Engineering Technology Showcase Held
Date: April 3, 2015
The Engineering Technology program at Athens Technical College hosted the 2015 Engineering Technology Showcase on Wednesday, March 25. The Engineering Technology Showcase featured an Open House along with a Career and Resource Fair. During the Open House, potential students and community members were invited to tour the Engineering Technology classrooms and labs featuring state-of-the-art equipment. The Career and Resource Fair served as an opportunity to connect with area businesses and organizations involved with engineering and other STEM areas.
Engineering Technology instructors exhibited manufacturing placement robots, 3D projector technology, and student-designed projects. The Emerging Technologies program displayed a 3D printer and several other technology-driven innovations, including a Leap Motion device. Utilizing heat, light, and motion sensors, the Leap Motion device translates the user’s hand movements and turns them into algorithms that can be read and imitated by the computer. Members of the Madison County 4-H Robotics Team also conducted demonstrations throughout the day.
In addition to college students and community members, high school students from Elbert County Comprehensive High School (ECCHS) and Madison County High School (MCHS) attended the Engineering Technology Showcase. The students toured Engineering Technology and Emerging Technologies labs where they observed hands-on demonstrations. ECCHS students also toured the Biotechnology program labs.
Athens Technical College, with the support of a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration, formed the Engineering Technology program in 2013. The program contains pathways in nanotechnology, environmental, electromechanical, manufacturing, and mechanical engineering.
For additional information about the Engineering Technology program, email DiscoverEngineering@athenstech.edu.
Photo caption: Aaron Watwood, Environmental Engineering Technology instructor, explains how the Environmental Discover System (EDS) by Festo works to students from Madison County High School. Athens Technical College is currently the only college or university in the country to have this system.