(Huntsville, TX) – How does a whiffle ball lead to a career in engineering? In Huntsville, Texas, aspiring engineers faced a design challenge created by engineers from ConocoPhillips. Based on real-life situations in which wellbores are blocked by material known as “fish,” the challenge was part of the 34th annual State STEM Competition, sponsored by ConocoPhillips and held at the Forest Glen Camp in Huntsville, Texas. Students used paper clips, clay, and other materials to explore methods for removing wellbore blockages.
The State STEM Competition is an annual event organized by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), a statewide non-profit organization committed to preparing Texas students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). TAME's annual State STEM Competition is the focus of a year of intense preparation for Texas students in TAME clubs around the state. TAME students from grades 6-12 qualified to attend the event at one of 14 Divisional STEM Competitions. View results from the 2019 Divisional STEM Competitions.
This year’s competition brought 296 Texas students to Huntsville to test their skills in math, science, and engineering. After spending the morning taking individual math and science tests, students from different ages and different hometowns came together in teams to practice their collaborative problem solving skills over the Engineering Design Challenge. Switch Energy Alliance offered interactive film-based workshops about the world of energy to students, educators, and volunteers at the event.
“The best part for me is that I get to use my power,” said Gabriella Salinas, a student from BL Garza Middle School in TAME's Valley Chapter who won 2nd place in 8th Grade Science. “I get to be in charge of things, I get to use my smarts. My competitive side comes out, which I really like.”
Hailing from Nocona Middle School in Wichita Falls, 575 miles north of Gabriella’s school, eighth grader Dawn Ballard said “TAME is awesome because you get to meet people from different cities, from north Texas, south Texas, east, west. You learn new stuff—science and math and engineering. You get to try really cool engineering processes, like building oil rigs and rockets.” Dawn won 6th place in the Engineering Design Challenge with a team that included six students from Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, West Texas, Wichita Falls, and the Valley.
The top six students in each test and the top six teams in the Engineering Design Challenge were recognized with awards and medals. In addition, three teams received special awards for creativity, teamwork, and innovation. The Texas Board of Professional Engineers, sponsored the Innovation Award.
Han Nguyen, a sophomore from Kerr High School in TAME’s Gulf Coast (Houston) Chapter, designed the winning artwork for the event shirts and programs with the theme “Powering Civilization.” Laura Thompson, an 11th grader from the Science and Engineering Magnet at Townview Center in TAME's Dallas Chapter won first place in the Hashtag Contest with #CosmicCoder, featured on stickers for giveaways at the event.
TAME's Outstanding Senior Award, sponsored by Shell Oil Company, was presented to Brie Pierce of the Winnsboro Engineering Club in TAME’s East Texas Chapter. Brie plans to attend Northeast Texas Community College and pursue a degree in Neuropsychology.
The STEM Competitions, part of TAME’s multi-pronged STEM engagement strategy, celebrate diversity and achievement in STEM and encourage the development of a peer and mentor network. Thanks to the support of a number of sponsors, gratefully acknowledged below, the events are offered free of charge to all participants.
Full photo albums of all activities and events will be available on the official TAME Facebook the month after the State STEM Competition. Please see TAME's Twitter and Instagram for other images and videos until then.
STEMC 2019 - Chapter & Sunday Sendoff Photos
STATE SCIENCE AWARDS
|6th Grade||7th Grade||8th Grade||9th Grade||10th Grade||11th Grade||12th Grade|
|1st Place||Leo Zheng, 6th Grade, Cedar Valley Middle School, Capital Area Chapter||Peter Reedstorm, 7th Grade, Pershing Middle School, GC TAME Chapter||Brenda Romero-Torres, 8th Grade, WEX Foundation LCATS Program, San Antonio Chapter||Olivia Chen, 9th Grade, Amarillo High School, Amarillo Chapter||Joshua Hidalgo, 10th Grade, Pflugerville High School, Capital Area Chapter||Troy Schouten, 11th Grade, Ascension Academy, Amarillo Chapter||Alex Wan, 12th Grade, Ascension Academy, Amarillo Chapter|
