TNCC Host Site to GAITE’s Fall Exploratory Saturday for Teens

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Seventy-five students in grades 10 and 11 from throughout the Greater Peninsula are invited to Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in November to participate in Fall Exploratory Saturday, a Governor’s Academy for Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GAITE) event designed to introduce high school students to engineering technology. For the second consecutive year, TNCC will be host site to the event which takes place Nov. 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Hampton campus.

This year marks the first time the event will reach high school students as last year’s Fall Exploratory Saturday activities catered to middle school students.


TNCC is the Host Site for First GAITE Exploratory Event

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Thomas Nelson Community College will be the site of the first Governor’s Academy for Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GAITE) exploratory event on Saturday, Nov. 15.  Called, Designing the Future, the event is expected to draw roughly 75 middle school students from six school divisions to the Espada Conference Center in Moore Hall on the College’s Hampton campus.

The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and light refreshments. At 9:00 a.m. participants will engage in fun and interactive activities in topics such as modeling and simulation, smart materials, and Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD). Thomas Nelson faculty members slated to lead the Digital and Rapid Prototyping workshop include Tom Pringle, CADD; Michael Uenking, Mechanical Engineering Technology; and Nina Mun, Engineering.