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Vex Summer Camp June 17-21

A Vex IQ/RAMTEC Summer Camp will be held JUne 17-21, 9am-Noon in Elgin Local Schools Cafetorium for incoming grades 4-8.

Campers will be placed on a team. They will have the opportunity to plan, design and redesign a robot. Cost is $40.

They will also:

• Discover the new 2019 Vex IQ GAME
• Review strategy for the new game
• Hone driving skills on an obstacle course
• Compete in a scrimmage at the end of camp

Teams will be based on: Elementary or Middle School and Beginner or Experienced.

Partipants will receive a T-shirt and have the opportunity to have breakfast and lunch.

For more information, contact Kathy Swonger. gro.s1566075264loohc1566075264snigl1566075264e@k_r1566075264egnaw1566075264s1566075264 or 740-223-4300 x5085

Vex IQ Summer Camp 2019



RAMTEC Coordinator Ritch Ramey honored by Lt. Gov. Husted at NRC

A very special year at the National Robotics Challenge this year. Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC Engineering Instructor Ritch Ramey received the Hannemen Award at the ceremony the closing awards ceremony. He was very surprised by the award and the recognition from Governor Mike Dewine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted. Lt. Gov. Husted spoke at the awards event.


Ritch Ramey is one of the founding members of the NRC Committee.  Ritch, Ed Goodwin, and Tad Douce started making plans to host the NRC in Marion, Ohio on the return trip from the SME Robotics Challenge in Rochester, NY.  Ritch has been a visionary from the very beginning of this endeavor.  Whenever things seemed impossible, Ritch has found ways to get judges, community members, and even corporations like Honda involved in the event.  Ritch’s experience with the NRC and his prowess as a pre-engineering educator, helped launch the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) on the Tri-Rivers Career Center Campus.  ​RAMTEC is the first training facility of its kind in the State of Ohio,  ​partnering directly with business and industry to provide industrial robotics and advanced manufacturing skills and industrial certifications to high school and adult students.  We are looking forward to his continued involvement in the NRC and robotics education.

More than 1300 participants from 9 states and 2 countries competed last weekend at the National Robotics Challenge at our Marion Fairgrounds Veteran Memorial coliseum. Thirty-one students and staff members from the RAMTEC Engineering Technologies program were there. 

The Engineering Technology Winners from this weekend were:

  • Gold Medal Pick n Place Robotics contest is; Kyle Hook, Riley McElroy and Matt Moser
  • Silver Medal Pick n Place Robotics Medal Winners were Kaity Bender, Cheyanne Thomas and Brandon Levering
  • Silver Medal Pick n Place Robotics Medal Winners were Justin Brown, Justin Hix and Evan Backensto
  • Inter activity Challenge Silver medal winner was Nathan Neville
  • The Ant Weight Combat Robot Silver winning team was Austin, Kyle and Kevin Wade.
  • The team Silver Medal Pick n Place Robotics Medal Winners Kaity Bender, Cheyanne Thomas and Brandon Levering won the Honda Innovation Award for best teamwork!

Impact Welding Equipment Developed at Ohio State Debuts at Tri-Rivers Career Center/RAMTEC

New practical explosion welding method invented within The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering permits welding of traditionally non-weldable materials. First system delivered to Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, Ohio.

A novel manufacturing method has proven capable of bonding dissimilar metal pairs, including aluminum to steel and titanium to steel as well as many other alloy pairs. This new welding technology allows for lightweighting by multi-material design and is an alternative to welding by melting, which can produce poor materials properties. Dr. Glenn Daehn, Mars G. Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering with Ohio State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Anupam Vivek, Research Scientist with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, invented the manufacturing process called Vaporizing Foil Actuator Welding (VFAW).

Using this technique, electrical energy stored in a capacitor bank is released through a switched circuit that contains a thin metal conductor. Driven by a high-energy deposition rate, the conductor vaporizes and produces a high-pressure pulse that drives a flyer into a target, whereby an impact weld between dissimilar materials is created.

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) funded the research performed by Daehn and Vivek. ODSA supported the innovation and its potentially significant impact on Ohio’s manufacturers as they face growing international competition and demands for more efficient designs. The potential for VFAW can be explosive in a competitive sense as automobiles and aircraft demand lighter components, which translates into better operational efficiency. Daehn states that “this method offers the ability for vehicle designers to use the most appropriate material in specific locations on the vehicle body and provides strong fastener-free joints between them. In order to bring this to broad use, this is now being developed into simple-to- use prototype systems.”

On April 2, Ohio State delivered the first prototype VFAW system to Tri-Rivers Career Center, whose RAMTEC program trains welding practitioners. This transfer of technology marks the first time this manufacturing technology can be used by entities outside of The Ohio State University. RAMTEC, which is one of the nation’s leading robotics and advanced manufacturing training facilities, is using the system to train current and future manufacturing technicians.

“RAMTEC is looking forward to developing various processes, procedures and experiments with dissimilar materials and machine settings that will test the full range of VFAW welding capabilities. We then plan to translate these tasks into real-world applications for potential industry usage along with automating the process”, explains Mark Edington, Robotics Coordinator at RAMTEC.

Ohio State and RAMTEC are working with Ohio-based machine builder, Coldwater-Lincoln, another partner in the ODSA grant, to deliver affordable and capable equipment based on this emerging technology.

Anupam Vivek and Mark Edington
“We then plan to translate these tasks into real-world applications for potential industry usage along with automating the process.”
Mark Edington, 
Robotics Coordinator, RAMTEC

The development, implementation and subsequent impact of this technology illustrates the benefits of the trifecta approach by joining technology, education and industry in Ohio while sustaining the purpose of the land-grant mission.

Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC hosts In-Demand Careers Expo May 7

Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC is hosting an In-Demand Careers Expo Tuesday, May 7, 10am to 6pm at Tri-Rivers Career Center (TRCC) in Marion, OH. It is part of Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week.

Tri-Rivers is partnering with Ohio Means Jobs—Marion; Marion Technical College and MarionMade™ to bring this event to the area. The event is open to the public. Area schools are encouraged to bring students to the event. 

The event will include a Job Fair in the Auditorium; Tri-Rivers students signing letters of intent for college, military, & employment; Business & Industry displays/demos; lab activities and several colleges will be in the hallways to share information. C.C. Bistro, the school restaurant, and C.C. Beans, the coffee shop, will be open throughout the event. Job seekers will want to bring résumés.

The In-Demand Careers Expo at Tri-Rivers provides an opportunity for students and job seekers to learn more about the rewarding and high-demand careers available locally.

More than 200 jobs in Ohio are considered “in demand,” based on labor market information, job postings on, JobsOhio regional forecasts and employer forecasts. To see a list click link: In-DemandCareers

For more information on the event contact:
Ellen Messenger, Tri-Rivers Director of Communications
Tri-Rivers Career Center— moc.s1566075264revir1566075264irt@r1566075264egnes1566075264seme1566075264 or 740-272-6015

To secure a table at the Job Fair, contact:
Ron Meade, Ohio Means Jobs-Marion
vog.o1566075264iho.s1566075264fj@ed1566075264aem.d1566075264lanor1566075264 or (740) 386-1003

Area School Officials!
To schedule a time to bring your students to the event contact:
Courtney Murphy, Tri-Rivers Admissions & Career Advisor
moc.s1566075264revir1566075264irt@y1566075264hprum1566075264c1566075264 or 740-389-8522


RAMTEC featured in JobsOhio Annual Report