Kelton T-STEM Academy Students
Texas Tech Engineers for a Day
Educate Texas T-STEM Initiative
The Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Initiative offers a fundamental approach to empower teachers, inspire students, and advance the studies in these four fields. The public-private initiative of academies, professional development centers and networks is designed to improve instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects at secondary schools.
January 23, 2012
Middle and high school students and teachers from Kelton ISD spent Friday, January 20, 2012, touring the Texas Tech University campus and learning more about STEM education and careers. The day’s events, hosted by the TTU T-STEM Academy, included a special welcome by Dr. Al Sacco, Dean, and workshops on computational thinking and engineering ethics presented by Dr. William Marcy, Executive Director of the TTU T-STEM Center and National Institute for Engineering Ethics/Murdough Center for Engineering Ethics, and Richard Burgess, Deputy Director for Distance Learning at the Murdough Center for Engineering Ethics.
In addition, Kelton ISD guests were treated to tours in engineering labs including: Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Nanotechnology, Dr. Tim Dallas; Robotics, Dr. Mohan Sridharan; and New Student Orientation and Financial Aid, Jamie L. Perez.
Kelton ISD, recently designated as a T-STEM school, is participating in a CPATH project sponsored by the Texas Tech T-STEM Academy and Department of Computer Science. Eighteen students and four STEM teachers will coordinate efforts with TTU engineering students to collect and examine data from weather stations throughout the spring semester. Those participating in the study include: 7th graders Sarah Garner, Chelsie Jasper, Taylor Riley, and Jimmy Westbrook; 8th graders Rachel Blackburn, Felicia Butler, Reona Dyck, and Quentin Parker; 9th graders Leslie Alvarado, Manuel Esparza, Cheyenne Powell, and Tylor Bronson; and, 10th graders Jessica Alls, Cierra Alvarado, Paloma Contreras, Chantelle Hampton, and Charmayne Hampton. Kelton teachers and administrators include: Mary Burns, math; Roy Herndon, science; Aletha Bentley, technology; and Jay and Dawn Watson, administrators.
Article contributed by Dr. Beccy Hambright, Texas Tech University T-STEM Center, Lubbock, Texas