Congratulations to CGCC engineering students, who placed first in two separate events at this year’s Avnet Tech Games. Nearly 190 students from Arizona community colleges and universities competed head-to-head for top honors in the annual competition, presented by Microsoft on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe.
Students Austin Staheli, Sean Herring, and Zach Hipps, sponsored by adjunct faculty Elie Chmouni, placed first in the “Green Video Competition.” Student teams created a short video promoting the environmental initiatives at their college. This event combined video production skills, environmental awareness, and marketing skills. Fourteen universities from across the nation competed, and CGCC was the only community college to participate.
Kevin Reed, Nick Oliver, and Jarrod Cole, sponsored by engineering faculty Bassam Matar, placed first in the “Design and Build a Digital Device” competition. Students had four hours to design and build a digital electronic device to achieve a specific set of criteria given to the students on the day of the event, as well as write and present a technical report.
This annual multidisciplinary onsite technology competition, composed of nine separate events, requires students to work in teams to test their knowledge, creativity, decision-making, problem-solving and technical skills. Each winning student received a $1,000 scholarship.