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Technology Students Claim International Prize

Contact: Katie Thomas
WARRENSBURG - 04/04/2007 - A student team from UCM's Technology Education Collegiate Association (TECA) placed second in the problem solving competition at the International Technology Education Association's (ITEA) 69th Annual International Conference.

Students Participate in Several Competitions

Nine students traveled to San Antonio, Texas,  March 15-17 to participate in several technology competitions. All students were affiliated with ITEA's state pre-professional student organization, Technology Education Association of Missouri (TEAM).

Aaron Avery, Aaron Dalton, Rochelle Parsons, Nathan Flam, William Little, Blake Atkinson, Ian Hanson, Danny Turley, and Jeff Mullen were among the students who competed at the conference.

Devoted to Enhancement of Technology Education

ITEA is the largest professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators. The association is devoted to enhancing technology education in schools K-12 and in institutions of higher education.

"The International Technology Education Association promotes technological literacy. Most people associate technology with computers. While computers can play an intricate role, technology is the overall process of altering the natural world to improve the human condition," said Ben Yates, UCM assistant professor of career technology education who accompanied the students.

Yates Receives Lockette/Monroe Award

Yates also was honored as recipient of the Lockette/Monroe Humanitarian Award, an honor given to an ITEA member who has promoted humanistic values while serving as a technology education professional.

Nominees are evaluated in terms of developing social awareness, preserving democratic and/or human dignity, and maximizing the potential of individuals in technology education. Yates was nominated by his colleagues and received the award during a luncheon the last day of the ITEA conference.

"Receiving such award took me totally by surprise. I have worked as a technology educator for 33 years, and I was extremely honored to be nominated by a group of my peers," Yates said.

A student team from UCM's Technology Education Collegiate Association (TECA) placed second in the problem solving competition at the International Technology Education Association's (ITEA) 69th Annual International Conference.

Students Participate in Several Competitions

Nine students traveled to San Antonio, Texas,  March 15-17 to participate in several technology competitions. All students were affiliated with ITEA's state pre-professional student organization, Technology Education Association of Missouri (TEAM).

Aaron Avery, Aaron Dalton, Rochelle Parsons, Nathan Flam, William Little, Blake Atkinson, Ian Hanson, Danny Turley, and Jeff Mullen were among the students who competed at the conference.

Devoted to Enhancement of Technology Education

ITEA is the largest professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators. The association is devoted to enhancing technology education in schools K-12 and in institutions of higher education.

"The International Technology Education Association promotes technological literacy. Most people associate technology with computers. While computers can play an intricate role, technology is the overall process of altering the natural world to improve the human condition," said Ben Yates, UCM assistant professor of career technology education who accompanied the students.

Yates Receives Lockette/Monroe Award

Yates also was honored as recipient of the Lockette/Monroe Humanitarian Award, an honor given to an ITEA member who has promoted humanistic values while serving as a technology education professional.

Nominees are evaluated in terms of developing social awareness, preserving democratic and/or human dignity, and maximizing the potential of individuals in technology education. Yates was nominated by his colleagues and received the award during a luncheon the last day of the ITEA conference.

"Receiving such award took me totally by surprise. I have worked as a technology educator for 33 years, and I was extremely honored to be nominated by a group of my peers," Yates said.

Also Participate in Regional Conference

Twelve TECA students also competed in a regional competition at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, placing first and second in the transportation challenge, first place in the problem solving challenge, and first place in the technology challenge.

Twelve TECA students also competed in a regional competition at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, placing first and second in the transportation challenge, first place in the problem solving challenge, and first place in the technology challenge.