On Saturday, April 27th, 2019, Texas students participated in the 34th annual State STEM Competition for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME). Sponsored by ConocoPhillips, hosted at Forest Glen Camp, the event celebrated achievement in math, science, and engineering.

 

2019 State STEM Competition

(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.

 




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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.

 

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STATE SCIENCE AWARDS





 

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1st PlaceLeo Zheng, 6th Grade, Cedar Valley Middle School, Capital Area ChapterPeter Reedstorm, 7th Grade, Pershing Middle School, GC TAME ChapterBrenda Romero-Torres, 8th Grade, WEX Foundation LCATS Program, San Antonio ChapterOlivia Chen, 9th Grade, Amarillo High School, Amarillo ChapterJoshua Hidalgo, 10th Grade, Pflugerville High School, Capital Area ChapterTroy Schouten, 11th Grade, Ascension Academy, Amarillo ChapterAlex Wan, 12th Grade, Ascension Academy, Amarillo Chapter
2nd PlaceHunter White, 6th Grade, Iowa Park Middle School, Wichita Falls ChapterElliot Gravis, 7th Grade, Lamar University / GT-TAME Club, GT TAME ChapterGabriella Salinas, 8th Grade, BL Garza Middle School, Valley ChapterJoyce Lai, 9th Grade, WEX Foundation LCATS Program, San Antonio ChapterRoberto Salinas, 10th Grade, Pflugerville High School, Capital Area ChapterApoorva Amudhan, 11th Grade, McNeil High School, Capital Area ChapterJenny Zhang, 12th Grade, Westwood High School, Capital Area Chapter
3rd PlaceAllison Yao, 6th Grade, Canyon Vista Middle School, Capital Area ChapterAaron Guerrero, 7th Grade, Haltom Middle School, Fort Worth ChapterAbby Smith, 8th Grade, Liberty Junior High School, Dallas ChapterBrandon Barrera, 9th Grade, San Diego High School, Corpus Christi ChapterEthan Garcia, 10th Grade, Westwood High School, Capital Area ChapterAnthony Nguyen, 11th Grade, Haltom High School, Fort Worth ChapterHung Dao, 12th Grade, Rider High School, Wichita Falls Chapter
4th PlaceMemphis Planchon, 6th Grade, School of Science and Technology Alamo, San Antonio ChapterAllison Wu, 7th Grade, Ascension Academy, Amarillo ChapterKrishna Grandhe, 8th Grade, Chisholm Trail Middle School, Capital Area ChapterBryce Willadson, 9th Grade, Pine Tree High School, East Texas ChapterSusanna Kim, 10th Grade, McNeil High School, Capital Area ChapterJanssen Fang, 11th Grade, McNeil High School, Capital Area ChapterGregory Boudreau, 12th Grade, Stony Point High School, Capital Area Chapter
5th PlaceMarshall Wilson , 6th Grade, School of Science and Technology Alamo, San Antonio ChapterEmaan Chhatriwala, 7th Grade, Cedar Valley Middle School, Capital Area ChapterCarter Morris, 8th Grade, Crockett Middle School, Amarillo ChapterIshita Raghuvanshi , 9th Grade, Girl Scouts Troop 183, San Antonio ChapterCaleb Simmons, 10th Grade, Science & Engineering Magnet @ Townview Center, Dallas ChapterFrancisco Marquez, 11th Grade, Science & Engineering Magnet @ Townview Center, Dallas ChapterTin Ha, 12th Grade, Richland High School, Fort Worth Chapter
6th PlaceValeria S. Martinez , 6th Grade, Barrientes Middle School, Valley ChapterNathaniel Wright, 7th Grade, Crockett Middle School, Amarillo ChapterKalyan Adhikari, 8th Grade, Generation Hope - Tarrant County College, Dallas ChapterEmily Do, 9th Grade, Amarillo High School, Amarillo ChapterSonia Rao, 10th Grade, Girl Scouts Troop 183, San Antonio ChapterAlberto Medrano, 11th Grade, Alief Early College High School, GC TAME ChapterHunter Syas, 12th Grade, Lamar University / GT-TAME Club, GT TAME Chapter


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ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE PERFORMANCE AWARDS

 




