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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Principal Engineer Jon Cutshall (Mechanical and Materials Engineering Division, 18) at (210) 522-3016 or email@example.com .