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U.S. Army and Ten80 Inspire North Texas High School Students to Pursue STEM Education through Hands-On Robotics Competition

Nov 6, 2014

More than 600 North Texas high school students gathered at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX, on Sept. 18 to participate in the National STEM League (NSL) Exposition hosted by Ten80 Education and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).

The U.S. Army supports Ten80’s initiative to promote an academic curriculum emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses.

Students arrived eager to begin a fun-filled day of learning and friendly competition. Each high school was greeted by Soldiers from the U.S. Army Dallas Recruiting Battalion and assigned a colored shirt to identify their team.

The event opened with interactive STEM and U.S. Army trivia to test the students’ knowledge before leading in to a panel discussion. Panelists included the President of Ten80 Education, Terri Stripling, Don Schumacher Racing representatives Mike Green and Neal Strausbaugh and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Rob Patton.

Each spoke about the importance of earning a high school degree and motivated the group to continue focusing on STEM education opportunities in order to achieve their long-term education and career goals. Lieutenant Colonel Patton challenged the students to consider the numerous modern day technologies that we enjoy thanks to STEM advancements, and emphasized the many Army and civilian careers that are built on STEM education foundations.

To coincide with the event location at the Texas Motorplex, students participated in the Student Racing Challenge. U.S. Army Soldiers were present to assist the students through difficult problems, sharing guidance and encouragement.

U.S. Army Soldiers engaged with North Texas high school students at the Ten80 Expo as they applied strategic thinking skills to build radio-controlled (RC) vehicles.

Ten80 Expos inspire friendly competition among students and strengthen teamwork and communication skills. Throughout the day, students earned points by completing think tank scenarios for the engineering of their radio-controlled (RC) car.

While working in teams, students engaged in analytic thinking and strategic problem solving that involved aerodynamic design, engineering and renewable energy. These three elements fueled the student’s curiosity to design their own one-of-a-kind RC car.

North Texas high school students, utilizing STEM principles, engineered their own radio-controlled (RC) car at the Student Racing Challenge.

The Ten80 Expo concluded with a group assembly to announce the finalists. Three of the top student teams presented their RC car branding strategy to all attendees. Utilizing creativity and public speaking skills, the pitches required students to uniquely market their RC car brand. Upon tallying the points earned through the branding, racing and mechanical challenges, Ennis High School was named the overall winner of the Ten80 Challenge.

Ennis High School students celebrate their victory as the overall winners of the Ten80 Challenge in Ennis, TX. More than 600 students attended the National STEM League (NSL) Exposition hosted by Ten80 Education and the U.S. Army at the Texas Motorplex on Sept. 18.

The Ennis event is just one of several in the nation-wide NSL tour hosted by the U.S. Army and Ten80 Education to encourage STEM education among high school students. Upcoming expositions will be hosted in Chicago, Detroit and Miami. 

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