On Saturday, April 28th, 2018, Texas students participated in the 33rd annual State STEM Competition for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME). Sponsored by Raytheon, hosted at YMCA Collin County Adventure Camp, the event celebrated achievement in math, science, and engineering.

 

2018 State STEM Competition

(Anna, TX) – What could you do with a bakery box, a laser beam, six lenses and an hour? Students from across Texas were presented with this challenge on Saturday, April 28th, as part of the 33rd annual TAME State STEM Competition, sponsored by Raytheon, hosted at YMCA Collin County Adventure Camp in Anna, Texas. Students used the supplies to focus and diffuse a laser beam during the Engineering Design Challenge segment of the competition. 

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 2018 Divisional STEM Competitions.

This year’s competition brought 299 Texas to Anna to test their skills in math, science, and engineering. After spending the morning taking individual math and science tests, students came together in groups combining schools and grade levels to practice their collaborative problem solving skills over the Engineering Design Challenge.

In his morning address to students, State Senator Van Taylor highlighted the importance of STEM education at both an individual and a community level. An afternoon appearance by Raytheon executive and former astronaut Robert Curbeam had students asking questions about space travel and life on the International Space Station.

Melissa Cortez, an 8th grade student at Smylie Wilson Middle School in TAME’s Lubbock Chapter, emphasized the impact that participation in the event can have on students: “Being part of TAME and the STEM Competition, it’s just riveting. I’m very excited to meet new people, to explore new options, to see what my life could be outside of Lubbock. I am just so happy to be here. I’ve met so many wonderful people. I know that if I can do anything here, I can do anything anywhere else.”

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.

Ivye Arioja Dolino, a senior from Presidio High School in TAME’s West Texas Chapter, designed the winning artwork for the event shirts and programs. Ivye plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin this fall. 

TAME's Outstanding Senior Award, sponsored by Shell Oil Company, was presented to Brisa Diaz, a high school senior from Everman Joe C. Bean High School in TAME’s Dallas Chapter. Brisa plans to attend The University of Texas at Arlington and pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering this fall. 

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.

 




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STATE MATH AWARDS



6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade
1st PlaceSai Chada
McNiel Middle School
Wichita Falls
Kavita Kohli
Canyon Vista Middle School
Capital Area
Bryce Willadson
Pine Tree Junior High
East Texas
Joshua Hidalgo
Pflugerville High School
Capital Area
Robert B. Taylor
Richland High School
Fort Worth
Adithya Sreenivasan
McNeil High School
Capital Area
Vinh Ton
McNeil High School
Capital Area
2nd PlaceNicollette Hillman
North Richland Middle School
Fort Worth
Rishi Koneru
Cedar Valley Middle School
Capital Area
Timothy Grimes
Crockett Middle School
Amarillo
Anthony Shuey
Hirschi High School
Wichita Falls
Priya Mandava
Tarrant County College
Dallas
Jenny Zhang
Westwood High School
Capital Area
Hunter Liu
Amarillo High School
Amarillo
3rd PlaceAnn James
Kirby Middle School
Wichita Falls
Jeff Zheng
Ascension Academy
Amarillo
Matthew Moore
School Of Science & Technology-Alamo
San Antonio
Archita Amudhan
McNeil High School
Capital Area
Apoorva Amudhan
McNeil High School
Capital Area
Dewitt Hunter
Lancaster High School Engineering Robotics Club
Dallas
Hunter Jensen
Hendrickson High School
Capital Area
4th PlaceJoaquin Eduardo
Watauga Middle School
Fort Worth
Alan Shaji
Wex Foundation LCATS
San Antonio
Joshua Velasquez
Generation Hope
Dallas
Dave Park
Harmony Science Academy Euless
Fort Worth
Carlos Medrano
Science & Engineering Magnet - Townview Center
Dallas
Tin Ha
Richland High School
Fort Worth
Holly Wilhelm
Dumas High School
Amarillo
5th PlaceAllison Wu
Ascension Academy
Amarillo
Tan Ha
North Richland Middle School
Fort Worth
Chloe Guerrero
Haltom Middle School
Fort Worth
Anouka Saha
Westwood High School
Capital Area
William Davis
Pine Tree High School
East Texas
Truman Archer
Amarillo High School
Amarillo
Samuel Perales
Hendrickson High School
Capital Area
6th PlaceAndrew Culbertson
Generation Hope
Dallas
Milin Tunsiricharoengul
Wex Foundation LCATS
San Antonio
Pedro Sebastián Becerril Salinas
Idea North Mission College Preparatory
Valley
Caleb Simmons
Science & Engineering Magnet - Townview Center
Dallas
Troy Schouten
Ascension Academy
Amarillo
David Bateman
Ascension Academy
Amarillo
Jose Villicana
School Of Science & Technology-San Antonio
San Antonio