|2nd Place||Hunter White, 6th Grade, Iowa Park Middle School, Wichita Falls Chapter||Elliot Gravis, 7th Grade, Lamar University / GT-TAME Club, GT TAME Chapter||Gabriella Salinas, 8th Grade, BL Garza Middle School, Valley Chapter||Joyce Lai, 9th Grade, WEX Foundation LCATS Program, San Antonio Chapter||Roberto Salinas, 10th Grade, Pflugerville High School, Capital Area Chapter||Apoorva Amudhan, 11th Grade, McNeil High School, Capital Area Chapter||Jenny Zhang, 12th Grade, Westwood High School, Capital Area Chapter|
|3rd Place||Allison Yao, 6th Grade, Canyon Vista Middle School, Capital Area Chapter||Aaron Guerrero, 7th Grade, Haltom Middle School, Fort Worth Chapter||Abby Smith, 8th Grade, Liberty Junior High School, Dallas Chapter||Brandon Barrera, 9th Grade, San Diego High School, Corpus Christi Chapter||Ethan Garcia, 10th Grade, Westwood High School, Capital Area Chapter||Anthony Nguyen, 11th Grade, Haltom High School, Fort Worth Chapter||Hung Dao, 12th Grade, Rider High School, Wichita Falls Chapter|
|4th Place||Memphis Planchon, 6th Grade, School of Science and Technology Alamo, San Antonio Chapter||Allison Wu, 7th Grade, Ascension Academy, Amarillo Chapter||Krishna Grandhe, 8th Grade, Chisholm Trail Middle School, Capital Area Chapter||Bryce Willadson, 9th Grade, Pine Tree High School, East Texas Chapter||Susanna Kim, 10th Grade, McNeil High School, Capital Area Chapter||Janssen Fang, 11th Grade, McNeil High School, Capital Area Chapter||Gregory Boudreau, 12th Grade, Stony Point High School, Capital Area Chapter|
|5th Place||Marshall Wilson , 6th Grade, School of Science and Technology Alamo, San Antonio Chapter||Emaan Chhatriwala, 7th Grade, Cedar Valley Middle School, Capital Area Chapter||Carter Morris, 8th Grade, Crockett Middle School, Amarillo Chapter||Ishita Raghuvanshi , 9th Grade, Girl Scouts Troop 183, San Antonio Chapter||Caleb Simmons, 10th Grade, Science & Engineering Magnet @ Townview Center, Dallas Chapter||Francisco Marquez, 11th Grade, Science & Engineering Magnet @ Townview Center, Dallas Chapter||Tin Ha, 12th Grade, Richland High School, Fort Worth Chapter|
|6th Place||Valeria S. Martinez , 6th Grade, Barrientes Middle School, Valley Chapter||Nathaniel Wright, 7th Grade, Crockett Middle School, Amarillo Chapter||Kalyan Adhikari, 8th Grade, Generation Hope - Tarrant County College, Dallas Chapter||Emily Do, 9th Grade, Amarillo High School, Amarillo Chapter||Sonia Rao, 10th Grade, Girl Scouts Troop 183, San Antonio Chapter||Alberto Medrano, 11th Grade, Alief Early College High School, GC TAME Chapter||Hunter Syas, 12th Grade, Lamar University / GT-TAME Club, GT TAME Chapter|
ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE PERFORMANCE AWARDS
|1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place||4th Place||5th Place||6th Place|
|Team 43||Team 24||Team 6||Team 17||Team 32||Team 2|
|Israel Hernandez, 10th Grade, Vanguard Mozart Secondary, Valley Chapter||Brayden Mills-Garland, 7th Grade, Liberty Junior High School, Dallas Chapter||Abby Schreiber, 8th Grade, Barwise Middle School, Wichita Falls Chapter||Javon Tatum, 10th Grade, Lancaster High School Engineering Robotics Club, Dallas Chapter||Brandon Cortez, 9th Grade, Southwest Legacy High School, San Antonio Chapter||Alexis Nguyen, 10th Grade, Arlington Collegiate High School, Dallas Chapter|
|Laura Thompson, 11th Grade, Science & Engineering Magnet @ Townview Center, Dallas Chapter||Elaine Zhu, 9th Grade, Haltom High School, Fort Worth Chapter||Morris Parham, 8th Grade, Beatrice Mayes Institute Charter School, GC TAME Chapter||Mariella Infante, 7th Grade, Kaffie Middle School, Corpus Christi Chapter||Ellera Ashish, 11th Grade, Wichita Falls High School, Wichita Falls Chapter||David Porras, 6th Grade, Elias Longoria Middle School Science / Recycling Club, Valley Chapter|
|Payton Loosemore, 6th Grade, Kaffie Middle School, Corpus Christi Chapter||Omar Martinez, 8th Grade, Olle Middle School, GC TAME Chapter||Olivia Chen, 9th Grade, Amarillo High School, Amarillo Chapter||Mona Almufti, 10th Grade, Harmony Science Academy Beaumont, GT TAME Chapter||Karla Velazquez, 6th Grade, Abraham Lincoln Middle School, GT TAME Chapter||Dawn Ballard, 8th Grade, Nocona Middle School, Wichita Falls Chapter|
|Rahawa Ghebrelul, 11th Grade, Kerr High School, GC TAME Chapter||Soophia Akram Akram , 11th Grade, Falcon Early College High School, West Texas Chapter||Tin Ha, 12th Grade, Richland High School, Fort Worth Chapter||Roman de Jesus Medina Avila, 8th Grade, Olle Middle School, GC TAME Chapter||Peter Reedstorm, 7th Grade, Pershing Middle School, GC TAME Chapter||Fernando Corrales, 8th Grade, Fort Stockton Middle School, West Texas Chapter|
