Building STEM Skills
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education is the focus of much discussion these days. Jobs in STEM fields are plentiful and lucrative, but the number of students interested in these careers is not keeping up with demand, especially in the cases of females and people of color.
TCEA’s robotics contests give students the opportunity to develop STEM skills with hands-on, collaborative projects. Students from elementary (Intermediate) and secondary (Advanced) schools design, collaborate, plan, redesign, construct, create, assemble, invent, reinvent, write, present, and compete to see who has developed a winning robot.
There are two distinct categories in the TCEA Robotics Contest. The Arena competition is a prescribed problem contest where students program their robot to accomplish a list of specific tasks. The Inventions competition is open-ended; students choose a real-world problem and create a robotic solution. They use marketing, programming, writing, constructing, and presentation skills as part of this competition.
Whether your team will be competing in Arena or Inventions, all participants must read and abide by the official rules.
TCEA Robotics Contests are held in each of the twenty areas of the state of Texas. Teams are invited to compete in one of the following four categories:
- Intermediate Arena
- Intermediate Inventions
- Advanced Arena
- Advanced Inventions
Area Contests Registration
Registration is open from November 9, 2016 – November 22, 2016.
Registration fee: $50 per team