2014 Middle School STEM Challenge
The Texas Tech University STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education and the Lubbock Independent School District joined forces to host the 2014 Middle School STEM Challenge. The Challenge pitted seven LISD middle schools against each other in a weeklong competition to design, construct, and race boats made only of cardboard and duct tape.
Each school sent a science teacher and four students to represent their campus in the competition. Texas Tech provided one undergraduate student to join each team in addition to providing a few "experts" to guide the teams throughout the week. The Challenge culminated in a final competition held at the LISD Pete Ragus Aquatic Center where the watercraft were put to the test in front of a panel of Texas Tech professors and staff as well as a large number of community supporters.
The Challenge was an outstanding success, and we were fortunate enough to receive some great coverage from local, LISD, and TTU media outlets. Use the links below for stories, photos, and video accounts of the 2014 Middle School STEM Challenge:
- O.L. Slaton Middle School - 0:59
Dwyer Cup Winners
- Evans Middle School - 1:05
- Smylie Wilson Middle School - 1:14
- Atikins Middle School - 1:28
Mr. Wallace Award Winners
(last to sink)
- Talkington School for Young Women Leaders - 1:32
- Mackenzie Middle School -
no time, completed 1/2 course
- Irons Middle School -
no time, did not successfully launch
- Atkins Middle School
- Evans Middle School
- Irons Middle School
- Mackenzie Middle School
- O. L. Slaton Middle School
- Smylie Wilson Middle School
- Talkington School for Young Women Leaders
- TTU STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education
- National Science Foundation
- Lubbock Independent School District
- The Halliburton Foundation
Sharing the STEM Challenge
Teachers and parents, are you interested in bringing the STEM Challenge to your school? We have compiled the materials below to give you a start in the right direction. Please contact us if you have any questions. The materials are free to use - we just ask that you let us know if you decide to use them and send us lots of photos!
- STEM Challenge Guidelines
- STEM Challenge Preview Slideshow (.pptx)
- STEM Challenge Preview Slideshow (.pdf)
For more information, e-mail Jessica Spott, Senior Project Administrator, TTU STEM-CORE.