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Tech Wars Returns to GCC

March 05, 2014

Tech Wars 2013
Tech Wars 2013
Tech Wars 2013

Batavia, New York – An exciting, hands-on learning opportunity returns to Genesee Community College on Thursday, March 13, 2014 as the College’s Career Pathways Program hosts the 7th annual Tech Wars for students in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties) region. The event brings area middle and high school students to GCC’s Batavia campus where they’ll demonstrate their technology knowledge through innovative, mind-expanding competition. Students arrive on campus at 8:30 am. The competition runs from 9:30-12:30.


Students participate in a variety of challenges, generally in groups of two or more. Some of the competition involves bringing to campus projects they’ve been working on. This year students have been challenged to create a power-producing sculpture that utilizes renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, or hydro-electric. The sculpture is meant to be a functional piece of art, both utilitarian and aesthetically appealing.

Other competition involves working onsite, such as drawing with CAD (Computer Assisted Drafting) software. From a robotic tractor pull to CO2 truck designs and the ever popular sumo robots, Tech Wars offers fun and challenging events.

“Tech Wars gives students a chance to really exercise creative problem solving skills,” said GCC Career Pathways director Debbie Dunlevy. “Working in groups also helps them understand what it takes to collaborate successfully. And these challenges give them insight into what types of jobs they might pursue in the future.”

Last year, 450 students from 16 schools participated in Tech Wars. Those participating this year must register by March 8, 2014. Registration is available online at http://www.techwarsgcc.org/registration.htm. Tech Wars is open only to those in the GLOW region.

Batavia’s Graham Corporation and Liberty Pumps of Bergen return as Gold Level ($500+) sponsors this year along with Northeast Industrial Technologies of Lima. Other sponsors include Ken Barrett Chevrolet Cadillac, Allen-Bailey Tag & Label, Lapp Insulators and OXBO. “The support of these businesses is essential to putting on this event,” said Dunlevy. “We thank them for investing in what could be future employees.”

The Career Pathways Program helps students explore career options and make a smooth transition from high school to college and ultimately to professional careers. Tech Wars is among several dynamic programs giving students the opportunity to learn hands-on, often in business settings and with industry professionals.

For more information, please contact Debbie Dunlevy, Genesee Community College Career Pathways program director at 585-343-0055 ext. 6316 or dkdunlevy@genesee.edu or visit the Tech Wars website at http://www.techwarsgcc.org.

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Editor’s Note:

Photos of Tech Wars 2013 are available here:

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