The Bridges to STEM Careers (BSC) program, with funding from the National Science Foundation, hosted its annual STEM Challenge on April 11th, 2015 in the Student Services Building at UHCL. 18 teams made up of 62 members participated in the competition at two levels. Winners and participants won prizes including scholarships, internships, robotics kits and various other gifts.
STEM Challenge 2015 was sponsored by Credexo Inc., Esyntaxis and AtLink. Breakfast was generously donated by Panera Bread. Additional support was provided by various other companies and restaurants in the community. Community college, High school and UHCL faculty members participated actively and served as judges, mentors and in various other capacities. Industrial representatives from Credexco, AtLink and SAIC also served as judges.
The challenge was open to all high school and undergraduate students. Over 8 different high schools and 6 different community colleges and universities were represented in the challenge. The challenge consisted of two levels of competition, with each team rotating through three stations: Game of Clues to challenge their math knowledge, Creative Inventors to showcase their imaginative skills and Robot Adventure to test their problem solving and programming skills. The event was limited to 18 teams, with a maximum of 4 members per team. 12 beginner teams and 6 advanced teams participated in the event.
During the challenge, each team spent 50 minutes at one of the three stations, trying to complete tasks that were progressivly more challenging, before rotating to the second and third station. Each task was assigned a point value, and each task had to be completed and demonstrated before receiving instructions for the next task.
In the Beginner category, Team Dignitas comprising of students Sarah Cao, Justin Hill, Jack Baumann and Michael Peterson from UHCL and Clear Lake HS placed first, and each contestant went home with a $400 scholarships to UHCL along with an opportunity to interview for 1 of 4 summer internships at AtLink. Team Robonauts comprising of 4 high school students from Clear Lake, Clear Brook, Clear Creek and Clear Horizons were a close second, and each received a $250 scholarships to UHCL along with a complete Arduino turtlebot robotics kit.
In the Advanced category, Team Ohm My Gauss, comprising of students Andrew Hahn, James Harrington, Josh Schults and Kevin McEachern placed first, and each member received a $500 scholarship to UHCL, along with an opportunity to interview for 1 of 4 summer internships at AtLink. Team Overflow comprising of students Miguel Rosales, Thomas Garza, Daniel Velazco and Gregory Hemenway placed second, and each received $350 scholarships to UHCL, along with Logitech Bluetooth Keyboards.
Three teams were awarded Station Master Status, and these teams went home with either Bluetooth speakers, Amazon Fire TV sticks or Motorola Portable Battery Chargers. The first and second place winners of both categories were not eligible for this prize.
I would like thank everyone who made it possible for the STEM challenge to happen. I had such a great time, and challenges were awesome!
The highlight of my weekend! I had a blast with the fun but challenging challenges. :)
It's OHM my Gauss. Not oh my gauss. It wouldn't be as funny with just one notable German electromagnetic mathematician.. Gotta have two in there.
Anyway. Had fun. Very cool event. Hope to see it continue into future years.
Fixed, James! Can't let a good pun go to waste!
Where's my best smile award? Just kidding. Great event! I am typing with my keyboard.
Come join us at UHCL on April 11, 2015 for an opportunity for you and your team to showcase your Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics skills.
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The STEM Challenge is open to all High-School Students, Community College Students, and Undergraduate University Students. You do not need to have a background in any STEM field, or any previous programming or robotics experience in order to participate!
Each team will rotate through all three stations, where they will undertake a series of challenges. After every team has rotated through each station, overall prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams in both the Beginner and Advanced categories. There will also be a winning team for each individual station! (1st and 2nd place overall winners will not be eligible for station prizes.)
The top team from each division will win an opportunity to interview for an internship with AtLink Communications.
The 1st and 2nd place teams from each division will win Scholarships to UHCL!
...and many more!
The STEM Challenge is a fun way for students to showcase their STEM skills! The Challenge is organized as a team-based competition with two levels: Beginner and Advanced. Each team will rotate through a series of challenges and have a chance to demonstrate skills such as: problem solving, critical thinking, creative engineering, and more.
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The STEM Challenge is open to all High-School Students, Community College Students, and Undergraduate University Students. All we ask is that you register for the STEM Challenge if you plan on participating. Also, each team must have a Faculty Sponsor from their School or University.
This year's STEM Challenge will comprise three areas:
More Information on the Challenges themselves will be announced soon!
This year's STEM Challenge will have two levels: Beginner and Advanced. Beginner teams will be limited to College Sophomore-level and under, and the Advanced division will be for those teams at the College Junior- or Senior-level.
Teams will be limited to 4 team members.
Nope! Everything your team needs will be provided on the day of the Challenge.
Absolutely! Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of previous experience!
It is not necessary for participants to have expertise in any particular STEM field. While the challenges are taken from and inspired by STEM subjects, they are designed in a way that will allow anyone to participate, and succeed!
Prizes will be awarded in two ways:
First, there will be overall prizes for the 1st and 2nd place teams in both the Beginner and Advanced levels.
Additional prizes will be awarded to the Teams that perform the highest in each individual challenge area.
(1st and 2nd place teams will not be eligible for the individual station prizes.)