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.
Whitacre College of Engineering faculty members, students, and staff members played a key role in the success of the recent 7th Annual Texas STEM Conference, held in Dallas in February 2014.
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.