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Tech Titans, the largest technology trade association in Texas with a particular interest in building the tech workforce of tomorrow, hosted a STEM video contest amongst high school and university students in the fall.  The goal of the contest was to fill the Tech Titans resource vault that provides professionals and educators compelling content to share with students about the benefits of choosing a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) track as they are educating themselves for a future career. The effort is sponsored by this year’s STEM sponsor State Farm.

The top two winners of the Tech Titans STEM video contest were from DeSoto High School. Pictured are Bob Hill, head of the Tech Titans STEM talent team; Steve Macias, winner; LaShonda Petty, STEM teacher; Cordejah Walker, winner; and Lisa Frey from sponsor State Farm.

Videos targeted elementary students, describe a technology, create excitement about its future and how they can play a part. The targeted areas included Internet of Things, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles or robotics.

Volunteers, including technical experts, educators and video production teams, judged the entries. Two winners received $1000 for their entries, with two more in finalist positions and another team as a special award.


The student videos may be viewed on the Tech Titans YouTube channel.
 
The Tech Titans team plans on hosting year 2 in the fall of 2017, and expects to have an additional set of inspiring videos from creative students targeted to younger aspiring students.

Winner's from this year's contest include:
Winner 3D/4D Printing: Steven Macias, DeSoto High
Winner Robotics – Cordejah Walker, DeSoto High
Finalist Robotics – Andrea Nguyen, Foster High
Special Award, all technologies: The STEMducational Newscast, RL Turner High, Carrollton-Farmers Branch
Special Mention, Autonomous Vehicles: Zhi Su, DeSoto High