Six high school seniors from the Lakeland Community College Tech Prep Computer, Networking and Electronics Technology (CNET) senior class won first place in the advanced category of the annual North East Ohio Robotics Competition (NEORC). This is the fifth year of the annual competition and the fourth year that the CNET program has participated.
Forty four teams and over 250 students from eleven counties participated from high schools around northeast Ohio in two classes, novice and advanced. The criteria for the competition consisted of five areas for scoring. Each team was required to design a programmable robot to complete two different assigned tasks, submit a technical journal, give a five minute presentation to three judges, and finally complete the two different tasks which consisted of moving small blocks from one area to another in a given time.
The team members began their work on the robot in early February. The following diverse group of students volunteered to compete in this year's competition: Visar Berki, Eastlake North High School; Julie Bradley, Mentor High School; Ryan Durda, Mentor High School; Rich Gersten, Willoughby South High School; Josh Jones, Mentor High School and Jernelle Smith from Euclid High School. This is the second year that these students have participated.
Visar Berki was the student responsible for producing the technical journal and the team was awarded a first place trophy for the second year in this area of the competition. The other students worked on various other aspects of the competition from design and fabrication to testing; and development of a Powerpoint presentation which documented the process.
Mike Prochaska's junior class from the tech prep CADET program also competed within the novice category and won an overall second place trophy in their division.
The Lakeland Community College Tech Prep Consortium educates students for participation in technology-related careers through a competency-based program of combined secondary and higher education experiences. Tech Prep is a four-year sequence of study beginning in the 11th grade and continuing through a two year associate degree program. Through cooperation and agreements with four year universities, students also have the option of continuing their education toward a bachelor's degree.
Tech Prep blends college prep and technical education into an exciting program with two primary goals - to help students prepare for high-tech careers and to help employers obtain better prepared workers.
Tech Prep is effective because it consists of three major components:
A strong academic foundation with emphasis on math, science and communications.
A specific set of occupational and technical skills.
A set of employability skills that helps students not only get and keep employment, but to advance in their chosen field.
For more information about Tech Prep at Lakeland, visit www.lakelandcc.edu/TechPrep.