Eight Lufkin High School STEM Academy students are advancing to the state level in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair. The students have completed their first round of the competition submitting four-minute videos, display boards and lab notes for their projects. The first round was virtual. Those who advance to the second round will be in person at Texas A&M University March 25 – 26. The students will find out this week if they advance.
“This is the 4th year to have STEM 4 students advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair at Texas A&M University. The past two years have been virtual events, so our hope is that our students advance to the second round of the state science fair and compete “live” at Texas A&M University in College Station. We want the students to have a college experience while networking with professors from TAMU and students from across the state of Texas,” said Suzy Jungmann, STEM Coordinator.
To prepare for science fair, STEM students worked closely with Stephen F. Austin State University processors to develop research proposals. They began developing their ideas in Spring 2021 and completed their experimentation by December. Ten projects advanced to the East Texas Regional Science Fair on February 18, 2022 with four projects selected to compete at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair.
“These students have demonstrated a level of creativity, ingenuity and work ethic that is rarely seen in high school students. I have been so impressed by their dedication to their own learning by increasing their knowledge base as well as the range of specialized skills that they acquired while pursuing their goals in STEM and the Science Fair. They are truly going to make the world a better place for all of us,” said Jennifer Stover, STEM 4 Instructor.