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2024 STEM Challenge

June 3-7, 2024 


The Texas Tech University STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education and the Lubbock Independent School District will join forces again to host the 2024 TTU/LISD Middle School STEM Challenge. The Challenge pits ten LISD middle schools against each other in a weeklong competition to design and build a mode of transportation.  The week culminates in a race day on Friday where the students drive and race their creations.

Specifics: Each team is comprised of a math or science teacher from each LISD middle school. Four students represent their campus in the competition. Texas Tech provides one undergraduate student to mentor the students and join each team. We also have a few "experts" to guide the teams throughout the week. The Challenge culminates in a final competition where the creations are put to the test! 

Interested in being involved?

Texas Tech undergraduate students wanting to serve as TTU Mentors,  apply here. Have more questions? Please email Allison Eubanks. LISD students, please contact your designated math or science teacher. They are the ones recruiting their teams!

2023 Winners: Irons Middle School                

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Participating Schools

*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.

Previous Winners

  • 2014: O.L. Slaton Middle School
  • 2015: Mackenzie Middle School
  • 2016: O.L. Slaton Middle School
  • 2017: Hutchinson Middle School
  • 2018: Evans Middle School
  • 2019: Irons Middle School
  • 2020: COVID-19
  • 2021: Mackenzie Middle School
  • 2022: O.L. Slaton Middle School
  • 2023: Irons Middle School

STEM Challenge Supplemental Documents

Dwyer Cup