Texas Tech University

Broader Impacts Partners 

STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM CORE)
The scope for STEM CORE is derived from its vision and mission in the realms of STEM education, outreach, and research. All three are weighted equally within the scope of STEM CORE, and includes training and professional development. The activities of STEM CORE are in service to and in collaboration with our stakeholders. Stakeholders include but are not limited to Texas Tech University faculty, staff, and administrators, K-12 educators, and informal science community partners. Although STEM CORE aims to have a role at the national level in STEM issues, the primary mission of STEM CORE is locally based, that is, to improve STEM outreach, research, and education at Texas Tech University and surrounding communities. STEM CORE acts to facilitate interaction, community, and knowledge development in outreach, research, and educational activities among stakeholders.

If you are looking to connect with any of the partners listed below, please reach out to the STEM-CORE at stem-core@ttu.edu.

Carillon's mission and vision communicate the driving purpose and steadfast values you'll find at our not-for-profit community. The service and care we provide is built on the Carillon Commitments, ensuring optimal quality of life for our residents and a rewarding work environment for our employees.

Center for the Integration of STEM Education & Research (CISER) 
CISER strives to build a seamless community of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bringing K-12 students and teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty professors, informal science educators, and local, state and national leaders. Members of this community are involved in a broad spectrum of STEM education, research and leadership activities designed to promote literacy, service and effective participation in STEM related careers and service.

Children's Home of Lubbock 
The Children's Home is a community of volunteers, workers and supporters, pouring their efforts together to make life better for children who need to see that caring and love do exist in a world that has often been unfair and unjust. Since the Home opened its doors in 1954, over 6,000 children have been helped through the Home's services. Praised by licensure reviews as one of the best programs in the State of Texas, the Children's Home places a strong emphasis on family rehabilitation, with programs of care designed for children and their families. On any given day an average of 145 boys and girls are in care in the various programs of The Children's Home of Lubbock. The Children's Home is licensed and reimbursed for services rendered by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and meets or exceeds all standards established for out-of-home care of children.

ELS Language Centers
For more than 55 years, students have chosen ELS to achieve their English language goals. With 12 class levels, state-of-the-art language technology centers, multiple testing services and university admission assistance, ELS ensures success through our personalized approach and commitment to student achievement. Our quality of instruction is evident through our dedicated, professional teachers. Many of the most experienced teachers at ELS are members of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), hold Master's degrees or TEFL Certificates, and have taught at ELS for 15+ years. 

FIRST Tech Challenge 
The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a mid-level robotics competition targeted toward students in grades 9-12 (aged 14-18). FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year to year, and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams — including coaches, mentors, and volunteers — are required to develop a strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition, as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

GEAR - Get Excited About Robotics 
GEAR provides an exciting hands-on LEGO robotics challenge to elementary and middle school students at no participation fee, with the goal of increasing interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines while offering mentoring opportunities to engineering undergraduate students at Texas Tech University in an effort to improve their education and increase retention rates.

Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers
Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers was founded in 1962 by Barbara Sommerville and the Lubbock Area United Way to address the needs of the families living in the Guadalupe neighborhood. After the 1970 tornado destroyed and damaged much of downtown and east Lubbock, Ms. Sommerville perceived the need for a similar center in the Parkway-Cherry Point neighborhood. Over the years, the Centers have served thousands of children and their families, providing literacy training, language skills, family living training and academic support. Today, the Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers provide multiple opportunities for children to grow and learn. Instruction in computers, literacy, competitive sports and fine arts are offered. Enrichment classes provide opportunities for children to develop self-presentation, character, confidence, leadership and discipline.

Imagine Lubbock
Imagine Lubbock Together is a community wide effort to create a roadmap for the future. Moving forward, the rest of that plan will be taken over by a newly created committee by the city.

K-12 Global Education Outreach 
K-12 Global Education Outreach (GEO) would like to sincerely thank the following partners for their continued support of our mission to foster cultural awareness and build a community of global learners in Lubbock and its surrounding communities. Without their generous financial support, K-12 GEO would not be able to provide free outreach programming to over 20,000 students, teachers, and community members each year.

Literacy Lubbock 
Literacy Lubbock advances literacy issues endeavoring to reach both the literate, who have difficulty believing in or supporting a problem so well hidden or disguised as to appear inconsequential or nonexistent, and the illiterate, who have difficulty simply believing in themselves, or seeking help fearful of exposure and the risk of further embarrassment and additional failure. We strive for dissolution of shame and the resolution of literacy issues toward an attainment of goals and the opportunity to fulfill life dreams through literacy. Literacy Lubbock uniquely provides a service that lasts a lifetime, because once you've learned to read, Reading Is Forever.

