National STEM League Finals Celebrates Young Innovators
Posted May 13, 2019 by Toni Cerbo
Inspired students showcase innovation, teamwork, sportsmanship, and international collaboration.
More than 400 middle and high school students comprised of over 48 teams from across the United States and China exhibited their STEM innovation skills at the 12th annual Ten80 National STEM League (NSL) Finals presented by Mouser Electronics and hosted by Texas A&M University College of Engineering in College Station, TX.
The Wow! factor was alive and well throughout the two-day event. The weekend began with tours of the state-of-the-art facilities at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and hands-on skills workshops with Ten80’s engineer-educators. NSL teams setup pit areas and fine-tuned their presentations, racecars, robots and drones throughout the early afternoon.
Finally, at 4 p.m., formal competition kicked-off with the team-favorite Pit Crew Challenge. As with all NSL events, the drama and excitement was on display, but so was the creative energy that drives all successful teams. While some students noisily showcased their teamwork, skills and strategies on track, others were being interviewed by TAMU judges on their Data-Driven Design (DDD) projects and giving multimedia presentations on their engineering and enterprise achievements. Day 1 closed with an impressive display of team identity through the roll call and proper Texas BBQ dinner.
Sunday was a fast-paced day of competitions. Student Racing, Rover and UAV teams displayed their engineering achievements while practicing the fundamental skills of critical problem solving, communications, teamwork and leadership.
“It was an amazing setup at TAMU!” shared Astra Zeno, Engineering/Computer Science teacher and coach of Flawless Female Engineers at Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy in Houston. “My students gain so much from this experience each year. I can’t tell you the number of college and scholarship essays that have centered around experiences in Ten80. Their knowledge and confidence has grown tremendously and every senior on our Ten80 team is majoring in a STEM discipline – 2 with full rides!”
Following competitions, an awards ceremony celebrated students and the countless hours of hard work, determination and preparation they displayed.
The Grand Champion Award, the highest honor given at the Ten80 National STEM League Finals, recognizes the middle school and high school teams that best exemplify teamwork, critical thinking, innovation, and leadership – the purpose and goals of the NSL.
Iditarod Racing from William Amos Hough High School of Cornelius, NC won the High School Grand Champion Award. Runners up (in order) include Ram Tech 59 from Miami Coral Park Senior High of Miami, FL; GT Racing from Shanghai High School International Division, China; Crimson Bolt from Everett High School of Everett, MA; MAST & Furious from Jose Marti MAST Academy of Hialeah, FL; Ethan’s Rover from Everett High School of Everett, MA; Dirty Pistons from Ipswich High School of Ipswich, MA; 210 Nitro from San Antonio NSBE Jr Chapter of San Antonio, TX; Swamp Shifters from Barbara Goleman Senior High of Miami Lakes, FL; and ABACAXI from Thomas Jefferson Senior High School of Los Angeles, CA.
Asphalt Motor Sports from McClintock Middle School of Charlotte, NC won the Middle School Grand Champion Award. Runners up (in order) include Mad Science Racing from Palmetto Middle School of Pinecrest, FL; ONE from Changsha WES Academy, China; Nitro Boost from South Houston NSBE Jr of Houston, TX; and V12 from Irving STEAM Academy of Los Angeles, CA.
2019 National STEM League Sponsors include: SolidWorks, SAE International, SKT Education, Motorola Solutions Foundation, National Society of Black Engineers, TackleSTEM, Dalton Kellett, Partners Driving STEM, U.S. Army, G-CON Manufacturing, Johnson & Pace Incorporated, National Academy Foundation, and STEMWorks.