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Repsol Student Innovation Awards

  • Applauding and honoring students in STEM

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.

Different groups of students showcased their projects

Proyecto FIRST Robotics Team 1477 Texas Torque

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.

Featuring the participation of NASA

Awards will be presented by Repsol executives, Dr. Don Stockton, CISD superintendent, and Special Guests from Space Center Houston and NASA.
  • Imagen de la astronauta Anna Fisher
    Dr. Anna Fisher

    (NASA Astronaut)

    Selected as an
    astronaut by NASA
    in 1978. Has logged
    a total of 192 hours
    in space and
    currently is a
    management astronaut
    working on display
    development for
    the Orion Multi-Purpose
    Crew Vehicle
    (MPCV).
  • Imagen del astronauta John Charles
    Dr. John Charles

    (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.
  • Innovation & Technology
    Daniel Newmyer

    (Space Center Houston, VP Education)

    His tremendous
    academic experience
    most recently includes
    serving as an
    Albert Einstein
    Distinguished Education
    Fellow in the Office
    of Education for NASA
    Headquarters and
    NASA Goddard
    Space Flight Center.

Astronaut Anna Fisher answers questions from future leaders in STEM

During the Repsol Student Innovation Awards, students heard interesting and unique stories about NASA projects. They also got the opportunity to ask Astronaut Anna Fisher questions about her experience in space.
Repsol awards three University of Texas students

Repsol awards three University of Texas students

We teamed up with the University of Texas Energy and Earth Resouces (EER) Graduate Program, which provides the opportunity for students to pursue interdisciplinary studies in areas of geosciences, engineering, management, finance, economics, law and policy for 21st-century careers in energy, minerals, water and environmental resources.
  • The Repsol Student Innovation Awards reflect the company’s mission to develop smart energy solutions to confront the energy challenges of today and the future