STEM+Art Fiesta Introduces Architecture Competition

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February 4, 2016

EL PASO, TX (February 4, 2016) The 2016 STEM+Art Fiesta Committee is pleased to announce “Living on Mars”, which is the newest addition to the competition lineup.  The Texas Tech School of Architecture is sponsoring the competition which invites students to design a house for three astronauts who are sent to Mars to cohabitate while working together in the same space.  Student entries must include an airtight living space which includes a laboratory geared for experiments as well as living and entertainment areas.  Successful entries will address areas for socializing and sports activities.

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“We really want the students to think about what it is like to live on a planet where humans cannot breathe the air.  The judges from Texas Tech are going to want to see entries that include outdoor spaces on Mars, where the astronauts would be able to breathe freely.  There are dust storms on Mars to consider as well,” said Joseph Sapien, STEM Lead for Workforce Solutions Borderplex.

“This is an exciting opportunity to not only have a dialogue with the future generation, but to also learn from their imagination, which is born with space exploration and global connectivity as standard daily contexts,” explained Ersela Kripa, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Texas Tech University El Paso.  “We, at the College of Architecture, are excited to see what the future of the design profession holds.”

The due date for entries is 5:00p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016.  A printed board and physical model are required.

To learn more about this and other STEM competitions, visit Registration is free and located on the STEM page. Students will compete for monetary prizes and school recognition.

For more information on how to get involved with Workforce Solutions Borderplex STEM program, please contact Joseph Sapien, STEM Lead for Workforce Solutions Borderplex, at (915) 240-5571 or by email at