Houston-Galveston Post Supports STEM


When the 55th Annual Science Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) put out a request for volunteer judges, the SAME Houston-Galveston Post K-12 Committee answered the call. This wonderful event, overseen by SEFH Director Bonnie Dunbar, who is the Director of the UH Aerospace Engineering program and a retired NASA astronaut, focuses on highlighting the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Houston-GalvestonPostThis year, there were more than 1,100 Junior and Senior High School students from 16 area counties competing in 15 different categories. The Houston-Galveston Post K-12 Committee had a wonderful time. It was enlightening to hear the students talk about their projects and getting to know these wonderful analytical minds that our local schools are helping develop.

SEFH was first established as a regional fair in 1960 by the Engineers Council of Houston (now known as the Engineering, Science & Technology Council of Houston). SEFH winners then move on to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which is considered the largest and most prestigious science fair in the world.

Manvitha Katta, a high school student from Houston, was just one of two individuals whose science projects from the hundreds submitted to ISEF were selected to move on to compete against contestants from throughout the world in this year’s Taiwanese International Science Fair (TISF). Katta received a prestigious science fair medal from TISF as well as a cash prize.

The Houston-Galveston Post K-12 Committee would like to extend a thank you to the following people for making time to help connect with the local students and providing feedback on the projects that will stimulate their minds towards the future: Ramon Herrera, Robert Settle, Hector Gomez, Mike Fitzgerald, Bill Allanach, Brian Broussard and Marcel Khouw. The K-12 Committee has many other initiatives they are currently planning in support of SAME’s focus area on STEM outreach as well as ongoing engagement with local students.

For more information, visit www.houstonsame.org.

(Contributed by Keri A. Garner Hopple, SAME Houston-Galveston Post, K-12 Committee Chair)

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