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STEM students meet TSPE Engineering Technical Challenge

Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) honored the STEM Academy’s “Eggonaut” Rocket team this month after the team rose above all competitors. San Antonio and surrounding area high school teams met at UTSA at the invitation of the engineering society to test their skills in three different engineering challenges:

“Eggonaut Water Rockets," meant to keep an egg safe and aloft as long as possible; “Junk Drawer Design,” a build from a common parts list vehicle; and the “Sumo Challenge,” a LEGO robot based battle to push one another off a 4-foot round table.

Randall Ohman’s “Concepts of Engineering” students of Nimitz Middle School soared supreme in competition. Up against a field of seven other schools, STEM’s Eggonaut Rocket Team earned first place! In addition to first place trophies, each team member was awarded a $1,000 UTSA scholarship.

Also competing and making the finals in the Sumo Challenge, Carlos Salinas battled his way through the flights of 22-teams, placing 4th overall.

STEM Eggonaut Team

Team members, shown (L-R) at the egg recovery with Mr. Ohman, are Shawn Rogers, Emerson Shands, Stephen Montez and Julian Jalali, holding parachute and egg capsule.

STEM eggonaut team

The STEM Eggonaut team hoists their trophies and scholarship awards, (L to R) Shawn Rogers, Julian Jalali, Emerson Shands, and Stephen Montez.

Preparing the STEM Eggonaut rocket

The team prepares its rocket for launch by the professional engineer hosts.

Egg returns safely.

Julian Jalali presents the egg, safe and sound after a high flight.

Carlos Salinas

Carlos Salinas works with the STEM Sumobot, aptly nameed, "Bulldozer."

Posted on April 16, 2014