First Annual ‘Let’s Get Technical’ Program Hosted by Department of Industrial And Engineering Technology

Poly Tech BuildingCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 7, 2004 – The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State University hosted their first annual “Let’s Get Technical Day” Nov. 5 on campus.

Designed to provide high school juniors and seniors and their instructors with a chance to experience the industrial and engineering technology disciplines, the day focused on students enrolled in chemistry, physics, upper-level math and career and technology courses.  Students were given the chance to tour the Otto & Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building and selected two 45-minute hands-on sessions in which to participate from 13 options.

The 13 hands-on sessions included everything from manufacturing, plastics, and materials testing to designing your own dream house, programmable logic controller (PLC) sessions and robotics.  Students from several area schools participated, including Jackson High School, Saxony Lutheran High School, Notre Dame Regional High School, and three Career and Technology Centers in Cape Girardeau, Perryville and Sikeston.  The largest number of students came from the Perryville Career and Technology Center, with more than 100 students.

“We wanted to invite high school juniors and seniors who are starting to consider colleges to experience what the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology has to offer,” said Amanda Eller, Southeast academic advisor for the School of Polytechnic Studies. “Through this interactive, hands-on day, students got to have fun while learning at the same time.”

The day began at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and overview and continued through lunch. For more information about this event or the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, call (573) 651-2104.