Rhodes State College hosted it's annual Information Technology/ Engineering Technology Challenge today, Friday March 24th and as usual Tri Star students did very well in the competitive events. Tri Star junior and senior REC Tech and Engineering Technology students (more pictures at the bottom of this post) competed against approximately 200 area high school and career tech students from Miller City-New Cleveland, Ridgemont, Apollo, Ohio Hi-Point and Vantage.
Congratulations to Tri Star Engineering Technology students Kyle Timmerman (Fort Recovery) and Thomas Schwieterman (Coldwater) who finished in the top 5 out of 45 teams. In the Hill Climb contest, students had to design a vehicle which could scale a 55 degree incline in the fastest time. The vehicles were also judged on their design. Timmerman and Schwieterman designed and built their vehicle with tracks, using engineering software called Inventor and then printing it on a 3D printer. See our Facebook page here to view a video of their winning vehicle in action. Great job students and Engineering Technolgy instructor Mr. Clouse!
Congratulations Tri Star REC Tech senior Troy Bruggeman (Marion Local) who took first, and juniors Caleb Bundy (New Bremen) and A.J. Heitkamp (Fort Recovery) who tied for second place in the Electronics Challenge. The electronics challenge is a two-part challenge beginning with an assessment followed by each participant building a small project by soldering components onto a printed circuit board. Tri Star's REC Tech/Electronics Program has taken first place and either second or third place every year since Rhodes has held the IT/ET Challenge. Great job students and instructor Jerry Kohnen.
Tri Star REC Tech students also competed in the Tallest Tower contest. In this event, teams compete to see who can build the tallest self-supporting tower with the materials provided. Congratulations to the team of juniors Cameron Peck (CE) and Jesse Jenkins (CO) for their third place finish.