Alfred State College will host the third annual Technology Challenge, Friday, March 25, 2011, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.
The competition is technically a two-day event intended to provide an opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to showcase their technology and business skills. The competition includes three aspects: --the design and construction of a solar oven; --the redesign and construction of a robot; and --the production of a business plan for system.
The technology component of the project will consist of solar oven design and construction, robot design and construction, and a baking task. The business component of the project will be a business plan for the device (i.e., company name, mission statement, marketing materials, etc.).
On Feb. 10, the all-female teams, per a Carl D. Perkins grant, and faculty from each school visited the Alfred State College Wellsville campus to receive the design kits, competition regulations, and judging criteria.
On March 25, up to 12 teams and their faculty will reconvene at the Alfred State College campus in Alfred to showcase their creations. The 2011 participating schools include Wildwood BOCES #1; Wildwood BOCES #2; Buffalo City Schools; Rush-Henrietta #1; Rush-Henrietta #2; Prattsburgh Central; Portville Central; Genesee Valley Central; Rochester City Schools; Hinsdale Central; Williamson High School #1; and Williamson #2.
Alfred State College robotics students will help referee the contest while competitors’ business plans will be judged by Alfred State College senior Business Department students. Plaques will be provided for first-, second-, and third-place teams.
Lunch for participants and their advisers will be provided by ACES.
Other support was provided by the ASC Schools of Applied Technology and Management and Engineering Technology and by a gender equity grant under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act Amendments of 1990 administered by the NYS Education Department.