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STATE SCIENCE AWARDS



6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade
1st PlaceEmaan Chhatriwala
Cedar Valley Middle School
Capital Area
Rishi Koneru
Cedar Valley Middle School
Capital Area
Grace Li
Canyon Vista Middle School
Capital Area
Joshua Hidalgo
Pflugerville High School
Capital Area
Robert B. Taylor
Richland High School
Fort Worth
David Bateman
Ascension Academy
Amarillo
Vinh Ton
McNeil High School
Capital Area
2nd PlaceElliot Gravis
Lamar University TAME Club
GT TAME
Jeff Zheng
Ascension Academy
Amarillo
Timothy Grimes
Crockett Middle School
Amarillo
Jann Shane Cabudoy
Pine Tree High School
East Texas
Vaidehi Phirke
Cedar Ridge High School
Capital Area
Adithya Sreenivasan
McNeil High School
Capital Area
Holly Wilhelm
Dumas High School
Amarillo
3rd PlaceNicollette Hillman
North Richland Middle School
Fort Worth
Kavita Kohli
Canyon Vista Middle School
Capital Area
Pedro Sebastián Becerril Salinas
Idea North Mission College Preparatory
Valley
Anouka Saha
Westwood High School
Capital Area
Colton Baldridge
Shallowater High School
Lubbock
Arnold Langat
Harmony Science Academy Euless
Fort Worth
Hunter Liu
Amarillo High School
Amarillo
4th PlaceJeremiah Harris
North Richland Middle School
Fort Worth
Milin Tunsiricharoengul
Wex Foundation LCATS
San Antonio
Isaac Enriquez
Kirby Middle School
Wichita Falls
Cecilia Romero
Haltom High School
Fort Worth
Rahawa Ghebrelul
Kerr High School
GC TAME
Jenny Zhang
Westwood High School
Capital Area
Samuel Perales
Hendrickson High School
Capital Area
5th PlaceSai Chada
McNiel Middle School
Wichita Falls
Christopher Echols
McNiel Middle School
Wichita Falls
Joshua Velasquez
Generation Hope
Dallas
Abel Soto
Hastings Ninth Grade Center
GC TAME
Carlos Medrano
Science & Engineering Magnet - Townview Center
Dallas
Sawyer Archer
Amarillo High School
Amarillo
David Serrato
Richland High School
Fort Worth
6th PlaceTyler Calkins
Fort Stockton Middle School
West Texas
Matthew Barnett
North Richland Middle School
Fort Worth
Chloe Guerrero
Haltom Middle School
Fort Worth
Ibrahim Al-Akash
VMHS
Corpus Christi
Tai Ha
Richland High School
Fort Worth
McKayla Tate
Boerne Champion High School
San Antonio
Sorin Peña
Haltom High School
Fort Worth


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ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE PERFORMANCE AWARDS



