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HESTEC kicks off with SeaPerch Challenge in Brownsville on Jan. 17

Approximately 140 Rio Grande Valley high school students will compete Jan. 17 in the 2020 SeaPerch Challenge hosted by UTRGV in partnership with the U.S. Navy. This competition will kick-start a new format to Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) this spring semester. The new structure for HESTEC, a nationally recognized model for promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers to students of all ages in the Rio Grande Valley, will feature several events throughout the year at both UTRGV campuses in Brownsville and Edinburg. Also this month, HESTEC will host GEAR UP Days for UTRGV GEAR UP students in Edinburg and Brownsville on Jan. 28-30. Students competing in this regional event, which will be held at the Brownsville ISD Aquatic Center, will utilize their robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics skills while building an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) as part of the competition. A total of 27 teams made up of five students each are judged on their robot’s design, as well as the accuracy of their aquatic droid in navigating through an underwater obstacle course. The schedule for the day includes the following: • 7:30 a.m. – Students arrive at venue. • 8:30 a.m. – Short program with welcome remarks. • 9 a.m. – Competition begins. • 3:30 p.m. – Awards ceremony. First and second place winners will advance to the National SeaPerch Challenge, May 30-31, 2020, at the University of Maryland. For more information, click here.

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