|Rishi Koneru, 8th Grade, Cedar Valley Middle School, Capital Area Chapter||Susanna Kim, 10th Grade, McNeil High School, Capital Area Chapter||Ty Savage, 10th Grade, Fort Stockton High School, West Texas Chapter||Ye-Un Go, 9th Grade, McNeil High School, Capital Area Chapter||Pranav Yalamanchili, 11th Grade, Amarillo High School, Amarillo Chapter||Roberto Orozco, 10th Grade, Southwest Legacy High School, San Antonio Chapter|
|Sunny Shen, 7th Grade, WEX Foundation LCATS Program, San Antonio Chapter||Travionna Bailey, 6th Grade, Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies, GT TAME Chapter||Valeria S. Martinez , 6th Grade, Barrientes Middle School, Valley Chapter||Zachary Edwards, 7th Grade, Irons Middle School, Lubbock Chapter||Johnny Tieu|
|Yasmin Torres, 10th Grade, Haltom High School, Fort Worth Chapter|
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ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE SPECIAL AWARDS
|Champion Crew Award for Teamwork||SiliconLabs Amazing Anglers Award for Optimism||TBPE Innovation Award for Creativity|
|Team 47||Team 31||Team 41|
|Amy Nguyen, 6th Grade, Cedar Valley Middle School, Capital Area Chapter||Alexia Carranza , 6th Grade, W. S. Holland Middle School, GC TAME Chapter||Abby Smith, 8th Grade, Liberty Junior High School, Dallas Chapter|
|Brinlee Dorsey , 10th Grade, Arlington Collegiate High School, Dallas Chapter||Ananya Bharadwaj, 10th Grade, Amarillo High School, Amarillo Chapter||Adrian Garcia, 9th Grade, IDEA North Mission, Valley Chapter|
|Francis Creer, 9th Grade, Presidio High School TAME Club, West Texas Chapter||April Chavez, 8th Grade, Bonham Middle School, Amarillo Chapter||Dean Planchon, 7th Grade, School of Science and Technology Alamo, San Antonio Chapter|
|Kathryn De La Cruz, 7th Grade, Brewster School, Valley Chapter||David Hernandez, 7th Grade, Lamar University / GT-TAME Club, GT TAME Chapter||Garrett Guerrero, 11th Grade, Concho Valley TAME Club, San Angelo Chapter|
|Nicole Oleto, 11th Grade, Challenge Early College High School, GC TAME Chapter||Nicholas Moore, 11th Grade, School of Science and Technology San Antonio, San Antonio Chapter||Haiden Hailey, 6th Grade, Pine Tree Middle School, East Texas Chapter|
|Zander Cortez, 11th Grade, Amarillo TAME, Amarillo Chapter||Salvador Longoria, 11th Grade, San Diego High School, Corpus Christi Chapter||Lizbeth Martinez, 10th Grade, Haltom High School, Fort Worth Chapter|
|Sam Kirkland, 10th Grade, New Home ISD, Lubbock Chapter|
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|Chapter||Press Releases for State Winners Organized by Chapter||Local Chapter Contact Info|
|Amarillo||Amarillo Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|Capital Area / Austin||Capital Area Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|Corpus Christi||Corpus Christi Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|Dallas||Dallas Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|East Texas||East Texas Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|Fort Worth||Fort Worth Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|GC / Houston||Gulf Coast Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|GT / Beaumont||Golden Triangle Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|Lubbock||Lubbock Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|San Angelo||San Angelo Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|San Antonio||San Antonio Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|Valley||Valley Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|West Texas||West Texas Press Release||Chapter contacts|
|Wichita Falls||Wichita Falls Press Release||Chapter contacts|
Corporate & Foundation Sponsors:
3M, American Society of Civil Engineers Texas Chapter, Arconic Foundation, Boeing, Chevron, Chevron Phillips, Easley Enterprises of Texas, Inc., Emerson Process Management, Halliburton, Komatsu Mining Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Marathon Oil, Mary & Steve De Leon, National Instruments, San Antonio Area Foundation, Silicon Labs, Shell Oil Company, Switch Energy Alliance, Texas Board of Professional Engineers, Texas Instruments, Whataburger
Angelo State University, Lamar University, LeTourneau University, Midwestern State University, Odessa College, St. Philip's College, Tarrant County College, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
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