STEM ECHS underwater robotics team wins regional competition

STEM ECHS underwater robotics team wins regional competition
Posted on 05/05/2018

STEM Early College High School’s underwater robotics team is headed to the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition after winning the Texas Regional Competition held at the San Jacinto Training Center in Houston last weekend.

The CORPS took first place using their underwater robot, which took several months to develop.

“We feel honored to win first place and ecstatic that we have the privilege to represent the State of Texas at the international competition, along with representing STEM ECHS and Harlandale ISD, for the third year in a row,” Coach RomeoValdez said.

The MATE competition allows students to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and transform their teams into companies that manufacture, market and sell products.

“We’ve learned about teamwork, valuable time management skill and public speaking skills that will help us later on in professional workplace,” Valdez added. “Individually, each one of us has developed a strong passion for underwater robotics and engineering in general.”

During the event, senior Daniel Benavides also received the Outstanding Senior Award and a $1,000 scholarship.

Valdez is proud of the hard work and commitment his students showed while preparing for the competition.  

“Our company followed a detailed schedule the best we could in consideration of build time, electrical maintenance, ROV testing, OBS testing and technical report writing,” Valdez said. “We also strived to maintain strong communication with each member.”

The team is now preparing for the international competition, which will be held in Seattle on June 20-24.

“We would like to thank everyone who supported us along the way, especially Harlandale ISD, it's been an amazing experience for all of us working together in this incredible company and having the chance to continue the operation of the CORPS and to shed positive light on our budding school,” Valdez concluded.

Congratulations and good luck, CORPS!

Company members are:  

  • Senior Daniel Benavides, CEO, three years in MATE
  • Sophomore Penelope Pongpiachan, CAO, two years in MATE
  • Senior Omar Arredondo, chief engineer, three years in MATE
  • Senior Noah Johnson, pilot, three year in MATE
  • Sophomore Emma Garza, chief marketing director, two years in MATE
  • Sophomore Epi Flores, safety officer, one year in MATE
  • Sophomore Carlos Macias, financial director, one year in MATE
  • Sophomore Olivia Garcia, mechanical engineer, one year in MATE
  • Sophomore Roy Amaya, electrical engineer, one year in MATE
  • Sophomore Julia Calderon, research and development, one year in MATE
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