10 UW-Casper tech students competed in national Engineers Conference

(Casper, Wyo.) - Students majoring in technical education through the University of Wyoming at Casper (UW-Casper) recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the International Technology Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference, and compete in the student council Technology Engineering Educators Collegiate Association national event. At this competition, senior Brianna Anderson captured second place in the “Teaching a Lesson Plan” category. Submitted prior to the competition for screening and selected to advance to nationals, Anderson’s lesson plan focused on renewable wind energy and its effect on the environment, a topic within the technological literacy standards. Only ten students were selected to compete at the national event, where they presented their lessons to a team of judges. “Receiving second place in this event at the national level is a great honor,” said Rod Thompson, associate lecturer of technical education at UW-Casper. In addition to their conference activities, students met with Senator Mike Enzi to discuss career and technical education and their role as future teachers. “The conversation [with Senator Enzi] went well,” said Erron Hopkins, senior in the technical education program through UW-Casper. “He is trying to help us out in as many ways as he can, like helping to pass federal grants to help technical education across the state. This well help me as a future teacher by knowing there is money out there for programs to get materials, equipment, and consumables.” Students who represented UW-Casper in the nation’s capital were Brianna Anderson, Cameron Leaf, Dylan Yentes, Erron Hopkins, and James Fulkerson. A portion of the funding for this experience was contributed by Rocky Mountain Power through the Rocky Mountain Power Education Enhancement Grant for UW-Casper students, a Delivering University of Wyoming programs in Casper since 1976 scholarship that funds educational experiences outside the classroom such as international programs or conference registration and travel. “I think the best thing about the conference was being together with my cohort,” said Leaf. “We are a pretty fun group when we all get together.” Feature Photo: UW-Casper Students at the Technology Engineering Educators Collegiate Association’s national competition, students represented UW-Casper at the Technology Challenge, a Jeopardy-style quiz bowl. #oilcity #news #caspercollege