Troy, New York – On April 28 2018 three brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. met while coaching their respective teams at the Ten80 Education National STEM League Finals. This international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) competition was hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
During this competition, more than 50 middle and high school teams competed for the Grand Championship, where students tested their innovation skills in the Student Racing and Student Rover Challenge competitions. The National STEM League Finals are the conclusion of yearlong curriculums in which students think innovatively about how engineering can improve personal, academic and professional pursuits. Brother Chadwick Hawking (XI Chapter, Spring 2001) brought his team “Knight Riderz” from Columbia SC, Brother Demetrius Jackson (Delta Omega Chapter, Spring 2012) brought his team “Lone Star Motorsport” for San Antonio TX, and Brother Lionel Pittman (Sigma Omega Chapter, Spring 2013) brought his team “BE4ST” from Chicago IL. In between the student competitions the brothers fellowshipped and reflected on the importance of mentorship through STEM learning in the African American community.
Brother Jackson’s team won the Grand Championship in the Middle School Division and, Brother Pittman’s, team won the Grand Championship in the High School Division and took 2nd place in the Autonomous Rover Competition. From its inception, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., has been intertwined in the STEM community, and these brothers are assurance that the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., has a continued and lasting impact on the STEM field.