Texas Tech University

2015 Middle School STEM Challenge

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JUNE 8-12, 2015

Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center

The Texas Tech University STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education and the Lubbock Independent School District are joining forces again to host the 2015 Middle School STEM Challenge. The Challenge pits ten LISD middle schools against each other in a weeklong competition to design and build machines inspired by Rube Goldberg, the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist.

Each school sends a science teacher and four students to represent their campus in the competition. Texas Tech provides one undergraduate student to join each team in addition to providing a few "experts" to guide the teams throughout the week. The Challenge culminates in a final competition held at the LISD Byron Martin Advanced Learning Center where the machines are put to the test in front of a panel of Texas Tech professors, staff, and other community supporters.

Join us Friday, June 12, 2015

The completed projects will be available to view by friends and family from 12 pm - 1 pm in the Collision Shop of the LISD Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center. The Award Ceremony will take place starting at 1 pm in Room 101 in the LISD Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center.

Map of the Byron Martin Technology Center

Media Coverage

Use the links below for stories, photos, and video accounts of the 2015 Middle School STEM Challenge:

Videos of this year's projects

Visit STEM-CORE's YouTube page for videos of completed projects.

The Dwyer Cup

Students and teachers compete to bring home the Dwyer Cup to their schools for the following academic year. The cup is named after TTU STEM-CORE Director and Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Jerry Dwyer, in recognition of his efforts and dedication in improving STEM education for Lubbock students.

Participating Schools


  • 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!

Contact Information

For more information, e-mail Jessica Spott, Senior Project Administrator, TTU STEM-CORE.