The Advanced Inventions Team won first place and the Advanced Arena Team won second place in the January Texas Computer Education Association Area 17 Contest this year at Lubbock High School and will advanced to State competition in Houston April 11-13.
The students are now enrolled in a virtual classroom and learning about science and engineering, NASA, and the space program. For each lesson, students may read assignments, take quizzes, work on problems, create designs, and/or write reports. The group recently finished work on de-orbit burn, and they each designed a spacecraft that could go from low Earth orbit to a planet or an asteroid.
Debris removers, pooper-scoopers, bomb detectors and pet companions: these were just a few of the robots at the Texas Computer Education Association Area 16 Robotics Competition on Saturday. Debbie Boyer, TCEA Area 16 director, said 126 students from area school districts, grades 4 to 12, made up 39 teams that designed and programmed Lego-based robots. The competition at Region 16 headquarters included arena and inventions competitions.
If you want to know how to get successful agriculture grants, talk to Shallowater ISD. The district had a need-they wanted to give middle and high school science and agriculture students more opportunities to participate in hands-on, real-world projects focused on agriculture.
"We are working with teachers to help them learn about project-based learning, but especially the Texas-STEM initiative and engineering," said Dr. Dean Fontenot of the Texas Tech T-STEM Center. Through professional development trainings, T-STEM helps teachers engage kindergarten through 12th grade students in project-based learning that develops problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, communication, and other skills needed in the modern workforce.
The Texas Tech T-STEM Center played host to a visit with Joseph Michael Acaba, a NASA astronaut who returned from a long duration appointment on the International Space Station. Mr. Acaba visited the Texas Tech T-STEM Center to learn more about teacher professional development and opportunities available to teachers for both afterschool and in-class programs.
It is exciting to see that engineering has become a recognized discipline in K-12 education. For years, very little was said about engineering in K-12 schools. Engineering was rarely mentioned in the K-12 curriculum until about eight or nine years ago. Yet, as times have changed and the demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum to be integrated into K-12 has become more relevant, the demand for engineering has increased.
Congratulations on another national level award and recognition for the students and staff at New Deal High School. Newsweek included New Deal High School on its 2013 list of the best high schools in the nation. They listed 2000 schools on this list and 165 of them are from Texas. New Deal ranked 1871/2000 in the nation and 149/165 of the Texas schools included on the list.
On April 19, Presidio students attended the Get Excited about Robotics (GEAR) Regional Competition at Texas Tech University. GEAR is a 6-8 week LEGO robotics challenge for elementary and middle school students during which students build and program LEGO robots to perform specific tasks.
Students set up science fair-style tri-fold boards and searched for extension cords, tinkered with Lego robots and plugged in circuit boards, preparing for the New Deal Independent School District's first Engineering Fair. "This is the culmination of everything they've been doing through the year," said teacher Rocky Upchurch of the fair on Thursday, April 11. "They are being judged on presentation and knowledge of their topic."