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."
On April 5th, 2014 two teams from Presidio High School and William Soza Early College High School travelled to Austin to compete in the Formula One Competition. The students had a great learning experience and represented Presidio very well in different components of the competition that includes engineering design, pit display and portfolio, verbal presentation and the actual car racing.
Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) announced finalists who will travel to Washington D.C. in May for the national finals. It is no easy task to get into the nationals, which is made up of teams who earn the top 100 scores out of more than 700 teams competing each year. The Texas Tech T-STEM Center has had as many as five teams, in a single year, represented in the top 20 national TARC teams.
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.