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