1st Place2nd Place3rd Place4th Place5th Place6th Place
Team 43Team 24Team 6Team 17Team 32Team 2
Israel Hernandez, 10th Grade, Vanguard Mozart Secondary, Valley ChapterBrayden Mills-Garland, 7th Grade, Liberty Junior High School, Dallas ChapterAbby Schreiber, 8th Grade, Barwise Middle School, Wichita Falls ChapterJavon Tatum, 10th Grade, Lancaster High School Engineering Robotics Club, Dallas ChapterBrandon Cortez, 9th Grade, Southwest Legacy High School, San Antonio ChapterAlexis Nguyen, 10th Grade, Arlington Collegiate High School, Dallas Chapter
Laura Thompson, 11th Grade, Science & Engineering Magnet @ Townview Center, Dallas ChapterElaine Zhu, 9th Grade, Haltom High School, Fort Worth ChapterMorris Parham, 8th Grade, Beatrice Mayes Institute Charter School, GC TAME ChapterMariella Infante, 7th Grade, Kaffie Middle School, Corpus Christi ChapterEllera Ashish, 11th Grade, Wichita Falls High School, Wichita Falls ChapterDavid Porras, 6th Grade, Elias Longoria Middle School Science / Recycling Club, Valley Chapter
Payton Loosemore, 6th Grade, Kaffie Middle School, Corpus Christi ChapterOmar Martinez, 8th Grade, Olle Middle School, GC TAME ChapterOlivia Chen, 9th Grade, Amarillo High School, Amarillo ChapterMona Almufti, 10th Grade, Harmony Science Academy Beaumont, GT TAME ChapterKarla Velazquez, 6th Grade, Abraham Lincoln Middle School, GT TAME ChapterDawn Ballard, 8th Grade, Nocona Middle School, Wichita Falls Chapter
Rahawa Ghebrelul, 11th Grade, Kerr High School, GC TAME ChapterSoophia Akram Akram , 11th Grade, Falcon Early College High School, West Texas ChapterTin Ha, 12th Grade, Richland High School, Fort Worth ChapterRoman de Jesus Medina Avila, 8th Grade, Olle Middle School, GC TAME ChapterPeter Reedstorm, 7th Grade, Pershing Middle School, GC TAME ChapterFernando Corrales, 8th Grade, Fort Stockton Middle School, West Texas Chapter
Rishi Koneru, 8th Grade, Cedar Valley Middle School, Capital Area ChapterSusanna Kim, 10th Grade, McNeil High School, Capital Area ChapterTy Savage, 10th Grade, Fort Stockton High School, West Texas ChapterYe-Un Go, 9th Grade, McNeil High School, Capital Area ChapterPranav Yalamanchili, 11th Grade, Amarillo High School, Amarillo ChapterRoberto Orozco, 10th Grade, Southwest Legacy High School, San Antonio Chapter
Sunny Shen, 7th Grade, WEX Foundation LCATS Program, San Antonio ChapterTravionna Bailey, 6th Grade, Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies, GT TAME ChapterValeria S. Martinez , 6th Grade, Barrientes Middle School, Valley ChapterZachary Edwards, 7th Grade, Irons Middle School, Lubbock ChapterJohnny Tieu
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Yasmin Torres, 10th Grade, Haltom High School, Fort Worth Chapter



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ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE SPECIAL AWARDS



Champion Crew Award for TeamworkSiliconLabs Amazing Anglers Award for OptimismTBPE Innovation Award for Creativity
Team 47Team 31Team 41
Amy Nguyen, 6th Grade, Cedar Valley Middle School, Capital Area ChapterAlexia Carranza , 6th Grade, W. S. Holland Middle School, GC TAME ChapterAbby Smith, 8th Grade, Liberty Junior High School, Dallas Chapter
Brinlee Dorsey , 10th Grade, Arlington Collegiate High School, Dallas ChapterAnanya Bharadwaj, 10th Grade, Amarillo High School, Amarillo ChapterAdrian Garcia, 9th Grade, IDEA North Mission, Valley Chapter
Francis Creer, 9th Grade, Presidio High School TAME Club, West Texas ChapterApril Chavez, 8th Grade, Bonham Middle School, Amarillo ChapterDean Planchon, 7th Grade, School of Science and Technology Alamo, San Antonio Chapter
Kathryn De La Cruz, 7th Grade, Brewster School, Valley ChapterDavid Hernandez, 7th Grade, Lamar University / GT-TAME Club, GT TAME ChapterGarrett Guerrero, 11th Grade, Concho Valley TAME Club, San Angelo Chapter
Nicole Oleto, 11th Grade, Challenge Early College High School, GC TAME ChapterNicholas Moore, 11th Grade, School of Science and Technology San Antonio, San Antonio ChapterHaiden Hailey, 6th Grade, Pine Tree Middle School, East Texas Chapter
Zander Cortez, 11th Grade, Amarillo TAME, Amarillo ChapterSalvador Longoria, 11th Grade, San Diego High School, Corpus Christi ChapterLizbeth Martinez, 10th Grade, Haltom High School, Fort Worth Chapter
Sam Kirkland, 10th Grade, New Home ISD, Lubbock Chapter



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SPONSORS
 
 
 
Presenting Sponsor:

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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 AllianceTexas Board of Professional Engineers, Texas Instruments, Whataburger


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 UniversityUniversity of HoustonUniversity of Texas at Austin, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley



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