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Posted on December 9, 2014

A Cal U student participates in a technology education competition. A group of 15-20 California University of Pennsylvania students, all members of the Technology Education Association of California University (TEAC), are preparing to compete at the world’s largest conference for technology and engineering educators. 

The 77th annual International Technology Education and Engineering Educators Association Conference will be held March 25-28 in Milwaukee, Wis.

TEAC is a professional organization for “tech ed” majors. The Cal U students are coming off a strong showing at November’s Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) Eastern Regional Conference in Virginia Beach, Va., where they took part in 10 contests, facing off against eight East Coast schools.

Cal U returned home from that event with six awards, including first place in the Manufacturing contest, which TEAC has won in 14 of the past 17 years. Cal U also took first place in the Manufacturing poster session.

The second place finishes were in the Mechanical and Instructional Modules contests, while fourth-place showings came in the Technology Challenge and

Problem Solving contests

“We had a great level of competition between the schools, which showed through in their final products for each competition,” said Frank Guyer, a technology education major who is the president of TEECA and serves as a fundraiser/social coordinator for TEAC. “We had a strong showing.”

The ITEEA Conference will feature eight competitions, in Communications, K-5 STEM, Manufacturing, Problem Solving, Robotics, Teaching Lesson, Technology Challenge, and Transportation. 

Students also will participate in a “cookbook” session on creating a lesson bplan, hear from a first-year teacher, and attend “quick tip” sessions on how to use various forms of technology.

“This conference will be a tremendous learning experience for us on many different levels,” Guyer said.

Dr. Laura Hummell and Dr. Mark Nowak, faculty members in the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology, will accompany the students.

Hummell is the 2014-2015 ITEEA Children’s Council president, as well as 2013-2015 president of the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association board of directors. She will be presenting both a pre-conference workshop and a regular conference session in Milwaukee.

“Our students have proven that their positive attitudes, diligence, perseverance, problem solving and teamwork help them to succeed,” she said.