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Four Presidio students place at state STEM competition

April 13th, 2017 under Education
(photo courtesy of PATRICIA DIMAPILIS) From left, Alejandra Valles, John Arcayan and Robert Loya take home awards in the categories of math, science and engineering.

(photo courtesy of PATRICIA DIMAPILIS)
From left, Alejandra Valles, John Arcayan and Robert Loya take home awards in the categories of math, science and engineering.

PRESIDIO — Eleven Presidio middle and high school students competed at this year’s Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering state Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition in San Antonio on April 8. Presidio students Damaris Peraza, Alejandra Valles, John Arcayan and Robert Ioya placed in their events.

The 2017 state Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Competition was hosted by CPS Energy at the La Villita Assembly Hall in San Antonio, Texas. More than 300 qualifying students from different Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) chapters across Texas competed.

Presidio sixth grader Robert Loya won first place in the math and science test.

Presidio student Damaris Peraza was on the team that won a first place performance award in the Engineering Design Challenge.

Alejandra Valles was on the team that won the second place performance award, and John Arcayan was on the fourth place team.

The events tested students’ STEM skills through collaborative engineering challenges and an individual combined Math and Science timed test. The students also watched a film about “Microgravity” to see a taste of the universe at the IMAX theater and also received great giveaways and prizes during the event.

“The students displayed an awesome performance of their STEM knowledge and skills,” according to Presidio High School science instructor Patricia Dimapilis.

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