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Challenge yourself this fall

Calling all Aggies by the sea! Get ready to race in an interdisciplinary competition that brings together every department across Texas A&M University at Galveston campus. eSMART is a semester-long challenge welcoming student teams from across the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus to put their innovation, creativity and communication skills to the test. 

About eSMART

Each semester, eSMART — educating Smart Marine Aggies Robotic Technologies — challenges student teams to create, race and present a remote-controlled water vehicle, competing for cash rewards. Water crafts that are entered in the competition must be capable of racing around a floating marker and returning to shore. Additionally, teams must include five to seven members with at least two freshman engineering students, one ocean engineering student and one student from any other college on campus.


Every team will be provided with a Lego kit, basic Python code that can control the Lego brick, and two motors via Wi-Fi. Teams can purchase extra material — without exceeding $100 — to implement into their designs. Receipts must be provided to the judging panel. All teams will have access to faculty mentors and basic introductory lectures on Lego robotic control, floating vessel stability and propulsion.


Innovation and ingenuity are rooted in interdisciplinary collaboration — bridging perspectives and combining specialties to create the best product possible. To celebrate this, eSMART has three prize categories to recognize the use of such vital teamwork:
  • Start-to-finish speed
  • ART in SMART: Aesthetics and innovation
  • Video production: Visual of design process (three minutes or less)
To find more information on eSMART or to get involved, contact Dr. Paul Mario Koola.
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