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April 19, 2007 2:46 PM

Tech@Work: Student Technical Project Showcase

The proof and value of technical knowledge and skills in todays world is how these can be used to develop new products, improve existing products, devise and perfect processes that generate economic growth and prosperity, and contribute directly to a better life and a more vibrant society.

Senior-level Conestoga College students from a variety of academic programs will demonstrate and explain their comprehensive projects in a trade show/information fair setting on Thursday, May 3 at the Conestoga Recreation Centre, located at the Doon campus in Kitchener.

The event, from 12 noon-7 p.m. (with the presentation of excellence awards beginning at 6), is titled Tech@Work. It is free of charge and open to the public as well as to business, industrial and educational representatives.

A wide range of Conestoga technical programs will be featured, including fields such as architecture/construction engineering, electronics engineering, telecommunications, automated manufacturing, software engineering, computer programming and analysis, and woodworking. Participating students and student work teams are from diploma-level and degree-level programs.

Here are a few examples:
A robotic arm for use in advanced manufacturing machinery;
Software for translating the American Sign Language alphabet into text characters;
Hand- and computer-designed and machined custom furniture;
An electronic tire-pressure monitoring unit featuring wheel installed transmitters;
Detailed plans and a prospectus for converting an existing technical skills teaching building into an accessible student life/student services facility.

All projects are student-developed and student-produced, and reflect a full integration of skills gained during their years of study and co-op experiences in business and industry. The projects are student-driven in all aspects: concept, research, feasibility studies, consultation with professionals in the field, development, problem identification and resolution, costing and budget development, production and full documentation.

More information about Tech@Work can be found at http://techatwork.conestogac.on.ca.

CONTACT: Henry Reiser, 519-748-5220, ext. 3695, hreiser@conestogac.on.ca

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