High school students put their robots to the test Wednesday.
Teams of students from Dougherty, Terrell, Lee and Calhoun Counties went head to head in a robotics competition at Albany Technical College.
It's part of the Students Achieving Success in Engineering Technology Program. The goal is to get students excited about engineering.
"This particular event is just to show them that engineering technology can be fun. It's not just about math, it's not just about science. But it's about using analytical and critical thinking skills," said Michelle Williams, the SASET program director.
The Albany Technical College Students Achieving Success in Engineering Technology (SASET) Program will hold a Robotics Competition with several area high schools on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, beginning at 10:15am in the Kirkland Conference Center.
With teams signed up from Albany High School, Monroe High School, Westover High School, Dougherty High School, Terrell Co. High School, Lee Co. High School, and Calhoun Co. High School, the competition is designed to allow high school students with an interest in Engineering Technology, particularly robotics, to take VEX robots they have put together and compete against others on tasks assigned to the robots.
The SASET Program is part of a $2.4 million grant Albany Tech received nearly three years ago from the Department of Education to encourage students to pursue careers in the areas of Engineering Technology via the SASET Project.
Participants in the SASET program are not only exposed to using their critical and analytical thinking skills, but are also learning effective ways of communicating with others to successfully complete a project.
The goal of this competition, along with the annual Robotics Enrichment Academy held in May, is to introduce participants to the field of Engineering Technology with the hopes of ultimately being able to enroll them in one of ATC's five affiliated academic programs: Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Telecommunications Engineering Technology, Drafting Technology, and Electronics Technology.
Albany Technical College A public postsecondary institution of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Albany Technical College provides technical education and training support for the evolving workforce needs of Southwest Georgia through traditional and online classroom settings.
Albany Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/COC).