Posted: 8/12/21

TAMIU TexPREP Students Recognized During Recent Virtual STEM Symposium


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Recently, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) TexPREP fourth-year students placed 3rd at the virtually-hosted Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Symposium offered through the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

In total, TAMIU TexPREP students submitted two projects for presentation at the virtual Symposium.

The winning project titled “Eco-Friendly Prosthetics” was presented by TexPREP students Brianna Canales, Hector De La Cruz, Larissa Gutiérrez, Arturo Martínez and Guillermo Ramírez.

The project explored ways to create an eco-friendly prosthetic that benefits the environment while meeting the needs of people with disabilities. The project focused on environmental friendliness, the use of eco-friendly materials and comfort for the prosthetic user.

An additional project, “Saltine Power” was presented by TexPREP students Ethan Lebron, Regina Ordoñez and Valentina Treviño. The project focused on providing power to low socioeconomic areas using saltwater.  

The STEM Symposium for TexPREP is aimed at inviting fourth-year students to participate and present group projects that encourage real-world problem-solving. The Symposium encourages student collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity and working across disciplines. 

The teams were led by TexPREP advanced science teacher Randi Hopper, Zapata High School science teacher Selina Mata and TexPREP program director Mirian Granados.    

TAMIU’s Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program is a summer enrichment program for middle school and high school students interested in the STEM fields. Through TexPREP, students interested in STEM fields learn more about the available career opportunities available.

For more information on TAMIU’s TexPREP, contact the Office of Outreach and Precollege Programs at 956.326.2700 or visit https://www.tamiu.edu/precollege/texprep/.