Physics Teacher Jim Konyha Takes 25 Students to U of A for a STEM Challenge

Posted by Community Relations at 3/4/2015

Physics teacher Jim Konyha took 25 students, primarily from his Physics classes, to the U of A for a STEM Challenge, February 12, joining hundreds of high school students. Their challenge was to build a solar car that can escape a pack of zombie toy soldiers set in the apocalyptic future. The students grouped in teams of six designed, tested and built their mini survival cars in the Student Union Memorial Center. The teams presented their cars to a panel of judges, and a team from Trevor Browne placed 2nd. Team members were Lupe Velasquez, Ricardo Parra, and Carlos Hernandez. This interactive workshop was a part of an annual STEM outreach program.

One of the organizers for the event was TGB alumnus Jaime Goytia, and another former Bruin, Gabriel Mercado was also working the event. Both students scored ‘5’ on the AP Calculus exam their senior year at Browne. They are now juniors at U of A.