On Saturday April 9, four Dayton High School students competed at the UHCL STEM Challenge. The participants from Mr. Belanger’s Engineering Math class were Seniors Alexis Ibarra, Bryce Kelly, Alexis Trevino, and Junior Oscar Estrada. The competition had 4 phases.
First came hands-on 3-D Puzzles and Problem Solving. The 2nd event was Logic and Analysis which included Deciphering Codes and solving Logic Grids. While still in a classroom setting for the 3rd phase, the teams had science quizzes over everything from Anatomy/ Physiology, Cell Structure, Food Groups, Chemistry, Astrology, and Physics all with varying weighted score values to complete. The Final Challenge was to build a bridge that holds the most weight with minimal materials provided equally to each team. We should be very proud of our Broncos who had the second-best bridge! Unfortunately, this first in-person “Post-Covid” Event awarded only the 1st place winners of each phase. Alexis Ibarra, Bryce, and Oscar were so impressed with the UHCL facilities that they took advantage of a deal announced during the STEM Challenge to attend an Open House the following Saturday and were able to apply for FREE to enroll at UHCL! Alexis Treveno plans to attend UH for Architecture.