Nimitz STEM places 1st among Middle Schools and 9th overall
Nimitz Middle School competed at the regional BEST competition, known as SABest (http://www.sabest.org/games/2012SeedResults.html) this past weekend. Each year high school (and some middle schools) participate in a feverish paced 6-weeks to overcome a challenge unveiled at the beginning of the school year.
This year they developed robotic technology to deliver and retrieve cargo from space via a 'space elevator.' On the competition floor, that meant developing a robot that could grab a hold of various cargos at both ground level and at high levels and transport them up or down the 10-foot high pole representing the elevator.
As many as 34 teams entered, including several middle schools. On Saturday KSAT of Krueger and STEM of Nimitz were there with 27 high school teams.
"Not only do high school have older, more mature and experienced students, they also have continuity of experience building multiple years for the students to participate in," said Randall Ohman, Nimitz STEM teacher. "Middle school competitors are typically green eighth graders with one shot and then they are off to high school."
Despite this disadvantage, Nimitz overcame challenges of design/reliability and placed first among all middle schools and ninth overall. This is also an improvement over last year when Nimitz placed 16th overall from among 31 teams.
Nimitz received a trophy developed and presented by representatives of United Engineering and Technology Magnet School (Laredo). The trophy depicts the globe with radiating 'space elevators' rising above the Earth.
The following former Nimitz SABest veterans, now freshmen at Lee High School, were there Saturday as key members of their team. A powerhouse each year, once again Lee rose to the challenge and took overall honors as first place team (ARTICLE: STEM Academy places first in robotics competition). They qualified for Texas state level competition taking place in Dallas in November. The former 8th grade Nimitz team members were:
- Cameron Turner
- Dante Gilmore
- Kennedy Medina
- Hunter Wilkes
Posted on October 19, 2012