Student Outreach

Student Outreach

San Antonio Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (SABEST) is looking for mentors to help local middle and high school students through the six-week-long process of designing and constructing a remote-controlled robot.
 
The purpose of SABEST is to generate interest in science and technology careers among middle and high school students by exposing them to an engineering challenge.  Thirty-two teams from area schools are expected to partici­pate in this year's competition, to be held at St. Mary's University Sunday, October 26. Mentor activities will begin with a kick­off event Saturday, September 13, when the teams receive the con­struction materials and the rules for this year's game, "Just Plane Crazy."
 
Teams generally meet at their schools after the end of the school day several times a week during the six weeks between the kickoff and the competition. Mentor sup­port during some, or all, of these meetings is vital to the student's overall experience. Mentors don't need any prior radio-control or robotics experience, just some time and the desire to help stu­dents learn about science and engineering through hands-on experience.
 
Visit the SABEST web site (www.sabest.org) for more informa­tion or to sign up to mentor a team. On the site, you will also find a list of schools that could use your help. Other volunteer help such as judg­ing and refereeing is also needed for game-day activities. If you have any questions, please contact either of the following:
 
Principal Engineer Terry Grimley (Mechanical and Materials Engineering Division, 18) at (210) 522-2353 or terry.grimley@swri.org.
Principal Engineer Jon Cutshall (Mechanical and Materials Engineering Division, 18) at (210) 522-3016 or jon.cutshall@swri.org .