South Texas Engineering Alliance

STC Hosts the 4th Annual STEA Engineering Design Fair

On April 26, 2014 South Texas College hosted the fourth annual STEA Engineering Design Fair at the Pecan Campus. STEA stands for South Texas Engineering Alliance which consists of ten universities and colleges. Member intuitions formed the South Texas Engineering Alliance to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering and computing sciences. The Engineering Design Fair is driven by the need for more engineers and engineering technologists in today's society.

The STEA Members have sponsored local area competitions to designate middle school and high school student teams that will participate in the Annual STEA Engineering Design Fair. The schools that participated in this year's competition where Robstown High School (2 teams), Seale Junior High School, Kaffie Middle School, and Harmony Science Academy - Brownsville. The Engineering Design Fair rotates from one 2 or 4-year institution to another. Much like a science fair, the Engineering Design Fair is established to develop students' skills in teamwork, communication, writing, creative thinking and problem solving. A science fair implements the scientific method to develop such skills in an individual student while the Engineering Design Fair will focus on the steps of the design process to develop these skills in a team of students. The winners of the high school level competitions each is awarded a $1000 scholarship that they can use at any of the ten STEA member institutions. This year's high school winners where from Robstown High School. Their team designed a system to produce ethanol from switched grass fermentation in which the heat source for the process is powered by an ocean wave electrical generator.

Members of STEA include universities and colleges from Coastal Bend College, Del Mar College, Laredo Community College, South Texas College, Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas State Technical College, The University of Texas at Brownsville, Texas Southmost College, and The University of Texas-Pan American. Coordinators of the event were Martin Knecht from South Texas College and Korinne Caruso from Texas A&M - Corpus Cristi. Volunteer judges for the event where STC instructors Dr. Guanghua Xu, Mr. Noell Punsalan, Mr. Mario Lopez, Mr. Rommel Garza, Mr. Andres Romero and engineering student volunteer judge Danny Diaz.