Students from North Texas worked to solve engineering challenges designed by Raytheon in the recent State STEM Competition.
The annual STEM competition is coordinated by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering. The April 28 event marked 33 years for the contest, which was sponsored by Raytheon and the YMCA Collin County Adventure Camp in Anna.
Students solved timed math and science problems before getting into teams to work on practical engineering challenges designed by Raytheon engineers from McKinney. One challenge tasked students with figuring out how to diffuse a laser beam. Raytheon employees also supported students during the competition.
Tenth grader Robert B. Taylor from Richland High School won first place in both science and math. Tin Ha, also from Richland, placed first with his team in the engineering design challenge and fourth in math.
Twenty-eight students from the TAME Dallas Chapter competed at this year’s event. Nine received awards including:
Brisa Diaz from Generation Hope won the TAME Outstanding Senior Award. Diaz currently attends Everman Joe C. Bean High School and plans to study aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall.
Also from Generation Hope were Andrew Culbertson, who won sixth place in sixth grade math, and Joshua Velasquez, who placed fourth in eighth grade math and fifth in eighth grade science.
From the Lancaster High School Engineer Robotics Club, Dewitt Hunter received third place in 11th grade math.
Dallas ISD’s Science & Engineering Magnet High School at Townview Cener had three students place: Caleb Simmons, sixth place in ninth grade math; Carlos Medrano, fourth place in 10th grade math and fifth place in 10th grade science; and D’Juan Taylor, who won the Judges’ Choice Award for Teamwork in the Engineering Design Challenge.
Priya Mandava from Tarrant County College’s program won second in 10th grade math. Sixth grader Joaquin Eduardo from Watauga Middle School, received fourth place in math.
Photos courtesy of Raytheon.