Sci Tech to Hold EDD Presents 5.0 Conference on April 27

Fifth Annual Sci Tech EDD Presents Conference Scheduled for April 27
Posted on 04/23/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Fifth Annual Sci Tech EDD Presents Conference Scheduled for April 27MERCEDES- The Science Academy of South Texas (Sci Tech) will hold its fifth annual “Engineering Design & Development (EDD) Presents” Conference – this year dubbed “EDD Presents 5.0” – on Friday, April 27.

Karen Lozano, Ph.D., a Julia Beecherl Endowed professor in mechanical engineering at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), and founder and director of the Nanotechnology Center of Excellence, will deliver this year’s keynote address to approximately 800 students, administrators, faculty, staff and guest judges.

During the all-day conference, seniors from Sci Tech will spend the day presenting their end-of-year EDD projects to underclassmen, parents and a panel of judges formed by faculty and graduate students from UTRGV and Texas A&M University Kingsville (TAMUK), as well as community and business representatives with engineering and technical backgrounds.

The panel of judges will evaluate the projects based on a set of specific criteria, including prototype, testing results and presentation. Judges will select the top three presentations, while the Sci Tech student body will select a recipient for the Student’s Choice Award by voting through an online app developed for the event.

UTRGV is awarding scholarships to the members of the top team. This year, the Sci Tech Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO) will also award cash scholarships to students in the highest placing teams. Members of the first place team will split a $1,000 scholarship, while members of the second place team will split $700, and members of the third place team will split $500. The Student’s Choice team will receive a special award from the PTSO.

The “EDD Presents 5.0” Conference is the capstone for students enrolled in the EDD classes at Sci Tech. This course and the corresponding project have been required for students attending Sci Tech for many years. This year, there will be 48 two-to-four-person teams presenting projects throughout the day.

At the beginning of the year, students were tasked with identifying a problem and developing a solution to that problem by using the engineering process. The problems that students will tackle this year range from preventing death and injury from flooding, preventing infections in prostheses, improving angioplasty guidewires, providing access to clean water in developing countries, and much more. Students are taught and encouraged to be innovative in their thinking; several students have even received patents on their EDD projects in the past.

The conference will open at 9:00 a.m., with a welcome by Marla Guerra, Ed.D., STISD superintendent of schools, and a keynote presentation by Dr. Lozano at 9:30 a.m. This will lead into the preliminary presentation sessions from 10:10 – 10:50 a.m., 11:00 – 11:40 a.m., and 11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Students will break for lunch at 12:30 p.m. and return for the afternoon final sessions in the gymnasium from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The top three teams from the preliminary round will give their presentation in front of a new judging panel, as well as the entire school student and instructor population, and shortly after, the awards ceremony will take place.