Former Kitwe Boys and Evelyn Hone Student and Chifubu High School Teacher Dr. Gilbert Kalonde who teaches technology education and research at Montana State University in the US and his students won awards at national collegiate technology and engineering competitions.
Members of a Montana State University student club lead by Dr. Gilbert Kalonde recently earned recognition at a national event.
Technology Education Club members received awards in several categories in the Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association’s annual competition, which was held in late March at the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The students earned second place in both the technology challenge competition and the problem solving competition and placed third in the robotics competition.
The group was accompanied by Gilbert Kalonde, assistant professor in the Department of Education and Technology Education Club adviser.
Kalonde said he was proud of the students for their efforts.
“The students were very dedicated to what they were doing and worked very hard on their projects,” he said. “They represented MSU very well on a national level.”
The Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association’s competition is intended to allow students to test their skills and knowledge against other technology education students from around the nation. It is geared toward skills students learn in their degree programs, such as teaching lessons, robotics, transportation, communications, educational research, problem solving, technology challenge and manufacturing.
The Technology Education program at MSU is a multi-disciplinary program of study designed to develop technological literacy through the study of past, present and future technological systems and their impacts on society.