During the Fall 2016 semester, the Fairpoint High School Production Drawing Class, led by Alex Elkins, conducted interest survey's of students at Northside Dudley School. The class then designed two toys according to their research and a manufacturing process to make each toy. They used the technical drawing skills using SolidWorks that they learned in class to communicate their ideas and design the final product. The high school class then visited Northside to work with Travis Wood, lead teacher, to help 3rd Graders fabricate the toys with the process created in class. Watch this exciting video to see the students in action!
In November 2015, the Buffalo State Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) Team competed in the Eastern U.S. Regional conference, held in Virginia Beach. This year’s team included seven students – Mathew Gibbon, Eric Fiorello, Mathew Pyle, Mathew Vankoughnett, Rebecca Wasmer, Jason Glaser, and Robert Stuewe. The Team competed in three different challenges (Robotics, Tech Bowl, and Technological Problem Solving), placing first in the Technological Problem Solving Challenge. In 2013 the Buffalo State Team placed third in a Technology Display Challenge and this year was the first time ever that the Team placed first in any event.
The Buffalo State Technology Education Program has maintained an official chapter of TEECA, developed and advised by Clark Greene, since 2002. Every other year, the Buffalo State Team attends the Eastern Regional competition, which consists of competitive challenges across numerous categories between collegiate level technology education programs from across the eastern third of the United States. Students use their own resources to cover transportation, registration, and housing costs.
William (Bill) Rakonczay, a graduate student in the Career and Technical Education Department and area metals teacher, won the national 2012 Clips & Clamps Industries Institution Award for his Precision Machine Technology Program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center.
Rakonczay was named Orleans/Niagara BOCES Teacher of the Year for 2008-2009. He began teaching the Precision Machine Technology Program shortly after his father, who had taught the program for 24 years, retired. He has a degree from RIT in Industrial Management.
The Educational Institution Award is one of eight Awards of Excellence in Metalforming presented annually by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). Rakonczay was recognized at an awards ceremony at the annual FABTECH event in Las Vegas in November 2012.
Rakonczay's success was featured on WGRZ.
Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
James Mayrose, dean of the School of the Professions, and Wendy Paterson, dean of the School of Education, are pleased to announce the merger of the career and technical education program and the technology education program. Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous career and technical education (CTE) programs prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers, a mission shared with technology education. Technology education is an integral program of study within the New York State mathematics, science, and technology learning standards and is often found under the umbrella of CTE programs. Technology education students learn to use concepts of science and mathematics in a hands-on, systems-based approach to problem solving. These concepts guide students in the understanding, design, and development of systems, devices, and products to serve human needs and wants. Merging these programs at Buffalo State will enable our faculty to provide more relevant career information to their respective students.
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