Team brings home five national awards in technology education

  Friday, April 27, 2018 2:00 PM
  Science and Technology, News

Pittsburg, KS

Technology & Engineering Education winners

For Carter Stolberg, a junior in PSU's Technology & Engineering Education program, competing nationally this month against other universities was important for two reasons: his team came home with the most top three finishes of any school in attendance, and it helped him solidify his decision to become a STEM teacher when he graduates next year. 

Stolberg was one of 13 students in the PSU chapter of the Technology & Engineering Education Collegiate Association to compete in the International Technology & Engineering Educator's Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  

The team earned five national awardssecond place wins in Live Manufacturing and Educational Display, and third place wins in Communications, Transportation, and Teaching Lesson. 

The team had been working on their competition entries since February. 

"One of our entries, for example, was a lamp we designed and built that could be manufactured by a company," said Joseph Polhlopek, a senior who will graduate in December. "We had to provide product drawings, choose materials, buy them, cut them to size, and be able to assemble it on-site, and do a break-even analysis on cost." 

It's especially relevant, he said, because it's the type of project he will have his own students do in a technology classroom one day.  

"Once you learn something and feel confident in teaching it and are well-versed enough to compete with it, it definitely increases your desire to go into the field of education and do this with your own students," he said. The program here at Pitt has prepared us really well." 

While at the conference, the soon-to-be teachers had the opportunity to see state-of-the-art technology they might be using in their future classrooms. 

"They are great representatives for PSU, the College of Technology, and the Technology & Engineering Education program," said assistant professor Byron McKay, who helped prepare them for competition and accompanied them on the trip. "I'm looking forward to seeing how they impact public education with their STEM knowledge and experience when they get into their own classrooms." 

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