Middle School STEM Challenge

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2016 Winner: O.L. Slaton!

JUNE 6-10, 2016

Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center


The Texas Tech University STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education and the Lubbock Independent School District are joining forces again to host the 2016 Middle School STEM Challenge. The Challenge pits ten LISD middle schools against each other in a weeklong competition to design and build machines.

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 machines are put to the test in front of a panel of Texas Tech professors, staff, and other community supporters.

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 TTU STEM-CORE Director and Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Jerry Dwyer, in recognition of his efforts and dedication in improving STEM education for Lubbock students.

Participating Schools


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

Contact Information

For more information, please e-mail STEM-CORE.