Repsol was honored to present the 2018 Repsol Student Innovation Awards for excellence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The winners enjoyed an awards ceremony that we are sure will remain in their memories for a long time. To help Repsol present the awards distinguished guest speakers accompanied us, including Conroe ISD Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton, Space Center Houston Vice President of Education Daniel Newmyer, former chief of NASA’s Human Research Program Dr. John Charles and former NASA astronaut and current Orion project team member Anna Fisher, M.D. They all gave their view of the importance of STEM in today's education.
Dr. Fisher and Dr. Charles also spoke about their experience in space and scientific studies of the Human Research Project, respectively.
One of the projects was from the FIRST Robotics Team 1477 Texas Torque, which won big on March 17 at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lone Star Central Regional in Houston. Texas Torque, a 60 student-led team from Conroe/The Woodlands area high school students. In this challenge, teams compete to gain points by moving power cubes onto scales and switches, then climbing and hanging on the scale at the end of the match to defeat the “boss.”
These exciting competitions combine the application of science and technology with the intense energy of a sporting event, giving all participating students the option to turn “pro”.
Another 12th grader presented his project “Nutrient-Induced Supersilk Fibers Through Utlization of Bombyx mori.” He explained that textiles have become an major polluting industry. As a $772 billion field, businesses will need to find green, alternative solutions, due to the 2.5 billion tons of wastewater and 330,000 tons of potentially hazardous dyes that are used every year. To seek a sustainable, environmentally-friendly solution, a two-pronged approach was taken feeding silkworms: 1) dyes (Rhodamine-B Red and Rit Blue) to create a better process to reduce wastewater/energy usage, and 2) graphene/TiO2 to increase the strength of silk for decreased degradability.
(NASA Astronaut)Selected as an
(NASA Chief of the International Science Office of NASA’s Human Research Program)He has been at the Johnson Space Center since 1983. Charles is now the chief of the International Science Office of NASA's Human Research Program and leads space life sciences planning for the joint U.S/Russian one-year mission on the ISS.
(Space Center Houston, VP Education)His tremendous
The students came up with highly ambitious projects that could improve many people’s lives in the future. The innovation ranges in fields from healthcare technologies in projects such as “Increasing the Efficacy of Common Antibiotics” and “Cell Based Therapy: Modifying Adult Stem Cell,” to engineering projects like “Evaluating and Optimizing Efficiency of Multicellular Battery Systems”.
College students also awarded!
In collaboration with University of Texas, Energy and Earth Resources, 15 students in the Latin America & Caribbean Energy Program, participated in a contest to select the final three winners of $500 and tickets to 2018 MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas where they will be awarded and recognized on April 22, 2018.
K-12 students from Conroe ISD and undergraduate students from Lone Star College and Sam Houston State University were recognized for their outstanding academic performance in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Awards were presented by World Champion Repsol Honda MotoGP riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa who excitedly participated in the showcase of their projects.