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Students from last year's annual Ralph Dirksen Technology Exhibit displaying their projects.
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57th Annual Ralph Dirksen WIU Engineering Technology Exhibit

April 6, 2015

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MACOMB, IL - - The 57th annual Ralph Dirksen Technology Education Exhibit will be held Friday, April 24 in Western Hall. The exhibit is the longest running display of high school student projects in Illinois.

The technology exhibit, sponsored by the WIU Engineering Technology Department, will feature technology projects constructed by junior high and high school students in vocational-technical education, STEM (science, engineering, technology and math), PLTW (Project Lead the Way) and engineering-related classes from throughout Illinois.

The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m.-noon April 24. Projects in the following divisions will be displayed: furniture-making, metal-working, architectural drawing, metal-machining and an open division. Additionally, there will be two student competitions, an egg drop and bridge-building and testing.

Tours of the engineering technology department in Knoblauch Hall will be conducted by student organizations upon request.

Project judging will take place Thursday, April 23 by teams of invited teachers and professionals in trades and specialty fields. Ribbons and plaques will be awarded to teachers, students and schools at the 11:45 a.m. Friday awards ceremony in Western Hall. Associate Professor Emeritus Ralph Dirksen will present the awards.

For more information or to register, visit and click on Technology Exhibit, or contact the engineering technology department at (309) 298-1091.

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