Texas Tech University

Middle School STEM Challenge

STEM Challenge Logo

The students have been selected. Teachers and TTU students are prepped. The TTU/LISD Middle School STEM Challenge is coming soon: June 5-9!

Come support your team!

Competition Invitation

Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center & Pete Ragus Aquatic Center

The Texas Tech University STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education and the Lubbock Independent School District are joining forces again to host the 2017 Middle School STEM Challenge. The Challenge pits ten LISD middle schools against each other in a weeklong competition to design and build boats out of cardboard and duct tape.

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 boats are put to the test in the water. Each member of the team will be in the boat, and the boats will be raced in front of a panel of Texas Tech professors, staff, and parents 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, 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.