manufacturing team represented FHSU very well at the annual TEECA Nationals placing third.  The Live Manufacturing Competition was to design and develop a picture frame and set up for a manufacturing run producing a final product.  Our Live Manufacturing product was arguably the best product in the room.  Although these individuals’ expectations were to win their first national championship, there were many positive learning experiences and outcomes that transpired through their hard work and participation in this event. This team was comprised of six individuals consisting of, Captain and Documentation Specialist Heather Cleveland, Design Engineer-Aaron Elsasser, Wade Buck, and Anthony Walters, Drafting and Design specialist Dustin Braun, Jig specialist and Inspector Jackson Bjornstad, and sponsors Eric Deneault and Randy Jordan.  Many of the manufacturing members have dedicated their entire college career to this event, gaining tremendous respect from their sponsors and peers.  They leave FHSU with high standards and expectations.  This year’s team dedicated over 150 hours of extracurricular activity to their final product.  This truly exemplifies their passion and dedication to their department, college, and future careers.  

Live Manufacturing results:
1.    The College of New Jersey
2.    Pittsburg State University
3.    Fort Hays State University

 live man 1live man students

live man team

L-R: Jackson Bjornstad, Heather Cleveland, Anthony Walters, Aaron Elsasser, Wade Buck & Dustin Braun

 

Mr. Aaron Elsasser was awarded the 2017 Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators/Maley Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award during the International Technology Engineering Education Association conference (ITEEA) in Dallas, TX. Fort Hays State University and the Department of Applied Technology would like to congratulate Mr. Elsasser on this recognition and the outstanding accolades he has compiled throughout his student career at FHSU.  Upon his arrival to FHSU, Aaron Elsasser has supported and promoted the Technology and Engineering Educators Collegiate Association (TEECA) by becoming a student officer holding positions as the reporter, Vice President, and the President of our local organization this fiscal year.  He has participated on the live manufacturing team over the last four years becoming a 4x regional champion, a 3x national runner up, and a 3rd place finisher at nationals.  Aaron has also delivered a national presentation titled, “Live Manufacturing & STEM Applications”.  He has dedicated countless hours to this organization and community service to the greater community of Ellis County.  He truly represents a model student who has gained the respect of his professors, advisors, and peers within the Department of Applied Technology and TEECA.  He is a profound leader in technology studies and Engineering Design Technology.  Congratulations, Mr. Aaron Elsasser!

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L-R: Eric Deneault- TEECA Sponsor, Aaron Elsasser, and Department Chair, Kim Stewart

TEECA in Dallas

L-R - standing: Jack Gerstmann, Morgan Gertsmann, Jackson Bjornstad, Christian Wetter, Chase Mundell, Brady Hutchison, Dustin Braun, Wade Buck, Anthony Walters, Raile Blackburn, Justin Underwood, Josh Pounds, Davin Smith, Jose Vital, Aaron Elsasser, and Tanner Schwartz

L-R kneeling: Randy Jordan-TEECA Sponsor, Danea Buschkoetter, Heather Clevland, Devin Thomas and Eric Deneault, TEECA Sponsor

 

 

Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) at the International STEM Education Association (ISEA) Conference in Branson, MO. Oct. 2016

Representing Fort Hays State University and the Department of Applied Technology at this year’s ISEA Conference was our TEECA. Fort Hays State University’s TEECA was comprised of eighteen students and three sponsors, Eric Deneault, Randy Jordan, and Kim Stewart.  TEECA had a magnificent showing at this year’s regional event placing in eight of the nine competitive events, winning championships in six out of the eight competitive events.  In addition, Department Chair, Kim Stewart accepted the Mike Neden STEM Champion Award at the conference.  http://www.fhsu.edu/news/Stewart-receives-Mike-Neden-STEM-Champion-Award/ Those competing in the Southwest region consist of: Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University, Arkansas State University, and Wayne State College.

group photo - branson 10-16http://www.fhsu.edu/news/Stewart-receives-Mike-Neden-STEM-Champion-Award/

Live Manufacturing:

    This year’s live manufacturing competition required students to design, manufacture, and present a toy camera to the regional judges.  Each team had to draft the part files as well as the jigs and fixtures utilized in their production run.  They were given five hours from start to finish to develop the most efficient assembly line production run with the highest overall part quality.  Representing FHSU on this team was: Aaron Elsasser, Wade Buck, Anthony Walters, Heather Cleveland, Dustin Braun, and Jackson Bjornstad.

