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The ENpowered Games Returns for its 7th year

Project Syncere Makes STEM Fun

All teams started out strong and had about an hour to build and code their robots.

Project Syncere recently hosted its 7th annual ENpowered Games at Wintrust Arena. If you are not familiar with Project Syncere, then you should know that they work with the youth of Chicago from different elementary schools and teach them coding, how to build their own robot and much more with engineering.

This friendly competition kicked off at 10:00 am and featured 12 schools from across the city: Grimes, Sumner, West Park, Azuela, Mcdade, Holy Angel’s, Earhart, Bronzeville, Addams, Longwood, Tanner, and Powell. All teams started out strong and had about an hour to build and code their robots. After the first round, judges went around to score the contestants then they kicked off round two. During this second round, contestants had to recode their robots to copy a certain movement.

After round two was done, the students then played a quick game of Kahoot and that finished everything off. Once that was over, the Kahoot students got ready for the award ceremony. Azuela ended up taking home first place, Bronzeville came in second place, and Addams left with the third place award.

The Project Syncere ENpowered program focuses on developing students’ skills in engineering design, critical thinking, and collaboration. The goal is to increase America’s talent pool by improving STEM education for under-represented youth. Through their participation in this comprehensive STEM competition, students will have an increased aptitude and appreciation for the STEM fields.

Azuela students ended up taking home first place.

“It’s really important for young people to have the opportunities to engage early and often in STEM. It’s like playing basketball or playing a musical instrument; it’s not a one-time thing,” said Project Syncere Executive Director and Co-Founder Jason Coleman. “If you really want to master these skills, kids need continuous opportunities to build their skills in these areas. And that’s what the ENpowered Games are about, but overall Project Syncere is about providing those continuous pathways for young people to stay engaged in STEM.”

For more information about Project Syncere or the ENpowered Games, visit their website at projectsyncere.org.

By Christopher Lockridge

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*Marquis Sewell contributed to this article.

 

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Written by Christopher Lockridge

Hey. I'm Lock and I'm a very chill person. I adapt to my environment and I'm unpredictable, so expect the unexpected. 

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