University of Wisconsin-Stout

Nov. 14, 2011

A team of University of Wisconsin-Stout students took a first place last week in a technology competition in Kansas and qualified for the national tournament.

The university’s Technology Education Collegiate Association group won the problem-solving division at the 69th annual Four State Regional Technology Conference at Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kan.

Team members are Justin Hanger, Dickeyville; Jeffrey Martin, Prairie du Chien; and Eric Sabel, Kewaskum.

The first place qualifies them for the International Technology and Engineering and Educators Association national tournament March 15-17 in Long Beach, Calif.

The team also took a second place in robotics and third places in transportation and Quiz Bowl. The two-day event began Thursday, Nov. 10.

“They did a great job representing UW-Stout,” said Sylvia Tiala, TECA adviser and an assistant professor in the School of Education. UW-Stout offers a bachelor’s degree in technology education.

Five other colleges competed: Pittsburg State, Fort Hays State, University of Wyoming-Casper, Wayne State-Nebraska and University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

The conference, one of the oldest of its kind in the nation, included workshops and technology demonstrations. This year’s theme was Advancing Technology Through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Innovation and Imagination.