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STEM Initiative Index

Welcome to the STEM-CORE Initiative Index. This is the first step in an effort to provide a comprehensive list of all STEM-related outreach and education activities from across the University. Each list item contains a title, a web link, and a point of contact. If you have any format suggestions, see an error, or are affiliated with a program which is not listed below, please contact webmaster.stem@ttu.edu with corrections.

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AAUW Mother-Daughter Program

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Carol Korzeniewski (and Melanie Barnes)

In partnership with colleges at TTU and Lubbock-area schools, the AAUW M-D program engages 6th grade girls who would be the first in their families to attend college, together with their mothers, in activities that strengthen academic skills, broaden understanding of opportunities, and inform about practical aspects of attending college.

 

Ag in the Bag - Bubbles in Food

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Leslie Thompson

As part of the Ag in the Bag program sponsored in the CASNR, 4th grade students are exposed to the importance of the incorporation of gasses in foods and are given the microbiological, physical and chemical basis of the creation of gases and bubbles in foods. About 1300 students from the South Plains participated in a three-day outreach activity.

 

Applied Math Program

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Brock Williams

The Applied Math Program (AMP) hosts students from outside the US for a two-week summer math research experience.

 

CASE - Curriculum for Ag Science Education

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Jonathan Ulmer

TTU Ag Education is Cooperating with CASE to deliver professional Development to in-service teachers. To teach the inquiry-based, STEM integrated curriculum, teachers must complete professional development. Additionally all Ag Ed certified graduates will be certified/trained to teach on CASE course.

 

Catch the Engineering Bug

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Hannah Boland

Hands-on Engineering Activities for Girls in Middle Schools

 

Class on a Chip

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Tim Dallas

MEMS are microscale technologies found in many smart phones, gaming controllers, and video displays. They are vivid examples of applied STEM. MEMS presentations include slides, videos, and live demonstrations of dynamic microdevices, including a 1mm diameter micromotor and micro-actuators that heat to 600ºC and then instantly cool to room temperature.

  

Emmy Noether Day

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Magdalena Toda

Emmy Nother Day is the Math Department's annual outreach event for high school girls. Participants learn about math, explore careers that use math, and are encouraged to pursue further math education.

 

FIRST Robotics

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Richard Gale

FIRST Robotics is an international robotics competition for high school students. Team 1817 was formed 8 years ago and has generated enough interest to create 14 new teams in the area and start a regional competition.

 

Get Excited About Robotics

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Tanja Karp

Annual 8 week long LEGO robotics program for students in elementary and middle school

 

Halliburton/TTU STEM club

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Mary Baker

This initiative supports middle school math and science clubs to encourage middle school students to participate in STEM competitions like Mathcounts and Science Fair.

 

Haragan Lecture Series

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Lou Densmore

Since 2001, this STEM lecture series honoring TTU President Emeritus, Dr. Don Haragan. As a first step in assuring the continuation of this series, Dr. Haragan himself established the President Donald R. Haragan Lecture Series Endowment, which partners with CISER each year to bring international STEM leaders to speak to the TTU system and surrounding communities.

 

Helen I Medley Award

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Brock Williams

Begun by Dr. Roger W. Barnard, this award recogizes math teaches in West Texas who make a difference in their students lives. We visit school campuses to interview nominees and to promote awareness of other STEM outreach initiatives.

 

Jump2Health

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Debra B. Reed

Multidisciplinary team of faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students (representing 5 Departments) have developed a web-based intervention, Jump2Health (http://jump2health.com/ ) for parents of preschool children. Website focuses on 7 Healthy Habits for the prevention of childhood obesity. Phase V testing is underway with the ultimate goal of implementation in military populations.

 

LEGO Robotics Field Trips

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Tanja Karp

Daylong LEGO robotics field trip to TTU for students in grades 2-12

 

Malaysian Bat Education Adventure

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Tigga Kingston

The Malaysian Bat Education Adventure (Dr. Tigga Kingston, Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Mark McGinley, Honors College, and Danny Squire, College of Education) uses the biology of Malaysian bats as the focus for a biology curriculum and educational activities that involves students in authentic field research.

 

Night at the Science Spectrum

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Kate Lewis

Engineering event at Science Spectrum for girls in Middle School

 

Plains Bridges to the Baccalaureate

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Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell

This initiative supports community college students to explore STEM careers and transfer to a four-year university.

 

Proactive Recruitment of Introductory Science and Mathematics (PRISM)

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Brock Williams

The Texas Tech University PRISM Initiative is broken into two programs: the Pre-College Research PRISM (PRE-PRISM) Program, and the PRISM Scholars Program. PRE-PRISM Scholars participate during the summer between their junior and senior year of high school, and they automatically receive preferred admission status for the PRISM Scholars Program which targets Texas Tech freshmen and sophomores majoring in mathematics or biology.

