Texas Tech University

Middle School STEM Challenge

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2016 Winner: O.L. Slaton!

JUNE 6-10, 2016

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 2016 Middle School STEM Challenge. The Challenge pits ten LISD middle schools against each other in a weeklong competition to design and build machines.

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 where the machines are put to the test in front of a panel of Texas Tech professors, staff, and other community supporters.

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 former 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 (STEM-CORE)
  • Lubbock Independent School District (LISD)

Contact Information

For more information, please e-mail STEM-CORE.