Block Kids competition teaches construction concepts More than 40 area children participated in the Block Kids competition at the Kansas Technology Center in January. The event, now in its third year, is sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction. It is designed to teach young children construction concepts. “Block Kids exposes youngsters to construction-related activities,” said Dennis Audo, PSU construction instructor. “Plus, it’s a lot of fun.” For the event, each participant received a kit with 100 Legos blocks, string, aluminum foil, a rock, and other basic items. The children then have a set amount of time to create a structure.
Construction management students earn stunning victory A team of construction management students returned from this year’s International Builders Show with recordsetting honors. Six students in the Department of Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technologies competed Jan. 18 at the IBS’s Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas. The team challenged 38 other four-year schools in a competition that tested their organization and management skills on a construction project in a town they’d never seen. Justin Honey, a professor in the CMCET department and the team’s coach, has guided the students since last October on the project. The team’s task was to analyze the demographics of a real city (competition organizers assigned the city of Corsicana, Texas to the PSU team) and develop a construction plan to fit that community. In the end, the team submitted a 150page business plan, which they presented
Builders Show competitors Derek Morgan, Derek Jackson, Lori VanDyne, Justin Honey (professor), Jon Fargo, Michael Gillis and Andrew Molgren.
and defended at the competition alongside top Division I teams. The team took home Rookie of the Year honors as well as third place overall, becoming the competition’s first rookie to place that high. The Pitt State team was surrounded by teams from Brigham Young University (1st place), the University of Denver (2nd place), Michigan State University (4th place), and Texas A&M (5th place). The PSU team consisted of Lori VanDyne, of Independence, Kan.; Jon Fargo, a senior from Gardner, Kan.; Andrew Molgren, a senior from Newton, Kan.; Derek Jackson, a junior from Council Grove, Kan.; Derek Morgan, a sophomore from McPherson, Kan.; and Michael Gillis, a senior from Drexel, Mo.
company, in February. Used for the past several years in Europe, the unit uses advanced technology to perform a computer analysis of molten metal, reporting exactly what is in the composition. “This machine can tell us how well the metal is forming, the size of the grains that are forming, and whether it’s a good or bad sample overall,” Rosmait said.
Casting program tests out machine new to U.S. Students in the manufacturing/metal casting program have become the first to test out a thermal analysis machine never before used in this country. Students in the casting lab led by Engineering Technology Professor Dr. Russ Rosmait received the Thermaltest 5000 thermal analysis unit from Foseco Metallurgical, a Brussels, Belgium-based
Testing the Thermaltest 5000
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