OCtech to Celebrate Second Annual Engineering Field Day

2/14/2012

The second annual Engineering Field Day will be held at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College on Wednesday, February 15, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm in celebration of National Engineers Week. The event is designed to encourage students to get excited about engineering and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines.

Engineering Field Day features hands-on engineering challenges, demonstrations of OCtech’s engineering and technology labs, displays by NASA and area businesses, STEM exhibits and career fair activities. Career services on site will include, resume writing assistance, interviewing tips/techniques, college financial aid and scholarship information, and job placement services.

“It is an exciting opportunity for students to observe the role of engineering in everyday life,” said Wanda Staggers, Dean of Career and Technology Programs at OCtech. “We appreciate the contributions of our participating businesses for exposing our youth to the many career options available.”

Middle and high school teams as well as community groups will participate in three engineering challenges: Trebuchet, Bridge Building and Lego Robotics. In preparation for the Trebuchet Challenge, teams construct a catapult that will be able to launch an orange to hit a target between 50-200 feet away. Pre-engineering or Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teams as well as students who have an interest in other career fields have been invited to compete.

The event will involve more than 600 middle school, high school, and college students from educational institutions across the state: Williston-Elko Middle & High, Wando High, Holly-Hill Roberts Middle, Carver-Edisto Middle, Garrett Academy, OCSD5 Technology Center, Lake Marion High Technology Center, Barnwell High, Dutch Fork High, Calhoun County High, Felton Laboratory, Denmark-Olar High, Allendale High, Infinity School of OCCSD 3, Sandy Run, St. Matthews K-8, Claflin University, Denmark Technical College and Cope Area Career Center.

A highlight of the event is the participation of Tom Yager, a NASA engineer specializing in aircraft landing factors such as runway and tire design. His work has been instrumental in improving ground and air travel.

Demonstrations and exhibits include, electric cars, hydrogen vehicle, a propane powered vehicle, H2 Segway, wind turbine, 3D printing, PLC control simulation, CNC machining center and welding. In addition, attendees can view the mechatronics automated manufacturing lab in action and senior robotics projects from industrial electronic technology students.

Participating organizations with displays include the Wind Turbines of Ohio LLC, Gulbrandson, Santee-Cooper’s Solar Schools Program, USC Robert Noyce Scholarship for STEM Teachers, NASA Speakers Bureau’s Engineer Tom Yager, SC State University Nuclear Engineering Department, SCE&G, SCANA, SC Automotive Dealers Association, Albemarle, Carolina Training, Southern Educational Systems, Nissan (Leaf hybrid), SC Electric Co-ops (Chevy Volt hybrid), FESTO and SC Alliance for Minority Participation. Additional companies are joining the list of exhibitors.

This unique event is for everyone in the community. Displays and many events will be held at the Anne S. Crook Transportation and Logistics Center (Building T). A map with the location of all events, displays and exhibits will be available.

For more information about this educational opportunity, visit www.octech.edu and click on Engineering Field Day 2012 for a schedule of events, registration information, and much more.

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