On Monday, San Elizario ISD officials announced the winners in their 4th annual STEM Tank Innovator Competition.
Students were asked to submit an “invention,” which they create using components that already exist, or an “innovation,” which they create from scratch.
While the projects were based on global issues, students were encouraged to think about what they perceive as needed, based on their own passions. The teams consisted of 2 to 4 students, practicing what SEISD officials call the ’21st Century Skill of collaboration.’
Third through 6th grade students from Alarcon, Borrego, and Sambrano Elementary competed for the top innovator award by presenting their prototypes with an elevator pitch.
“This hands-on, collaborative learning makes academic vocabulary come to life, as well as real world issues,” District officials shared. “the experience helped students to further develop and refine their presentation skills in addition to building confidence in a supportive, fun environment. ”
In the 3rd and 4th grade category, the top innovators were:
* 1st Place – Borrego Elementary: Michal Hernandez, Gabrielle Hernandez, Anissa Herrera, and Vienna Azua
* 2nd Place – Alarcon Elementary: Jose Montoya, Ismael, and Saul Marquez
* 3rd Place – Alarcon Elementary: Yazbeth Otero
In the 5th and 6th grade category, the top innovators were:
* 1st Place – Alarcon Elementary: Evelyn Woods & Sofia Alvarez
* 2nd Place – Borrego Elementary: Jessica Arzaga, Gina Acevedo, Bryanna Moreno, and Sofia Jimenez
*3rd Place – Alarcon Elementary: Andrea Gonzalez, Mariana Morales, and Elizabeth Martinez
The competition took place on May 30, 2019