Lubbock Students Take Top Honors
July 10, 2007
Students from Dunbar Middle School placed first, second and third in the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering's state-wide poster and essay competition.
Meagan Ramos, Jessica Kaskie and Miranda Duncan's essay and poster entries won first, second and fourth places in the TAME essay and poster contest. The contest, sponsored by the state-wide alliance challenges middle school students to share their thoughts on engineering by writing an essay and illustrating it with a poster.
This year's contest theme of "Engineers Design a Better World" encouraged students to look at ways engineers improve safety and quality of life for people by using math, science and technology to solve problems. Winning entries from this year's contest will be featured on a calendar distributed to alliance partners.
The Texas Tech University T-STEM Center partners with TAME to provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for K-12 students that include the South Plains Math and Science Competition held each fall. The T-STEM Center also sponsors the Lubbock TAME chapter.
Ramos' winning entry highlighted the contributions that engineers have made to society. Her poster depicted an engineering blueprint covered with designs for future technologies such as fuel cell cars and fire-resistant buildings.
"Engineers have virtually sculpted our way of life," wrote Ramos in her essay describing her poster. "They design buildings, transportation, tools and more, making life easier."
Kaskie's second-place poster featured an anthropomorphized planet earth decorated with icons from technology fields. Her essay discussed the wide-spread influence of engineering in today's consumer society, from cell phones to food packaging.
"Engineers have made the world what it is today, from aircraft, to glasses, to buildings," commented Kaskie. "All different sorts of engineers such as the ones who design faster planes, quicker internet, even calculators, have modified our society."
Rounding out the field of winners, Duncan's fourth-place entry drew from personal experiences with traffic accidents and spoke to the possibilities of safer traffic technologies that may be developed by the next generation of engineers.
"To me this subject is important because most teenage deaths are caused by car accidents," wrote Duncan. "Engineers can lower this risk if transportation is improved or replaced."
This year marks TAME's 30th year of providing engineering opportunities for K-12 students from traditionally underrepresented populations. In addition to the annual poster and essay competition, the Austin-based, non-profit organization also sponsors an annual math and science competition and a traveling trailer full of engineering exhibits called Trailblazer.
Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is a statewide non-profit organization that provides K-12 programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The T-STEM Center is a proud partner of TAME and hosts the local Lubbock alliance, or chapter, of the statewide organization.