 

Proyecto English Language Science and Mathematics Education

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Zenaida Aguirre-Muñoz

Proyecto EL SMED is a five year professional development grant for teachers in grades K-6 in Lubbock ISD and Frenship ISD which provides a graduate certificate in Multidisciplinary Studies. The program improves classroom instruction for English Learners (ELs) in science and mathematics education by on-going and intensive professional development activities. For eligible teachers, the grant can provide a Masters in Multidisciplinary Studies.

 

REU: Declarative Approaches to Knowledge Intensive Applications

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Yuanlin Zhang

In this Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, students will have the opportunity to learn state of the art of declarative programming and to work together with their mentors on applying declarative programming to solve challenging research problems in the areas of great societal impact including cybersecurity, energy, healthcare, and space exploration. Financial support will be offered to the participants so that they can work full time during this 10-week program.

 

Run On The Wind

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Heather Martinez

Ensuring the growth of this clean energy source is largely dependent upon creating a competent well-educated workforce. Run on The Wind will provide young scholars an introduction to the field of wind science and an opportunity to consider wind science as a future academic pursuit.

 

Science: It's a Girl Thing

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Heather Martinez

Science: It's A Girl Thing is a residential camp for girls. The goals are to provide girls with strong role models and dispel myths and misconceptions about science and careers in science.

 

Service Learning in First Year Engineering Curriculum

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Tanja Karp

Students learn engineering design and 21st century skills through mentoring of a LEGO robotics competition

 

STEM activities with high school students

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Tina Delahunty

As part of a Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative project, high school students are exploring methods used in the planning and development of Doe Mountain Recreation Area in eastern Tennessee.

 

STEM through Food Science

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Leslie Thompson

Students from Christ the King High School attend outreach classes and labs in food and meat science with an emphasis on the chemistry and microbiology involved in the science and technology in food production. Two of the students are conducting research in food science labs at TTU for their science fair projects.

 

Texas FFA Agriscience Fair

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Rudy Ritz

Students use the scientific process in principles they have learned in agriscience courses. Students prepare a scientific report and display at the Texas FFA Convention in July.

 

Texas Tech Summer College Experience

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Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell

This was a week long residential camp for rising seniors from South Texas to promote college readiness and there was an emphasis on STEM.

 

TexPREP-Lubbock

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Jim Brown

The Lubbock Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (TexPREP-Lubbock) is a math, science, and engineering summer enrichment program for 6th - 11th graders. We prepare students (including minorities and women) to major in math, science, and engineering in college.

 

The Best and the Brightest: Research Forum 

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Roman Taraban 

An annual gathering of TTU/HHMI Scholars that takes place in mid-September. Scholars present their research from the previous year and new ideas in a collegial atmosphere of sharing and discussion. The event is open to the University Community.

 

The Encyclopedia of Earth

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Mark McGinley

The Encyclopedia of Earth is an online source information about the environment. All articles are written by experts and peer reviewed. Dr. Mark McGinley, Associate Professor in the Honors College and Biological Sciences, is the Editor-in- Chief and Tech grad Sherri Haertling is Managing Editor (funded by TTU Honors College).

 

TTU/HHMI Graduate Teaching Scholars Program

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Dr. Stephanie Lockwood

This program supports graduate/post-doctoral students as mentors for new Teaching Assistants as a part of the new Biology courses to better train TAs and undergraduates who are planning to attend graduate school. The courses focus on teaching methods, curriculum development, and classroom and course management, to help prepare students for positions in academia.

 

TTU/HHMI Undergraduate Research Program @ CISER

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Julie Isom

We support undergraduate research/technology/science education Scholars to work year-round with faculty mentors, present and publish their results; 2) provide guidance, training, funding and assessment for research and professional travel/presentations and career planning; 3) support and advise the TTU/HHMI Scholar Service Organization to sponsor/attend events that engage them in STEM and to recruit underrepresented minorities in STEM.

 

West Texas BEST - Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology

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Richard Gale

BEST reachs 500 student participants at 25 high schools in the region. It's a six week design and construction competition offered free to participating schools.

 

World MOON Project

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Walter Smith

Students from all over the world are asked to observe the moon and identify patterns to gain a deeper understanding about the moon's appearance. Short essays based on student observations are collected by the World MOON Project. Participants then receive a packet of essays from other parts of the world so students are given both a local and global perspective. MOON is an acronym that stands for "More Observation Of Nature," and students learn to observe nature firsthand and are engaged in global collaboration. Teachers may choose to emphasize different aspects of the project to meet their own needs, and participation in the World MOON Project can emphasize curricular goals in one or more of the following areas: Lunar phases Inquiry skills, Nature of science

 

Young Women in Mathematics

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Raegan Higgins

The Young Women in Mathematics organization is an informal math club for women undergraduate and graduate students.