Announcing the 2017 National STEM League Champions

Posted June 7, 2017 by Toni Cerbo

2017 GRAND CHAMPIONS – Crimson Bolt Racing (Everett High School)

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Alumni Sports and Recreation Center (Armory) was abuzz with STEM activity the weekend of April 29-30, 2017, as nearly 400 middle and high school students competed in the Ten80 Education National STEM League (NSL) Finals.

Ten80 Education is a team of engineers, scientists, teachers, professors and parents all dedicated to a single mission of educating students on STEM subjects, STEM careers and how they affect the world around us. Ten80 Student Racing Challenge and Student Rover Challenge offer a wide range of subjects for investigation. From basic scientific method to upper level calculus, the programs work to bring real-world math modeling and computer programming to students of all backgrounds and talents, including a focus on underserved student populations.

During the 2-day event, students tested their mental, emotional and physical abilities as they worked in teams to collaborate, create and compete in multiple project categories. Student teams competed in Sanctioned Races (race engineer to win), Endurance Race (efficiency and control), Creative Engineering Design and Fabrication (the standards for patent consideration), Computer-Driven Innovation (Rover Course), Aerodynamic Design, Sustainable Transportation through Renewable Energies, Teamwork, Business Planning & Public Relations (partnerships between schools, businesses and communities), Team Presentations and Graphic Design.

There are three paths to the NSL Finals. Two paths are web-based competitions that motivate students to do their best work but don’t require travel. The third path is via head-to-head competition at Regional Finals hosted across the nation. Teams at the top of the points race were invited to compete in the NSL Finals.


Student Rover Challenges

A key challenge for the students was developing algorithms capable of crunching vehicle data from all rover sensors in real time and making quick decisions to accelerate, brake or turn the rover without losing control. Each team pursued its own solution, although most converged on reactive planning approaches using the laser ranger to track its position relative to obstacles.

Student Racing Challenges

Students use electric radio controlled (RC) cars to create products and work together in ways that parallel the preparation of motorsport teams. Those designated as drivers and mechanics head up the actual racing, but there are aspects of the competition the rest of the team works on, as well.

Graphic Design

Engineers look at how to make vehicle improvements for peak performance while others focus on its color and design. Besides making an aerodynamic, colorful race car, students showcased their marketing and graphic design skills to expand media presence and attract sponsorship.

Data Driven Design

Data driven decision-making is critical in today’s job market. Students must learn how to augment traditional approaches with analytical research. Student teams needed to be creative in developing innovative solutions, which supported their business models, enabled them to respond with greater speed and agility to changing conditions. Student teams presented their data-driven design projects showing how data analytics helped them make relevant and useful innovations.

Business Presentations

Those working on the business side designed promotional swag items, marketed the team through social media and developed fundraisers throughout the year. At the NSL finals, student teams presented entertaining, informative and enjoyable marketing and project management presentations – some pushing the boundaries with top-notch media and near-flawless communication skills.


And the Winners are…

A judging committee of distinguished professionals awarded points in each of the categories that represent the pillars of the NSL community. Top teams in each category received awards – with the two most prestigious awards being Points Race Champions and Grand Champions.

Winners walked away with trophies to show off in their hometowns, recognizing their climb up the points race throughout the year and incredible performance during final competitions.

A common theme throughout the NSL is all about teamwork — nearly every winner made sure to thank his or her colleagues for helping the team win. Many also touted the support of coaches, mentors, teachers and family members.

Without further ado, here’s a rundown of the winners in each category.

 

FINALS EVENT WINNERS

CATEGORY PLACE HIGH SCHOOL MIDDLE SCHOOL
Finals Grand Champions 1st Place Crimson Bolt Racing
(Everett High School)
Horsepower Motorsports

(Bailey Middle School)

2nd Place B.3.A.S.T.

(Chicago State University NSBE Jr.)

Lone Star Motorsports

(San Antonio City Wide NSBE Jr.)

3rd Place Iditarod Racing

(William Amos Hough High School)

Shen Horsepower

(Shenandoah Middle School)

ROVER Events 1st Place Everett Fire Pencils

(Everett High School)

2nd Place Slothnators Rover

(Western Center Academy)

RACE Events 1st Place Brick Squad Racing

(Ipswich High School)

Horsepower Motorsports

(Bailey Middle School)

2nd Place Assabet

(Assabet High School)

Shen Alpha Horses

(Shenandoah Community School)

Enterprise

(Pitches & Presentations)

1st Place Flaming Wheel Motorsports

(Metro Home Educators)

Shen Horsepower

(Shenandoah Middle School)

2nd Place Crimson Bolt Racing

(Everett High School)

Horsepower Motorsports

(Bailey Middle School)

Graphic Design 1st Place Iditarod Racing

(William Amos Hough High School)

Horsepower Motorsports

(Bailey Middle School)

2nd Place B.3.A.S.T.

(Chicago State University NSBE Jr.)

Shen Alpha Horses

(Shenandoah Community School)

Data-Driven Design 1st Place B.3.A.S.T.

(Chicago State University NSBE Jr.)

Shen Horsepower

(Shenandoah Middle School)

2nd Place Flawless Female Engineers

(Young Women’s College Prep Academy)

Shen Alpha Horses

(Shenandoah Community School)

Community Leadership 1st Place Crimson Bolt Racing

(Everett High School)

Lone Star Motorsports

(San Antonio City Wide NSBE Jr.)

2nd Place B.3.A.S.T

(Chicago State University NSBE Jr.)

Congratulations to all teams who compete in the National STEM League throughout the year! These competitions are a testament to your hard work, professionalism and diligence to developing skills and knowledge in the STEM topics.

 

About the National STEM League

The Ten80 Education National STEM League is a project-based learning system, network and league through which middle and high school students practice the art of being professionals. Participants collaborate, create and compete in ways that mirror business & marketing executives, engineers, technicians, green transportation designers and motorsports teams. For more information about the National STEM League, visit www.ten80education.com/the-league.

About Ten80 Education

Ten80 Education is a micro-publisher of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum that has been implemented in engineering, computer science and STEM classrooms and clubs in 41 states.  Students working with Ten80’s Student STEM Challenge curriculum are invited to own their own businesses specializing in racing, robotics, energy or technologies/innovations that emerge through the combination of hardware and software. They are also invited to collaborate and compete in the National STEM League. This focus on enterprise, innovation and team-oriented challenges inspires a diverse, non-traditional audience to engage in STEM learning. For more information regarding Ten80’s programs and events, visit www.Ten80Education.com.

 

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