Local and Rural ISDs 

Local Television/Radio Stations 

Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA)
Welcome to LHUCA, a place where we come together to create community. Presenting visual, performing, and literary arts for adults and children are central to our mission: to cultivate and celebrate all the arts by inspiring creativity and engaging with the community. LHUCA is a place for all people with programs that enhance and enrich our life experiences. Together we make life better.

Lubbock Boys & Girls Club
The original vision of providing a place for boys to spend leisure time in a wholesome manner has expanded to include boys and girls who need a positive influence and environment. The Lubbock Boys & Girls Club is helping Lubbock's youth build a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Lubbock Senior Center
Parks and Recreation receives two annual grants from the South Plains Association of Governments for senior lunch and transportation programs that are offered Monday through Friday throughout the year. Participants in these programs must be ages 60 years of age or older. These programs provide seniors the opportunity to come to our centers, make new friends, socialize, play games, take classes, and enjoy a nutritious lunch.

Museum of Texas Tech University
The Museum of Texas Tech University houses a diverse range of collections including: anthropology, fine arts, clothing and textiles, history, natural sciences and paleontology. As an educational and research component of Texas Tech University, the Museum is committed to serving our diverse community, through a range of exhibitions and public programming. The Museum is a non-profit institution with free admission.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
OLLI is designed for adults age 50+ who are still working, semi-retired or fully retired. We are administered by Texas Tech University Office of the Provost. We offer numerous courses/events taught primarily by current and retired TTU faculty and local professionals during afternoon or evening hours convenient for your schedule.

Raider Ranch
Raider Ranch has been specifically designed for those 55 or better who are not retiring in the traditional sense. Our residents are looking to rebalance their lives... making more time to spend with family and friends, enjoy adventure travel, launching a new, less demanding career, shaving a few strokes off their golf handicap or pursuing passions that until now, they have only had time to dream about.

Retail Establishments 

Roots Historical Arts Council
The Lubbock Roots Historical Arts Council seeks to enrich life by promoting a greater understanding of the African American experience through the practice and appreciation of the visual and performing arts and through the study, interpretation, and preservation of the history of the African American in the Early American West.

Science Spectrum
The Science Spectrum was first suggested as an idea in 1984 when a group of citizens discussed the various educational, cultural, and economic benefits that a science museum would bring to the South Plains. It was just two years later in 1986, when a board of members was formed and the Science Spectrum was incorporated. The first exhibits premiered in February of 1988 in the South Plains Mall featuring the Science Spectrum's first traveling exhibit, Light and Sight. The Science Spectrum held its Grand Opening as a permanent museum a year later on February 11th, 1989 at its first home on 50th and Slide.

Texas Boys Ranch
The main campus of Texas Boys Ranch is a working ranch of 400+ acres that houses boys and girls in group-style housing. We are a children's home in every possible way. The children are divided into four cottages with house parents that serve as foster parents while the children are in care. We work hard to keep sibling groups together while they stay here at the ranch, and care for each child in a way that we hope honors Jesus Christ. The Ranch has grown over the years, and includes a wide variety of opportunities for our children. We offer counseling services, equine assisted psychotherapy, educational support, tutoring, and a variety of recreation activities to suit any appetite.

The Insititute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL)
The goal of the Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) is to provide curriculum based programming distinctly designed to challenge and engage students in fields such as science, technology, engineering, art and math. In support of this goal IDEAL offers a variety of academic year and summer programming which introduces K-12th grade students to new fields of study and provides a hands-on learning environment to encourage academic success.

The Lubbock Aquarium, INC.
The Lubbock Aquarium, Inc. is asking businesses to partner to help bring an Aquarium to Lubbock by partnering during the consulting and planning phase. Business partners are important to the success of the project during the consulting and development phase of the aquarium, the Lubbock Aquarium is currently interviewing consultants that have developed aquariums around the world! The mission of the Lubbock Aquarium is to engage people with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas, and support wildlife conservation. We are currently working with Texas Tech STEM program and other organizations to develop a program for students to participate and get hands on experience.

West Texas BEST Robotics 
Our mission is to engage, excite, and inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through participation in a sports-like science- and engineering-based robotics competition. BEST conceived in 1993 by TI engineers Ted Mahler and Steve Marum in Sherman, TX. The first competition was held in the fall of 1993 with 14 teams from San Antonio and Sherman. West Texas BEST competition started in 1995. In the fall of 2013, 853 teams with 15,354 students participated in BEST. BEST is a non-profit, all volunteer organization with thousands of volunteers serving in 18 states and 47 hubs.