EDMOND — Learning isn't taking a vacation for nine Edmond middle schoolers as they prepare to compete in the national Technology Student Association conference, June 20-25 at the Opryland Resort Convention Center in Nashville.
TSA officials are expecting about 5,000 people.
Among them are teams from Summit Middle School that excelled at state Technology Student Association competition last month in Stillwater — winning in various academic and scientific events.
“I'm so proud of all the work my students have done above and beyond their school day and during their summer vacation. They have truly achieved some ground- breaking accomplishments this past month,” said eighth-grade Summit teacher Jill Sullins.
Sullins and 13 other adults will accompany the students as they compete against some of the brightest. Nationwide, about 150,000 middle and high school students are members of the association, aspiring to future engineers, scientists and technology experts.
One of the events closely associated with the competition involves robotics. The four-member Summit team put together a robot that can scoop balls and place them in cylindrical holders.
Members of the robotics team are Don Wright, Max Huss, Jackson Baker and Kyle Vorheis. It is part of the group's approach to academic challenges, where STEM concepts are applied. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Jackson described competing in the event in Stillwater last month.
“There were several qualifying rounds,” he said. “We competed against some high schoolers.”
Don Wright said the team members combined their talents in design, engineering and programming to design the robot.
“It gives us a chance to sharpen skills and get trophies,” Huss said.
Sullins said the association “gives them responsibility as they take on a project and meet deadlines. The students brainstorm and agree on a product.”
The Summit team is seeking sponsorships to help pay for the trip. If you can help, please email Sullins at Jill.Sullins@edmondschools.net.
In addition to robotics, the following teams or individuals will compete:
Website design: Jackson Baker, Max Huss and David Brickman.
Inventions and Innovations: Max Huss and Jackson Baker
Problem Solving: Max Huss and Jackson Baker
Leadership Strategies: Ethan Vong, Kichang Song and Yumin Song
Flight: David Brickman
Electrical Applications: Jackson Baker
Prepared Speech and Career Preparation: Amanda Scroggins