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Auto Skills Contest Helps Students Grow
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on May 01, 2013 @ 7:06PM
Created on May 01, 2013 @ 6:10PM
 
Tuesday on 5 News, we asked you if you thought technology was helpful or hurtful for students and Wednesday we went to an event that showed it was helpful. The state finals for the student Auto Skills Contest was Wednesday morning.

Two representatives from ten schools across the state competed by trying to fix 'bugs' in a car. Computers now control over 85% of a vehicle. So in many cases, the first tool a technician reaches for is a computer instead of a screw driver or wrench. This goes to show that understanding how to use technology is extremely important for these students. One of the organizers said these young people are really needed in today's world.
 
"I think everybody in their lifetime as a driver has had a situation where they have broken down on the side of the road or their car wouldn't start in the morning on a winter day and they really don't know what to do. So these are the people they're going to look for their guidance and their professional techniques," said J.J. Miller, Coordinator.
 
The winners will head to Michigan in June to compete in the national finals.

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