September 22, 2015
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The After School Matters Pre-Freshman Program in Engineering and Science (Roseland) earned three first-place finishes at several engineering and robotics competitions last month, including the National Society of Black Engineers’ Ten80 Education Regional Competition at the Illinois Institute of Technology (pictured above). The program’s teens participated in the competition as Team BEA5T with a remote-controlled robot car they built during their program. Competitions included teens presenting their business plans to a panel and their robot performing in endurance and speed competitions.
“All the STEM stuff is hard to do, but when you have a team it’s way better. It’s fun and innovative. What I like most about this program is that we get to work together as a team and form this unity to achieve.” — Dyanne, 16
The Pre-Freshman Program in Engineering and Science is a pre-collegiate program designed to expand students’ understanding of science and technology and the impact these professions have on society. Teens learn and practice engineering in labs at Chicago State University in Roseland. Team BEA5T has been competing for weeks — chronicling their work through their online team profile and earning points on data collection, design modification and unique robotic functions.
Thanks to their first-place finishes, the teens are now in the running to compete on a larger stage at the Boston Competition! In order to advance to the next round, Team BEA5T needs your help. Connect with them on social media to help them gain more overall points for the Ten 80 Competition, and follow their trip on the road to Boston. Engage with them at:
UPDATE: Team BEA5T wow-ed the crowds at the 42nd Annual National Society of Black Engineers’s National Competition in Boston! The program earned five first-place titles, finishing at the top of the Ten80 competition in the high school finals, points race, high school engineering project, high school graphic design and technical innovation competition. The teens were also honored with the Pre-College Program of the Year award and the Ten80 Education Student Race Competition Grand Nationals Award.
“Engineering is basically solving problems. You learn how to solve problems in so many different ways, and there’s all types of problems: math problems, science problems, and they all bundle up into one answer. I think this experience is going to help me on my journey towards Biomedical Engineering.” — Tatiana, 15