SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY. (April 25, 2017) – The 10th annual, National STEM League (NSL) Finals will be held this weekend April 29-30, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) located in Troy, NY.
During this 2-day event, more than 30 middle and high school teams from across the nation will come to compete for the Grand Championship. Students will put their innovation skills to the test in Student Racing and Student Rover Challenge competitions. The finals are the culmination of yearlong programs in which students think innovatively about how engineering performance and emerging technologies can improve personal, academic and professional pursuits.
“We are extremely excited to hold the National STEM League Finals here in upstate New York,” said Terri Stripling, CEO and President of Ten80 Education. “STEM competencies and skills are key to helping students prepare to lead and thrive in our global economy. In preparing for events such as this one, students are encouraged to experiment with concepts learned in the classroom. Through working as a team and applying those concepts in different ways, seemingly disconnected “dots” of knowledge connect to one another, ultimately creating a mosaic that is true discovery and deep understanding about how things work and how to work together.”
Students will tour the RPI campus on Saturday morning, engage in skills workshops Saturday afternoon then register and attend an opening banquet that night. Sunday is a fast-pace day of competitions. During the competitions, students are judged for their work in numerous categories: project management, business plan presentations, race engineering, aerodynamic design, alternative energy, creative engineering and graphic design. Following competitions, teams will be recognized in an awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements.
Students who are involved in competitive Racing and Rover Challenges develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They also practice communicating and collaborating as a team while using creativity and critical thinking to problem solve. The NSL engages the imagination to pursue the STEM disciplines and the innovative spirit to turn ideas into realities. It is an all-encompassing gateway to future STEM programs, degrees and careers.
Media are invited to attend, interview, photograph and videotape the competition and young innovators.