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.

STEM Challenge Updates

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 Levi Johnson, Senior Project Administrator, TTU STEM-CORE.


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.