Cars, Rovers and Drones Set to Compete in Two-Day Event

Posted April 17, 2019 by Toni Cerbo

Texas A&M University College of Engineering Hosts 12th Annual National STEM League Finals

2018 GRAND CHAMPIONS – Iditarod Motorsports (William Amos Hough High School)

Just a stone’s throw from Houston—deep in the heart of the Lone Star State—cars, rovers and drones will take over the Texas A&M University Reed Arena on April 27-28, 2019, for the 12th Annual National STEM League (NSL) Finals Showcase and Competition.

“Ten80 provides a haven for students that are interested in STEM classes or careers to come together and work through project-based activities that are challenging,” said 2018 NSL Grand Champion coach Brock Shipley of Iditarod Motorsports at William Amos Hough High School in Cornelius, NC.

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. Each year, the event adds new levels of data driven engineering design challenges to sixth-grade through 12th-grade students. While engaging in the process of innovation, students practice product development through an engineering design process and build an enterprise model for effectively sharing their innovation.

Iditarod Motorsports junior Ben Ziegler shared “I get to apply what I learn in my math, physics, and engineering classes to real-world challenges.” Sophomore Emily Ramanata shares this same sentiment and further elaborates, “I have been part of our STEM team for five years and each competition is a new and exciting challenge. The integration of different projects and teams into the STEM family has taught me collaboration, diligence, and inquisitive thinking. STEM has changed my life and prepared me for a better future.”

During this two-day event, more than 400 middle and high school students from across the nation and China will compete for the Grand Championship. Students will put their innovation skills to the test in Student Racing, Student Rover and Student UAV Challenge competitions.

“We are thrilled to bring the competitions to Texas A&M University,” said Terri Stripling, CEO and President of Ten80 Education (Ten80). “The NSL helps students fast track math, science and engineering proficiency, through higher-order thinking while igniting creativity and enthusiasm. Student teams worked hard throughout the season earning their place at Finals and we expect some exciting competitions.”

Students will tour the Texas A&M campus on Saturday morning, engage in skills workshops Saturday afternoon then register and attend an opening banquet that evening. Sunday is a fast-paced day of competitions. Students face each other in racing, robotics and UAV challenges, business enterprise presentations, engineering projects and graphic design. Following competitions, an awards ceremony will recognize outstanding teams and celebrate their countless hours of hard work, determination and preparation.

Students who are involved in competitive STEM 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.

Major sponsorship provided by Mouser Electronics, a Texas-based global company that’s part of the Berkshire Hathaway family.

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