Three middle school students from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District recently earned awards during the 2018 State STEM Competition in Anna, Texas, which is an annual event organized by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME).
“We are very excited and proud of the hard work demonstrated by all of our students who participated in this state competition,” said ECISD Fine Arts Director Nelinda Villarreal. “This could not be possible without the support and dedication from all of our sponsors, students and parents.”
Approximately 24 students from Edinburg CISD competed with more than 270 other students from across the state in the annual event.
According to TAME, the competition is the focus of a year of intense preparation for Texas students in TAME clubs around the state. Students from grades 6-12 qualified to attend the event at one of 14 Divisional STEM Competitions.
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. During the one-hour challenge, students used a bakery box, a laser beam and six lenses to focus and diffuse a laser beam.
The three ECISD students who received awards are as follows:
• Barrientes Middle School seventh-grade student Aaron Guerrero, who earned the Judges’ Choice Award for Innovative Switcher in the Engineering Design Challenge.
• Longoria Middle School seventh-grade student Andrew Rigney, who received 5th Place in the Engineering Design Challenge.
• Harwell Middle School sixth-grade student Ortilia Garcia, who received 3rd Place in the Engineering Design Challenge.
TAME is a non-profit organization committed to preparing Texas students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).