South Texas Students Practice STEM Skills During Coastal Bend Engineering Competition

Published: October 17, 2018

South Texas Students Practice STEM Skills During Coastal Bend Engineering Competition

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Each year, students from across South Texas gather at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to flex their scientific muscles in a hands-on engineering competition. This year marks the seventh anniversary of that contest – the Coastal Bend Engineering Competition.

The Coastal Bend Engineering Competition’s goal is to allow students to experience engineering in a fun, hands-on fashion. In this year’s competition, student teams created two telegraphy devices using pre-assigned materials to transmit messages from one part of their team across a 40-foot distance to the other half of their team using only the sounds of their device. Students were provided with a sheet of Morse code to which they could add additional code signals and the team that could deliver a message the fastest received the most points.

“Over eight years of successful engineering events, such as the 2017 Binary Game, led to the 2018 Telegraph competition,” said John Gonzalez, laboratory coordinator II in the Department of Engineering. “This is a rigorous event where students are required to use proto boards, transistors, and wire, all in a five-hour challenge – it’s a real testament of staff and faculty coordination.”

Of the 55 teams that participated, three teams from the high school division and three teams from the middle school division earned awards. Teams were selected to receive awards based on total points earned.

This year’s winners were:

High School Division

  • 1st place – Team Sparks from John Jay High School in San Antonio
  • 2nd place – Team Vaqueros from San Diego High School in San Diego, Texas
  • 3rd place – Team Flour Bluff from Flour Bluff High School

Middle School Division

  • 1st place – Team Angels 3 from Incarnate Word Academy
  • 2nd place – Team Marauders #1 from Smith Middle School in Sinton
  • 3rd place – Team Marauders #2 from Smith Middle School in Sinton
To see a full album of pictures from the Coastal Bend Engineering Competition, click here.