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STEM Academy places first in robotics competition

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy at Lee High School placed first in the San Antonio BEST robotics competition on Saturday, Oct. 13. STEM will now advance to the TEXAS BEST Regional Competition held in Garland, TX November 9 and 10.

The Hub (San Antonio BEST) competition is comprised of two parts: the robotics competition (where the robots compete) and the overall BEST competition. The overall BEST Competition is made up of an oral marketing presentation (25 percent), project engineering notebook (25 percent), team exhibit and interview (20 percent), Spirit and sportsmanship (15 percent) and the robot performance (15 percent).

STEM placed first in the robotics competition resulting in one $50,000 scholarship to St. Mary's University (awarded to Issac Irlas), and three $1,000 scholarships to the recipient's school of choice ( awarded to Lauralee Kalinec, Joshua Orth and Benjamin Munoz).

STEM placed second in the BEST overall, missing first by only 0.42pts. They were also awarded first place for the Founder's Award, which is based on overall design and use of the engineering design process.  

The students have also been invited to demonstrate their robot at the Alamo AFCEA Conference and Expo in December.

Posted on October 18, 2012