St. Agnes Team Progresses In Engineering Contest
St. Agnes Academy’s Engineering Team will advance to the regional Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) competition at Texas Tech University this month following a second-place finish at the Oct. 23 North Houston BEST contest. The 15-year-old St. Agnes team has finished second at BEST for the past five years.
BEST promotes science and engineering in high school and junior high school students across the country by empowering students to build robotic devices. The St. Agnes team, led by physics teacher Harold Burris, was charged this year to build a robot capable of collecting materials to construct a molecule. The team had six weeks to design, build and test their robot prior to the competition, as well as prepare a presentation and supporting documentation.
Team members are Katie Armstrong (captain), Kristi Belcher, Mackenzie Koetting, Kelly Davis, Anna Morales, Jessica Nguyen, Michelle Rigsby, Andie Price, Laura Mason, Carla Resendez, Jenny Flam, Gabby Greiner, Catherine Hernandez and Ann Meister.
A grant from the ExxonMobil Corporation enables the St. Agnes team to purchase the tools and materials needed to compete.