Students explore Tech Wars and Science Olympiad at JCC

JAMESTOWN – More than 300 middle and high school students from all over Chautauqua County participate in Chautauqua Tech Wars and Science Olympiad events recently at Jamestown Community College.

Dream It Do It Western New York, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Chautauqua County Education Coalition, Jamestown Community College, the Chautauqua County Education Coalition and technology teachers of Chautauqua County presented the event, which combined a number of activities for students and manufacturers.

During the Tech War events, held in JCC’s Physical Education Complex, students participated in a variety of competitive formats with projects they built. The Hamilton Collegiate Center housed a Science Olympiad informational sessions with a variety of local non-profits, while the nearby Carnahan Center hosted local manufacturers for a career exploration event with the support Chautauqua Leadership Network.

Dr. Michael Jabot, Professor of Science Education and the Director of the Institute for Research in Science Teaching at SUNY Fredonia said, “There could not be a more pressing time to encourage students to develop their understanding and quite honestly, their passion, for STEM than there is today. This event does just that! By bringing together schools, higher education and industry, the event allows students and teachers to see many of the connections that we are often not able to share with students in our classrooms. This is a very exciting event and I hope just a beginning to many more partnerships of this kind.”

“Local employers in manufacturing, health care and agribusiness are seeking employees with skills in science, technology, engineering and math,” stated Todd Tranum, President/CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and President/CEO of Dream It Do It Western New York. “Today’s event seeks to engage our county’s youth to consider a career in a STEM-related field. This was a great kickoff of the first countywide Tech Wars and Science Olympiad event here in Chautauqua County.”

For more information regarding Dream It Do It Western New York visit www.didiwny.com or call 483-1833.