FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship

Our region was very fortunate to have the University of West Florida (UWF) step forward when Hurricane Michael damaged the venue for the Florida – Northwest FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship originally scheduled at Gulf Coast State College.

UWF’s Field House venue was amazing and the students performed out of this world (or you could say “Into Orbit“)! Congratulations to the Okaloosa STEMM Academy (OSA) for winning 2 of the 7 slots for our region to attend the State Championship. The STEMM Stingers and the STEMM SWARM teams will both be headed to Boca Raton in April. The Stingers, OSA’s veteran team, ranked 2nd in the region and will also be competing at the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas!

A big thank you to David Johnson with the Okaloosa School District for emceeing the tournament. Doolittle Institute brought in a great group of volunteers once again to set-up, judge and referee the tournament.

STEMWERX Interviews Corvette Racing Team at Daytona

The team at Chevrolet Daytona Experience at the Daytona International Speedway gave us an incredible welcome this past weekend by hosting us in their delivery center next to winner’s circle! They also arranged for the Chevrolet Racing Team to come talk with Scouts on Saturday when we brought the Andretti FASTTRACK Experience LIVE event powered by STEMWERX to the Students participating in Scout Days. Check out this interview!

Wind Tunnel Testing at ROBOTICON

Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade competed @ROBOTICONtampa and visited the wind tunnel booth hosted by STEMWERX and Andretti FAST TRACK. Students learned the physics concepts of front end splitters and rear wing assemblies. Then analyzed the data by comparing the drag, downforce and aerodynamic efficiency between a Nascar, Indy race car and sports car. Learning physics and aerodynamics by examining downforce and drag in auto racing is a fun way to be introduced to force diagrams and data analysis.

Mid-Ohio Acura Sports Car Challenge

Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves, 1st Place Prototype at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio

Great visit to Mid Ohio Raceway scouting partners and sponsors for the STEMWERX mobile motorsports lab that will provide STEM enrichment activities for middle school, college and technical students.