1st Place2nd Place3rd Place4th Place5th Place6th Place
Team 37 - Let There Be LightTeam 49 - Laser-in-a-BoxTeam 33 - LASASTeam 45 - Laser Lens PinappleTeam 44 - Black BoxTeam 6
Areli Escajeda
Fort Stockton Middle School
West Texas
Isaiah Ramos
Stanton Independent School Dist.
West Texas
Jvin Howard
Pine Tree High School
East Texas
Damian Dodson
Fort Stockton High School
West Texas
Andrew Rigney
Elias Longoria Middle School
Valley
Collin Hebner
Rider High School
Wichita Falls
Emily Spurgers
McNiel Middle School
Wichita Falls
Jade Esmeralda Juarez
Smylie Wilson
Lubbock
Kylee Mesa
UTPB Stem Academy
West Texas
David Bateman
Ascension Academy
Amarillo
C. J. Quigley
Smylie Wilson
Lubbock
Darian Hardin
West Orange Stark Middle School
GT TAME
Gilbert Garza
Shallowater High School
Lubbock
Justus Tuls
Shallowater High School
Lubbock
Leonardo Garcia
Donna High School
Valley
Ethan Tran
Stephen F. Austin High School
GC TAME
Cecilia Romero
Haltom High School
Fort Worth
Elijah Edwards
Pine Tree Middle School
East Texas
Nicholas Martin
Pershing Middle School
GC TAME
Kevin Phan
Stephen F. Austin High School
GC TAME
Matthew Barnett
North Richland Middle School
Fort Worth
Michael Daly
Scobee Middle School
San Antonio
Daniel Frank
Fort Stockton High School
West Texas
Hunter Jensen
Hendrickson High School
Capital Area
Tin Ha
Richland High School
Fort Worth
Nathan Waldron
Concho Valley TAME / 4H Club
San Angelo
Octavio Padron
Lucy Rede Franco Middle School
West Texas
Michael Trees
Concho Valley TAME / 4H Club
San Angelo
Jenny Zhang
Westwood High School
Capital Area
Nicholas Moore
School of Science & Technology-San Antonio
San Antonio
Zachary Russell
Pine Tree High School
East Texas
Samantha "Libby" Tseng
Iowa Park High School
Wichita Falls
Ortilla Garcia
Harwell Middle School
Valley
Mona Almufti
Harmony Science Academy Beaumont
GT TAME
Johnny Tieu
E-STEM HS
GC TAME
Rebecca Valentine
Granbury Middle School
Fort Worth



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ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE SPECIAL AWARDS



Judges' Choice, TeamworkJudges' Choice, Innovative SwitcherTBPE Innovation Award
Team 15 - All or NothingTeam 40 - Hectre LightTeam 43 - The Falling Lens
Akruti Obhrai
Girl Scout Troop 183
San Antonio
Aaron Guerrero
Barrientes Middle School
Valley
Alexis Banuelos
Falcon Early College High School
West Texas
D'Juan Taylor
Science & Engineering Magnet - Townview Center
Dallas
Abel Soto
Hastings Ninth Grade Center
GC TAME
Anthony Salinas
Smylie Wilson
Lubbock
Jessica Flores
Nocona Middle School
Wichita Falls
Alexia Sanchez
Fort Stockton Middle School
West Texas
Daniel Portillo
Wichita Falls High School
Wichita Falls
Jessica Liu
Amarillo High School
Amarillo
Axel Jotham M. Buan
Lamar University TAME Club
GT TAME
Eileen Guo
Spring Woods High School
GC TAME
Joaquin Eduardo
Watauga Middle School
Fort Worth
Dafhne Salvador
J. B. Connally High School
Capital Area
Jackson Bass
New Home ISD
Lubbock
Shonell Rowell
Cedar Valley Middle School
Capital Area
Williams Nzeh-Biko
Hirschi High School
Wichita Falls
Milin Tunsiricharoengul
Wex Foundation LCATS
San Antonio



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SPONSORS
 
 
 
Presenting Sponsor:

rtn 186 cmyk
 

Corporate & Foundation Sponsors:


American Society of Civil Engineers Texas Chapter, Arconic Foundation, Boeing, Chevron, Chevron Phillips, ConocoPhillips, Emerson Process Management, Enbridge, Halliburton, IBM, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, National Instruments, Shell Oil Company, Texas Board of Professional Engineers, Texas Instruments


University Partners:

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, Trinity University, University of Houston, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley



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