Last Updated on October 11, 2016 by Andre Loftis

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On August 24, Justin Blue, a senior from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, CA competed in the National Blacks In Government (BIG) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics-Student Competition (STEM-SC) and earned the First Place. 

Blue was provided full transportation and lodging to participate at the competition in Atlantic City, NJ. As the BIG National First Place STEM-SC winner, Justin also received a plaque and a $1000 scholarship. Upon graduation in June, Blue plans to attend college and pursue a dual major in Electrical and Mechanical engineering.

This year, the STEM-SC focused on robotics technology; specifically building and programming a functional SumoBot robot. The official theme was: “Exploring the Capability of Robotics Engineering.”

The competition was designed to introduce and encourage 9th-12th grade students to embrace STEM concepts and professions, giving the students a quality learning experience and challenge to develop important STEM competencies.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”65874″ img_size=”400×267″][vc_column_text]The competition promoted the concepts of the engineering process, teamwork, creativity, positive attitude, and enthusiasm. Students were required to give an oral presentation at the chapter, regional, and national competitions on robotics and their educational journey based on their documentations.

Blacks In Government also conducts Student Oratorical competitions that give students a chance to showcase their oral and written communication skills. More detailed information about the Blacks In Government Student Oratorical and STEM competitions can be found at: To connect with the local Greater Riverside STEM Chapter regarding student workshops and chapter level competitions coming in 2017, please contact Karon Myles, (909) 938-7521.

The Blacks In Government organization is a non-profit organization and an advocate of equal opportunity and professional development for Black government employees at the Local, State and Federal government levels and others dedicated to justice for all. BIG’s goals are to promote EQUITY in all aspects of American life, EXCELLENCE in public service, and OPPORTUNITY for all Americans.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text el_class=”small”]Karon Myles

Photos: Justin Blue[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]