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Let's Build A College Level Technology Club

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.685.1 - 6.685.8

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Michael Vislocky

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Cecil Beeson

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Session 2586

Let’s Build a College Level Technology Club

Cecil E. Beeson, Dr. Michael Vislocky

University of Cincinnati Clermont

I. Introduction

This paper covers the history of and planning for the formation a Technology Club at the University of Cincinnati Clermont. The idea for such a project was hatched during discussions about existing high technology programs at the college. A club to eventually serve technological inquiry and experimentation across the various curricula was a natural extension of offerings at the college. This project, currently in an early stage of evolution, promises to be a very exciting and challenging undertaking.

UC Clermont was founded in 1972 as an open-access two-year branch campus of the University of Cincinnati. Its service area includes the counties to the immediate east of Cincinnati. The College resides in one those counties, Clermont County. This county has experienced the largest rate of growth in terms of population and industrial development of any county in the state of Ohio. Some of the industries represented in the county such as Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, Ford motor Company and Cincinnati Milacron are on the cutting edge of technology. At its inception UC Clermont offered two-year transfer programs such as liberal arts and business. Technology courses were added later.

Clermont currently offers courses in electrical engineering technology, computer systems support, physics, chemistry, biology and computer information systems. Associate degrees and/or certificates are available in several of these areas. While a technology club would obviously serve these disciplines well, technology really knows no boundaries and can be useful to students in business and humanities too. The club should have something for anybody who has an interest in being involved.

II. An Idea is Born

In traditional technical courses students frequently express interest in topics outside the existing program. For example a couple of students inquired about the possibility of using a PC parallel port to access a data acquisition system. Students from the electrical engineering technology program wanted to use a PC to test some complex electronic circuitry on a breadboard. Computer information

Vislocky, M., & Beeson, C. (2001, June), Let's Build A College Level Technology Club Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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