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Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018

Student success at TEECA Regionals

The UNI chapter of the Technology and Engineering Collegiate Association (TEECA) had great success at the regional competition back in November. Fourteen chapter members competed, recording three first place finishes.

“We are very focused on taking that extra step to make sure that the educators and engineers that graduate from the college are well versed within the field and to help the members excel in their future.”

Baily Abbott, chapter president and a technology and engineering education major, was extremely proud of the work that the group put in and how many students participated. In fact, because so many members attended the competition, the team had to split into different groups—UNI Gold and UNI Purple.

At the competition, the team had just 12 hours to complete their final products to be judged against other Midwest teams.  “Within those 12 hours we have to brain storm, Members of the UNI Chapter of TEECA.test prototypes, and solve any problems that we may encounter,” Baily added. “This can be quite stressful but also a very fun challenge.”

The team brought home first place awards for Communications, Transportation (UNI Purple), and Problem Solving (UNI Gold). They also received runner-up for Teach a Lesson and third place for Technology Challenge.

The awards weren’t the only successes that the team experienced that weekend.  

“I would say another successful part of the competition was having the ability to bond together as a club,” said Baily. “This is important because our major is very small and after graduation, most of us will stay in Iowa. So, since we have community bonding now, it allows us to stay better connected in the Technology and Engineering Education field to share ideas.”

When the group isn’t preparing or competing in competitions, they often volunteer within the community at the Blackhawk Waste Removal facility, Cedar Valley Maker Space, and 4-H extracurricular programs.

“The reason why we do volunteering is because it gives us a chance to practice what we have learned and a chance to understand what it is like to be involved within the community since most of the members will be educators one day,” Baily explained.

Baily is confident that the lessons learned through TEECA prepare future engineering and technology students to be successful teachers.

“We are very focused on taking that extra step to make sure that the educators and engineers that graduate from the college are well versed within the field and to help the members excel in their future.”

The UNI chapter of TEECA will be competing at the organization's national conference on April 12-14.

Special thanks to Macey Harms, UNI Office of University Relations, for putting this story together.