Category: Engineering

Texas Torque 1477 First Robotics Team Hosts Remix Competition At College Park High School

Texas Torque 2017 UIL Robot
Texas Torque 2017 UIL Robot.

Please join Texas Torque 1477 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics in hosting their annual Remix competition on Saturday, November 11th from 8:30am to 4:30pm. This action-packed event is free, open to the public, and showcases the team’s community involvement in STEM education.

The competition will be held in the gyms across from new the state-of-the-art CISD robotics lab, which will be open for tours from 11am to 1pm. 30 teams from Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico will form alliances to compete with robots that shoot balls, collect and elevate gears, and climb a rope to earn points. Please watch this promotional video for more information about the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjp5KYsTsL0.

If you would like to learn more about the new lab, programs for students of all ages, or Texas Torque, please visit us at www.texastorque.org, Texas Torque on Facebook, or @TexasTorque on Twitter. The team is always looking for new opportunities, members, sponsors, and mentors.

Robotics Facility Opened By Conroe ISD

roboticsfacilityOn June 10th Conroe ISD celebrated the opening of it’s state-of-the-art robotics facility located at The Woodlands College Park High School.  The new lab is home to FIRST Robotics team Texas Torque, which includes students from Conroe ISD area high schools.

Sonic, their 2013 world champion robot that cut the ribbon at the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, cut the ribbon to officially open the lab. For the past several years the team has been operating out of a chemistry lab classroom at the school. The new 12,000+ square foot, multi-million dollar facility will allow the school district to reach out to students of all ages through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs.

If you would like to learn more about the new lab, programs for students of all ages, or Texas Torque, please visit us at www.texastorque.org, Texas Torque on Facebook, or @TexasTorque on twitter. The team is always looking for new opportunities, members, sponsors and mentors.

ExxonMobil partners with schools to promote engineering to girls

The engineering field has historically been one where not many women enter; ExxonMobil is hoping to change that.

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Conroe students cheer during the opening presentation of the Girls Engineering Festival at Lone Star Convention Center Tuesday. More than 500 eighth grade girls took part in the annual festival, which focused on introducing girls to various aspects and careers in engineering.

Members of ExxonMobil’s team held their Girls Engineering Festival at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe on Tuesday. Hundreds of female students from Conroe ISD, Magnolia ISD and Spring ISD participated in talks with female engineers, practiced engineering with marshmallow catapults, and saw a 3-D printer in person.

“I think it’s great for our students to talk to successful adults about their careers and how they became who they are today, especially when you talk to girls about engineering,” CISD Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton said. “Engineering is such a great field and it’s underrepresented in the female population. To give these girls a pathway to get to become that, it’s really important to me.”

Only about 14 percent of all engineers are female. click here for complete story

Academics: SCI://TECH celebrates innovative minds

The Education for Tomorrow Alliance celebrated sharp minds and bright ideas during the 26th annual SCI://TECH Exposition.

From magnet exploration to the magic of electricity, hundreds of students put their best experiments on display at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe.

“It’s great, “ Conroe resident Guy Munster said. “My kids come every year. It’s important for them to explore.” click here for complete story

2016 SCI://TECH 2016 Extream Science

Education for Tomorrow Alliance’s (EfTA) 26th Annual SCI://TECH Exposition is scheduled for January and February 2016. EfTA’s SCI://TECH engages the business community with local schools, offering 14 science, technology, engineering, and math competitions and events. Run by EfTA volunteers and local educators, the SCI://TECH Exposition includes one of the largest regional science fairs in the nation reaching thousands of students each year and qualifying students to compete in the Houston Science & Engineering Fair, as well as state and international competitions.  
SCI://TECH spans four weekends in January and February, and includes more than 5,000 students vying in grade-level competitions and events with the support of nearly 600 volunteers. All 2016 dates are tentative. 

 January 22, 2016

Private School Science Fair, Senior High Science Bowl, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Lone Star College – Montgomery

January 27, 2016

Technical Writing Competition, 4:30 pm at The Woodlands College Park High School

January 29, 2016

Junior High Science Fair, Senior High Science Fair, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm at The Lone Star Convention Center

January 30, 2016

Elementary Science Festival, Math Bowl, Robotics Demonstration, SciApps, Sci.Math.e.Lon, and SciStory, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at The Lone Star Convention Center

February 6, 2016

Junior High Engineering Design Competition, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at Moorhead Junior High School

February 12, 2016

Junior High Science Bowl, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Lone Star College – Montgomery

February 13, 2016

Biotechnology Competition, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at Lone Star College – Montgomery

Senior High Engineering Design Competition, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Lone Star College – Montgomery

Please join EfTA in encouraging bright young minds! For more information about volunteering, please contact Elaine Christian (936-271-6150). For information about event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Monica Bomkamp Enia (936-273-7087).

Education for Tomorrow Alliance is grateful to the following 2015 sponsors who help make the SCI://TECH Exposition possible: CB&I, Huntsman, Entergy Solutions, Americas Styrenics, Anadarko, Best Buy Foundation, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Conroe Independent School District, Consolidated Communications, Entergy, GTIN Managed IT Solutions, IRONMAN Foundation, The John Cooper School, Lone Star College – Montgomery, The Lone Star Convention Center, Newfield Exploration Foundation, PBK, Talisman Energy, Truth Chemical, Truth Products and Wright’s Printing & Marketing.  

Summer camp emphasizes importance of math and science

Teachers became students for a week’s worth of sessions promoting strategies that foster more interest in math and science in the classroom.

From Sunday through Friday, the Teachers Academy, sponsored by ExxonMobil and professional golfer Phil Mickelson was housed at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

Third- through fifth-grade teachers from various Houston-area school districts enjoyed an all-expenses paid, week-long stay at the hotel during these training sessions. The main goal was for these educators to walk away with strategies they can use in their classrooms to get students excited about math and science. click here for complete story

Conroe ISD Board of Trustees Recognize Destination Imagination Global Champions

DIGlobalChamps (1)The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition to Destination Imagination Global Champions at Tuesday’s Board meeting. The team, comprised of seven 2015 graduates of the Academy of Science and Technology (AST), was awarded first place at the DI Global Finals that took place May 20-23 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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