TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Middle and high school students gathered at Indiana State University for the Technology Student Association State Conference.
Some high school students say they want to pursue a technology related field when they graduate but do not know how. They say the Technology Student Association State Conference at Indiana State can help them accomplish their goals.
"I do not have time in my schedule for technology classes at school so this is another way for me to use technology because I want to be an engineer when I grow up and so it is nice to come in and work on different events that I will be working on when I get older" Kylie Wagaman says.
Organizers with the association agree. That's why most of their events at the conference are hands-on.
"I think there is a big gap between the actual field of engineering and technology and what students actually learn in the classroom" Daniel Inilov with the Technology Student Association says.
Organizers say the event is designed to make middle and high school students start thinking about technology-based careers early.
"The way we do that is we acomplish that through project based learning so we have academic competitions where students make anything from model houses to model dragsters or computer animation and prepare them for careers in those respective fields" Inilov says.
Many students like Wagaman say they are happy for events like these to fuel her passion for technology and engineering.
"So many different things in technology that you wouldn't even think are part of technology and that builds a lot of characteristics and relationships with people that you wouldn't even imagine" she says.
This was the second annual technology student association conference. Winners in the competitions held friday can move on to national level contests.