Texas Tech University

Middle School STEM Challenge

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STEM Challenge 2019 Winners:

Irons Middle School

Irons Middle School

The Texas Tech University STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education and the Lubbock Independent School District are joining forces again to host the 2019 Middle School STEM Challenge. The Challenge pits ten LISD middle schools against each other in a weeklong competition to design and build hovercraft out of simple materials. The hovercraft will be raced relay-style on Friday at the competition.

Each school sends a science teacher and four students to represent their campus in the competition. Texas Tech provides one undergraduate student to join each team in addition to providing a few "experts" to guide the teams throughout the week. The Challenge culminates in a final competition where the gliders are put to the test in front of Texas Tech professors, staff, parents and other community supporters.

STEM Challenge Group

Interested in being involved?

Texas Tech Students wanting to serve as TTU Mentors, email Jessica Spott. LISD students, please contact your designated math or science teacher. They are the ones recruiting their teams!

 Participating Schools


The Dwyer Cup

*Students and teachers compete to bring home the Dwyer Cup to their schools for the following academic year. The cup is named after former STEM CORE Director and Professor, Dr. Jerry Dwyer, in recognition of his efforts and dedication in improving STEM education for Lubbock students.


  • TTU STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM CORE)
  • Lubbock Independent School District (LISD )

Contact Information

For more information, please e-mail STEM CORE.