Dr. Ketta Garduno will become the second leader in the history of the Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science after John Martinez announced he has accepted a position in Lubbock ISD. Garduno has served as an instructor, counselor, district administrator and principal since beginning her career as a classroom teacher at Abilene High School in 1988.
NASA launched the Orion spacecraft Friday, December 5, 2014, into low-Earth orbit 3,604 miles above Earth, and it safely returned to Earth several hours later. NASA implemented student partnerships with three Texas STEM Centers: Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Tyler, and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Texas Tech T-STEM Center worked with University engineering students on the Students Shaping America's Next Spacecraft (SSANS) project.
EiE’s extended network of professional development providers keeps growing! We’re pleased to welcome De’Lila Holder, associate director of the Texas Tech University T-STEM Center in Lubbock. Holder will offer EiE workshops in Lubbock this spring; meanwhile she has already facilitated workshops in Houston, Dallas, and Presidio.
Educators often suggest that the traditional STEM topics-science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-should be joined by one more area: the arts. To explore that idea, Texas Tech University's Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and the Texas Tech T-STEM Center hosted Texas high school students and teachers at Cool STEAM Day.
Janet Nieto, a Texas Tech student who works at the Texas Tech University (TTU) T-STEM Center, is from Presidio, a small Texas town on the Mexican border. Janet feels that several factors strongly influenced her early interest in chemistry and continuing love for the discipline: an inspiring middle school teacher in Mexico, an Integrated Physics and Chemistry class at Presidio High School, and the Presidio rocketry club.
On May 16th and 17th the El Diablo Azul Formula 1 Team from Presidio ISD competed in the National Formula 1 in Schools Technology Challenge held at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Four Presidio Rocketry teams qualified for the national TARC (Team America Rocketry Challenge) finals this year! The teams traveled to Washington, DC, and Virginia on May 8-12 for the national finals.
Roscoe held the First Annual Roscoe Collegiate Secondary Project Fair the evening of April 29, 2014. It seemed that every parent, teacher, and school administrator turned out to see the students' projects and hear their presentations. Jacob Tiemann, the Early College High School Director, said that the Project Fair is a "great marketing tool" and that "parents will be talking about this for a while."
Last year and again this year, Nathan Monroe's AP English Literature and Composition students at Abilene's Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math, and Science (ATEMS) wrote scripts and performed in short plays for preschool students at Locust Early Childhood Center in Abilene.