Junior High School Competitions

First Lego League

In the fall of 2010, the San Antonio City Wide NSBE Jr. Chapter,  with the assistance of the San Antonio Alumni Chapter,  participated in the First Lego League Body Forward Challenge for students in 4th – 8th grades.  This was a biomedical challenge and both of our teams qualified to attend Central Texas Regional Championship in January of 2011.

GEAR Robotics

In the spring of 2010, the San Antonio City Wide NSBE Jr. Chapter, with the assistance of the San Antonio Alumni Chapter, participated in GEAR Robotics for the first time.  This program allowed elementary and middle school students who could not travel to NSBE conferences to participate in robotics competitions. GEAR stands for Getting Excited About Robotics.  All teams had to design a robot which could complete a certain obstacle course over a five week period.  This was particularly challenging for our students because they only met on weekends to practice.


To secure America's global competitiveness, MATHCOUNTS inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging math programs.  MATHCOUNTS has partnered with NSBE to provide this competition for NSBE middle school members at Fall Regional Conference and National Convention.  San Antonio City Wide Chapter had two teams participate in MATHCOUNTS at 2010 Fall Regional Conference and one chapter place 3rd at the National Competition.

NSBE Engineering Design Competition

Since 2007, the San Antonio City Wide NSBE Jr. chapter started participating in the NSBE Engineering Design Competition (“EDC”).  The purpose of the robotics competitions is to provide pre-college students with a hands-on, team oriented, collaborative activity that involves mathematics, physics, mechanical engineering, software engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and industrial engineering using Lego Mindstorm NXT Robotics kits. The chapter has won the regional competition for four consecutive years and the National Competition for three consecutive years.

The Ten80 Student Racing Challenge: As part of the Ten80 National STEM League, middle and high school students compete using electric radio controlled (RC) cars.  Students create the cars and work together in ways that parallel the arduous preparation of racing teams in the months leading up to each race.  Student teams showcase their work and compete both online and in person (locally and nationally).