Live Manufacturing Results:

  1. Fort Hays State University
  2. Pittsburg State University
  3. Wayne State College

TEECA in Branson

Live Communications:

    This year’s live communications challenge was to develop a 60 second commercial highlighting the value of STEM in education.  Representing FHSU was: Jack Gerstmann, Morgan Gerstmann, Heather Cleveland, and Danea Bushkoeter.  

Live Communications Results:

  1. Fort Hays State University
  2. Pittsburg State University

Transportation:

    This year the transportation challenge was to use drones to drop a payload (ping pong ball) onto a target for points based on accuracy. This challenge requires drone operation skills as well as designing a lightweight attachment that can be used to pick up the payloads. Representing FHSU was: Joshua Pounds, Chase Mundell, Justin Underwood, Landon Fellhoelter.

Transportation Results:

  1. Pittsburg State University
  2. Fort Hays State University
  3. Fort Hays State University

Problem Solving:

    The problem solving challenge was to create a draw bridge that operated remotely using the materials provided on site.  This challenge is a blind challenge until the start of the competition when each team is given a packet of materials including: popsicle sticks, string, pulleys, electric motors, foam board, etc.  Representing FHSU was: Brady Hutchison, Tanner Swartz, Morgan Gerstmann, and Joe Raat.

 

 Problem solving Results:

  1. Fort Hays State Universtiy
  2. Wayne State College
  3. Pittsburg State University

Teaching Lesson:

    The teaching lesson competition is a very important part of TEECA especially for young teachers looking to further their teaching skills and test their methods against their peers. This year the teaching lessons revolved around the topic of Pythagorean Theorem. Fort Hays State University had a wonderful showing with two of the top three positions.
 
Teaching Lesson Results:
Fort Hays State University (Davin Smith)
Wayne State College (Ryan Burns)
Fort Hays State University (Jackson Bjornstad)

Technology Challenge:
   
    The technology challenge is a quiz bowl style event.  Representing FHSU was: Morgan Gerstmann, Joe Raat, Justin Underwood, Joshua Pounds, Davin Smith, Tanner Swartz, and Brady Hutchison.

Technology Challenge Results:

  1. Pittsburg State University
  2. Pittsburg State University
  3. Wayne State College
  4. Fort Hays State University

Photography Challenge – Original:

  1. Pittsburg State University (Lora)
  2. Fort Hays State University (Danea Buschkoeter)
  3. Fort Hays State University (Heather Cleveland)


Photography Challenge – Edited:

  1. Fort Hays State University (Danea Buschkoeter)
  2. Pittsburg State University (Lora)
  3. Fort Hays State University (Heather Cleveland)


Robotics Challenge:

    Robotics is an event FHSU has only recently began to participate in, starting with a team of freshman two years ago it has been a very successful event for Fort Hays. Receiving two regional first place awards and as well as second and third place nationally. The robotics team has been able to grow and purchase new robots and parts due to the contribution that SGA has approved via equipment request. This year’s regional competition was to design, build, and program a robot that could pick bananas from fake low handing trees. It comes as no surprise that FHSU has swept the competition again. FHSU picked 18 bananas in the finals to PSU 3 bananas.  Representing FHSU was: Davin Smith, Devin Thomas, Heather Cleveland, and Morgan Gerstmann.

 

 Robotics Results:

  1. Fort Hays State University
  2. Pittsburg State University
  3. Wayne State College

robotics in branson 10-16

 TEECA plans to attend the the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Conference in Dallas, TX in March of 2017. Go, Tigers!!

 


 New Building Construction Is Underway!

Center for Applied Technology and Sculpture

new building rendering
The Center for Applied Technology and Sculpture will be the new home to all of the Industrial Technology, Technology & Engineering Education, and Sculpture/Art Studio. Designed by Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets Architects the Center for Applied Technology and Sculpture will be located on North College Drive just across the street from Davis Hall and the Memorial Union.  This beautiful building will be two stories on the front of the structure closest to College Drive and story & 1/2 near the rear of the building. It will have the traditional Fort Hays State University “limestone look” covering the facade, an iron & millwork covered entryway, and other classic industrial characteristics to let passersby know just what activities are taking place in FHSU’s newest academic building.
There will be 58,000 square feet that make up the new technology center consisting of computer CAD labs, instructional & graphics labs, STEM labs, woodworking labs, metalworking labs, plastics labs, power & energy labs, robotics labs, construction management labs, sculpture studios, and metal foundry studios.
Students will be able gather and study in the two story glassed-in atrium area and in a small social café nook.  Two seminar classrooms round out the atrium area that can be opened to expose a large space that will be used for symposiums, technology days, and student recruitment.  
The Center for Applied Technology and Sculpture is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.

