Texas Tech University

Center for Innovation in eLearning promotes STEM education at Dallas Expo

Robert Stein

February 18, 2019

Dr. Jongpil Cheon, center, and his team at the Center for Innovation in eLearning (CIEL) were at the Dallas ISD STEM Expo, aiming to inspire students to consider a STEM education.  From left: Research Assistant Danh Nguyen, Research Assistant Navya Yenuganti, Cheon, Blackboard Specialist Amanda Solis, Research Assistant Hyunchang Moon.

The Center for Innovation in eLearning (CIEL) at Texas Tech University was recently at the Dallas ISD STEM Expo, where they used hands-on activities to encourage students to pursue STEM education.

The theme of CIEL's booth was "Coding is Fun." The booth had four coding activities for students to enjoy, including a racing game that involved programming toy cars and a Harry Potter-inspired game that taught the basics of coding with a Bluetooth "coding wand."

"Programming is another literacy, and coding improves thinking skills with fun," said Jongpil Cheon, the director of CIEL and an associate professor of instructional technology at Texas Tech. "This is our third time to participate in this EXPO. It is a great opportunity for us to meet students in the Dallas area to strengthen the partnership with Dallas ISD."

CIEL provides online course development and consulting services for College of Education faculty. Services include course design, content creation, technology integration, online system development and computer science education. The center applies its Quality of Online Education (QOE) framework with the goal of improving quality of online courses and increasing student learning outcomes.

Check out some photos from the Dallas ISD STEM Expo, which was held Feb. 2 in Dallas:

children playing robot soccer
wizarding world science demo
wizarding world science demo
robot demo
robot soccer demo
wizarding world science demo
lego robot demo
lego robot demo 2
young student at stem expo
setting up for robot demo