Between March 26 and 28th students from the BYU chapter of the Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) took home first and second prizes in several competitions during the 77th national conference of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.
During the conference, TEECA chapters contend against one another in a variety of competitions, focusing on an assortment of skill sets, ranging from communications, transportation, manufacturing, educational displays, robotics as well as a technology challenge quiz bowl. BYU TEECA teams won first place in the communications category and second place in the quiz bowl, teaching a lesson and transportation categories.
Members of the BYU team attributed their wins in part to their strong multimedia emphasis, in addition to their technical knowledge. Kyle Allen, a BYU senior studying Technology and Engineering Education, attributed their success to their team’s ingenuity in problem solving.
“Our creativity in solving the problems really helped set us apart from other colleges,” said Allen. “We didn’t solely focus on solving the problems, but solving them in the most effective and creative ways.”
Their first place communications win came in the form of a YouTube video promoting the Technology Engineering and Education (TEE) major and the benefits of joining. Their video featured a humorous infomercial style, mimicking the well-known Billy Mays. The video contained information regarding the major and explained the benefits of joining, including 100 percent job placement and study abroad opportunities.
TEECA is an educational organization focused on preparing professionals to teach technology and engineering principles. The purpose of TEECA is to promote leadership, fellowship, scholarship and philosophical foundations for future technology and engineering teachers. The organization provides competitive events and learning opportunities for college students in order to help increase their skills, experiences and knowledge in areas such as problem solving, project management, technical/design interests and much more. The BYU chapter is one of almost 30 affiliates nationwide.
Michelle Whitaker, TEE student