 

 Check out the construction process on this live feed.

http://fhsu-applied-tech-construction.click2stream.com/

2016 TEECA @ Washington DC

The Fort Hays State University Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) represented the Department of Applied Technology at the 78th annual International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference in Washington, D.C. March 2-4, 2016.  The TEECA organization comprised of 15 students and 4 sponsors totaled more active members than any of the other 14 universities attending the conference.

The FHSU TEECA problem solving team won first place in this year’s problem solving competition.  The problem solving challenge required the TEECA students to build a model museum with electronic controls for the lights and doors as well as an emergency escape plan on site.  The TEECA team developed the structure of the model using the department laser engraver and in collaboration with Dr. Dmitry Gimon from the Department of Informatics, utilized an Arduino write code and program the lights, doors, and led display. Dr. Dmitry Gimon assisted with the coding and programming of the challenge and so graciously accepted and worked many late nights with the problem solving team to help them prepare for this challenge. The student members of this team consisted of Captain and Programmer Brady Hutchison, Draftsman Kori Sanchez, Electrician and Builders Anthony Walters and Wade Buck, and Sponsors Eric Deneault and Randy Jordan.  This team exceeded 30 hours of extra-curricular work, nights and weekends to make this championship a reality.  This team deserves to be commended for their outstanding showing at this year’s national competition.

    Problems Solving results:
1.    Fort Hays State University
2.    Brigham Young University
3.    North Carolina State University

problem solving - first place

Pictured: left to right - Dr. Dmitry Gimon, Anthony Walters, Brady Hutchison, Wade Buck, Kori Sanchez, and Mr. Eric Deneault

Robotics:

 The robotics team this year did a phenomenal job in the national robotics competition, which required them to engineer a robot that would pick up and launch objects into a goal.  The FHSU team had one of the most elaborate and intricate robots competing in the ITEEA Vex National Robotics Tournament and went on to defeat the defending champs in the ITEEA National Vex Robotics Competition.  This team consisted of Captain, Engineer, and Programmer Davin Smith, Engineer Devin Thomas, Driver, and Mechanic Landon Fellhoelter, Machinist and Document Specialist Jose Vital, and Sponsors Eric Deneault and Randy Jordan.  This sophomore team continues advance and promote FHSU in the finest ways.  This team exceeded 85 hours of build time and was awarded, for the second year, the SGA (Student Government Association) equipment request found to purchase robotics equipment, allowing us to be a model university and have an elitist program recognized nationally.  

Robotics results:
1.    Ohio Northern University
2.    SUNY Oswego University
3.    Fort Hays State University

robotics 3rd place

Pictured: left to right: Landon, Jose, and Devin

Live Manufacturing:

This year the Live Manufacturing team represented FHSU very well at the annual TEECA Nationals placing runner-up to the defending national champions.  This year’s race to the finish was extremely close as we only finished 10 points out of first on a 674-point scale.  The Live Manufacturing Competition was to design and develop a Self-Conjugate Cam and set up for a manufacturing run producing a final product.  Our Live Manufacturing product exceeded our work from last year, rising to the top as arguably the best product in the room.  Although this team’s expectations were to win the national championship, there are many positive learning experience and outcomes that transpired through their hard work and participation.  This team was comprised of six individuals consisting of, Captain and Documentation Specialist Michaela Jochem, Design Engineer Aaron Elsasser, Wade Buck, and Anthony Walters, Drafting and Design specialist Blake Fritts, Inspector Heather Cleveland, and sponsors Eric Deneault and Randy Jordan. These individuals dedicated over 150 hours of extracurricular activity to their final product.  This truly exemplifies the passion and dedication that these individuals have to their department, college, and careers.  

