Friday Features - March 18, 2016

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Friday Features
March 18, 2016

Steel Bridge team earns second place at regional competition

Steel Bridge TeamThe steel bridge team placed second at the American Society of Civil Engineers Regional Student Conference in Mankato, Minnesota last weekend and will be advancing to the national competition at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in May.

Eleven teams competed in the regional conference. Awards are given for the bridge that has the best performance in the following categories: Efficiency, Economy, Stiffness and Display. The overall placement is based on the overall cost of the bridge including all components. The team also won first place in the stiffness category. At nationals, the team, which has been on campus since 1988, will be competing in the same events with students from across the country.

For this competition, the team received sponsorship from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Edge Consulting Engineers Inc., Arc Design Resources Inc., Delta 3 Engineering Inc., J.P. Cullen & Sons Inc. and Steel Mart and Airgas Inc.

Engineering students wins ASCE WI Section Outstanding Senior award

McKenzie BergMcKenzie Berg, senior civil engineering major from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin has been selected as the recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers Wisconsin Section Outstanding Senior Award. The ASCE presents this award annually to a graduating civil engineering senior, or seniors, in recognition of an exceptional, positive impact on their student chapter of ASCE.

Berg will be presented with this award at the ASCE Wisconsin Section Spring Technical Conference on Thursday, March 24 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

UW-Platteville students present at education conference

Nine students from the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville gave presentations to future educators at the Student Development Conference held March 11-12 at UW-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

The purpose of the conference was to educate and inspire future teachers from Wisconsin and Minnesota, especially those from underrepresented populations.

The UW-Platteville students who attended or presented at the conference included Kortnie Christen, Rachel Dankmeyer, Alicia Filloon, Hanna Fleming, Tre Gallegos, Mikayla Hambley, Katie Pape, Zach Sorn, Peter Wilkinson and Tammie Wilson.

Four School of Education faculty members also attended, including Dr. Justine Chien, assistant professor, who led the group; Dr. Rea Kirk, professor; Dr. Peggy Marciniec, associate professor; and Dr. John Nkemnji, professor.

“We felt very honored that all four of our sectional proposals were selected for this conference, and that so many of our students had the opportunity to present in front of an audience of practicing and future educators,” said Kirk. 

Presentations included:

  • “Rotating Tech Demonstration” by Chien, Christen and Gallegos. The team demonstrated useful applications for educators. Audience members used iPads to practice what they were learning.
  • “Make It and Take It Craft Session” by Marciniec, Hambley and Pape. Hambley read a children’s book to the audience and then the three presenters demonstrated craft activities that matched the subject matter and content of the story. Following, they helped each participant create a craft representation of the story. Participants learned how to integrate and contextualize math and science with literature for a thematic unit.
  • “Discover Your Learning Style: A PowerPoint” by Nkemnji, Fleming and Wilson. Participants completed a learning style inventory about how best to use their individual dominant learning styles and learned about the research behind learning styles.
  • “What Would You Say and Do?” by Kirk, Dankmeyer, Filloon and Wilkinson. The four presenters divided the participants into random groups. Each group went to a corner of the room where one presenter asked participants to brainstorm how they would handle difficult scenarios dealing with students, with a scenario for every grade level from kindergarten through 12th grade. The presenters facilitated the discussions and offered suggestions. Each participant left with a handout of tips to handle common classroom issues. 

Two other students presented at the conference, both from UW-Stout. All other presenters, except for the students from UW-Platteville, were professionals in the education field.

Clean Snowmobile Team places at Clean Snowmobile Challenge

The clean snowmobile team, ranked fourth, won awards in three categories at the Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge in Houghton, Michigan last week. The team won in the categories of Best Acceleration, Best Handling and the Trail Trac Award of $500.


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