Conestoga news

April 17, 2009 11:54 AM

Tech@Work: Conestoga Students Showcase Projects

An essential goal for those who seek to prosper in todays world is to merge knowledge, skills and imagination. The proof and value of technical knowledge is how it can be used to develop new products, improve existing products, devise and perfect processes that generate economic growth, and contribute directly to a better life and a more vibrant society.

Conestoga College students from more than a dozen diploma and degree programs will demonstrate and explain their comprehensive senior-level projects at an event called Tech@Work -- a trade show/information fair format -- on Tuesday, April 28 at the Conestoga Recreation Centre, located at the Doon campus in Kitchener.

The time on April 28 is 1-5 p.m., and Tech@Work is open to the public, free of charge. One key purpose of the event is for employers to see what these students can do, and to encourage dialogue between the two groups. Students will be on hand to explain and demonstrate their projects, and to answer questions.

A wide range of Conestoga technical programs will be featured, including fields such as architecture/construction engineering, telecommunications, advanced manufacturing, software engineering, computer programming and analysis, civil engineering, environmental engineering and woodworking. About 120 students will participate, showcasing more than 50 projects.

Examples of projects include: a collision-avoidance automobile radar system, a multi-use business centre plan incorporating green principles, an automated audio-visual bus stop announcement system, a mobility navigation aid for the visually impaired, a Bangla-to-English machine translator dictionary device and adaptable designs for seniors residences.

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

Contact: Robin Carmichael, 519-748-5220, ext. 2310,