Live Manufacturing results:
1.    California University of Pennsylvania
2.    Fort Hays State University
3.    The College of New Jersey

live manufacturing

Transportation:

This year’s transportation team did extremely well at the TEECA National Competition.  Their challenge was to fly a Quad Copter (QC) from a docking station with straw prisms to a target zone and drop them.  The greatest challenge was to design and engineer the mechanism for picking up and dropping the straw prisms.  The transportation team designed a wonderful apparatus that worked flawlessly.  After only placing two straws in the field of play in the first round, this team overcome adversity, and went on the place the most amount of straws in the target zone over the next two rounds.  Their performance landed them a second place finish in the TEECA National Transportation competition.  They went on to compete in a final four round for bragging rights and placed first in the all-around!  This team was comprised of Captain Raile Blackburn, Flight Specialist Joshua Pounds, Engineer Dustin Braun, Designer Kori Sanchez, and Sponsors Eric Deneault and Randy Jordan.    

Transportation results:
1.    Pittsburg State University
2.    Appalachian State University
3.    Fort Hays State University

transportation

Miss Michaela Jochem was awarded the 2016 Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators/Maley Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Fort Hays State University and the Department of Applied Technology congratulates Miss Jochem on this recognition and for the outstanding accolades she has earned throughout her student career at FHSU.  Upon her arrival to FHSU, Miss Jochem has supported and promoted the Technology and Engineering Educators Collegiate Association (TEECA) by becoming a student officer holding positions as the Vice President last year and the President of our local organization this year.  She has participated on the live manufacturing team over the last two years earning two regional championships and two national runner ups within this competition.  Michaela has also delivered a presentation titled, “Live Manufacturing & STEM Applications”.  She has dedicated countless hours to this organization and community service to the greater community of Ellis County.  She is truly a model student who has gained the respect of her professors, advisors, and peers with the Department of Applied Technology and TEECA.  She optimizes what a true leader stands for and believes in.  Congratulations, Miss Michaela Jochem!

Michaela

The Department of Applied Technology students represented FHSU very well… Go Tigers!
Thanks, Eric Deneault (TEECA Sponsor)

 

A BIG WELCOME to our new TIGERS

freshman students F15

2015 TEECA @ Milwaukee, WI

The FHSU/TEECA Team had a great showing at this year’s International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) national conference in Milwaukee, WI. The TEECA students placed in several contests, including two national runners up finishes. Our Institute of Applied Technology students represented FHSU very well… Go Tigers!

Thanks, Eric Deneault (TEECA Sponsor)

Competitions and Results below pictures:
The Fort Hays Chapter of Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association traveled to Milwaukee, WI this spring to participate in the 77th International Technology & Engineering Educators Association’s National Conference and TEECA competitions. Sixteen students from our TEECA organization made the trip representing Fort Hays State University. Other universities that were present at this year’s national competition included: Appalachian State University, Ball State University, Brigham Young University, California University of Pennsylvania, Central Connecticut State University, Fitchburg State University, Fort Hays State University, Illinois State University, Millersville University, Montana State University, North Carolina State University, Ohio Northern University, State University of New York at Oswego, University of Northern Iowa, and University of Wyoming.

Below is a picture of the live manufacturing team’s product. This year the teams had to design a production run and manufacture a reciprocating departmental promotional mechanism. Our team used acrylic, anodized aluminum, and nylon. Parts where designed, Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC cut), anodized, and laser cut here on FHSU campus. The production run was completed “live” in Milwaukee along with other competitors. The FHSU product was a show stopper as you can see by the picture. Our products setting on our light table near the end of completion became the focal point for spectators. Our team had an opportunity to interact with conference attendees and explain their processes and product. It was very rewarding seeing our students command the attention of the room in such a professional way.

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Below is a picture of the robot our robotics team developed for competition.

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Live Manufacturing – 2nd Place
Daniel Honas
Adam Wells
McLaine Whalen
Aaron Esasser
Keaton Tuttle
Michaela Jochem

Live Robotics – 2nd place
Davin Smith
Landon Fellhoelter
Devin Thomas
Bryan Bruckner
Kelsey Kohlmeier

Live Communications – 4th place
Steven Deschneau
Keaton Tuttle
McLaine Whalen
Blake Fritts
Bryant Davis

Educational Display – 5th place
Jessica Schmidt

Technology Challenge – 6th place
Bryant Davis
Daniel Honas
Michaela Jochem
Steven Deschneau

Transportation- 8th place
Raile Blackburn
Blake Fritts
Bryan Bruckner
Kelsey Kohlmeier

Problem Solving-8th place
Davin Smith
Devin Thomas
Jessica Schmidt
Raile Blackburn
Aaron Esasser

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