Look College hosts 300 high-achieving students

Student competingA new collaboration for the Dwight Look College of Engineering brought 300 high-achieving students from all over Texas to Texas A&M University for a daylong competition.

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering is a non-profit organization that provides high-achieving K-12 students with an opportunity to learn more through programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The alliance holds an annual statewide math and science competition that brings 300 high school and junior high students to a university or corporate campus. This year the Look College hosted this event in collaboration with Texas A&M’s Office of Admissions.

On April 14, 300 junior high and high school students from 13 chapters from across Texas filled the Zachry Engineering Center for the conference.

In the morning, students participated in written math and science exams that assessed each student’s knowledge of completed coursework for that year, including biology, AP biology, chemistry, AP chemistry, physics, algebra II, pre-calculus, and calculus.

Students also competed in a design challenge called “The Aggie Crane” in which teams designed and built a crane. Each design was scored based on the crane’s ability to pivot on a vertical axis, its height and maximum load capacity. The 60 student teams had 45 minutes to complete the design before being judged.

Group from above in Zachry Engineering Center70 engineering undergraduate and graduate students from the Look College volunteered for this event and Magda Lagoudas, Director of Engineering Student Services and Academic Programs serves on the advisory board. The Texas A&M Office of Admissions gave a one-hour afternoon event, which included a Traditions Walk on campus with the Yell Leaders and college of engineering volunteers.

Financial support was provided for the conference by Texas A&M’s Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity. Texas A&M’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships and Financial Aid provided three scholarships for alliance students, with ChevronPhillips and Lockheed Martin matching each scholarship.

For more information on the program, contact Lagoudas at m-lagoudas@tamu.edu