MIAMI COUNTY — If you find your cell phone has run out of battery while at the Troy Strawberry Festival — don’t worry — the Upper Valley Career Center’s cell phone charging kiosk has got you covered like a chocolate covered strawberry.
Jeffrey Wolf, a senior from Bradford, was busy assembling the kiosk’s chargers in Jimmy Weaver’s electronics class recently.
“I just helped with wiring all the chargers. We basically are just putting in the surge protector in and putting the wires through the holes to hold the wires for all the different chargers for the phones,” Wolf said.
Weaver said he was contacted by Troy Strawberry Festival Manager Corie Schweser to build a charging kiosk she had found at a festival trade show. The class also built a kiosk for the Miami County Fairgrounds for its events. Weaver said he has volunteered at both events in a variety of ways over the years.
Weaver shared the retail market price of a charging kiosk can cost up to $4,000. Weaver took Schweser’s photos of the charging kiosk from the trade show and he, along with other instructors, drew up a plan to build one for the festival and the county fair.
The students used the kiosk project as a community service project, building each one for approximately $1,500 a piece.
The project involved the UVCC’s welding class to build the kiosks, the auto body shop class to paint them, the graphic arts class for the logos and labeling and Weaver’s electronic engineering class for the chargers and electrical work.
“I love this collaboration between the welding students, electronics students and the paint department, all working together to make this not only a learning opportunity for them, but a great new feature for the festival,” Schweser said.
The kiosks have approximately 36 chargers to help boost the battery of almost any cell phone or electronic device one may need at the fair or festival grounds.
The 2017 Troy Strawberry Festival kicks off Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m. until 8 p.m and Sunday, June 4 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Troy and at the levee.
For more information, visit www.gostrawberries.com
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