The STEM Center of South Texas extends a gracious thank you to all attendees of the 2nd Annual South Texas STEM Summit hosted by the Region One ESC. STEM programs of all types benefited from learning experiences under the theme “Connected Minds, Connected Futures.” The Summit featured two days carefully designed to serve multiple needs. 
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STEM Center of South Texas 
Print or view our brochure to learn more about how we can help support your STEM initiatives. Whether it's hosting a STEM competition, offering a comprehensive professional development institute, or offering a student STEM camp for enrichment, intervention, or a summer bridge program, we can help...call us today!

 Become a STEM Designated Campus
2017 - 2018 T-STEM Designation Application Open 
T-STEM Designation

T-STEM Academies are schools designed to improve instruction and academic performance in STEM related subjects in secondary schools (grades six through twelve, or grades nine through twelve). Under the authority of Texas Education Code (TEC), §39.235 and Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §102.1093, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has developed a designation process for T-STEM Academies. The designation process ensures that districts operating T-STEM campuses maintain the integrity of the model and effectively incorporate elements of the T-STEM Design Blueprint.

In accordance with TAC §102.1093, the designation process is required for all existing and proposed T-STEM Academies. Schools that receive the T-STEM designation will receive a number of benefits, including:

  1. Access to Technical Assistance
    Designated T-STEM Academies will be provided a leadership coach who visits the campus to provide technical assistance in the design and implementation of the academy based on the T-STEM Blueprint (contingent on legislative appropriation).
  2. Participation in T-STEM Convenings 
    Special events hosted by TEA provide opportunities for T-STEM Academy administrators to provide input on policies and procedures that impact T-STEM Academies. 
  3. Membership in the T-STEM Network
    Opportunities are provided for principals, teachers, and students in designated T-STEM Academies to share best practices through conferences and technical assistance sessions. Membership in the T-STEM Network also allows T-STEM Academy staff to access online resources, professional development, and webinars.  
  4. Recognition as an Approved T-STEM Academy
    T-STEM Academies will receive various forms of media recognition including, but not limited to: identification on TEA's website as a state-approved T-STEM Academy, and recognition in press releases.  

Applying for T-STEM Designation

The T-STEM designation application is available online at the following address: thetrc.org/TSTEM2017/.

  • Applications must be submitted to TEA through the online application interface on or before Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm CST in order to be eligible for designation as a T-STEM Academy during the 2017-2018 school year. The TEA anticipates notifying each applicant of its approval status to operate as a designated T-STEM Academy by June 2017.
 T-STEM Academy Designation Overview 
and Technical Assistance Webinar

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Webinar Registration



The webinar provides an opportunity to learn about the T-STEM Academy designation requirements including benefits and application requirements. An overview of the online designation system will be provided.

Representatives of designated T-STEM Academies, and districts or charter schools planning on applying, are encouraged to attend.

 Additional Assistance Completing the Application
  • The current 121 designated T-STEM Academies may contact their T-STEM coaches and should incorporate information from the self-assessment conducted in 2017.

Regional STEM Academy Network

STEM Leadership Meetings

T-STEM Academy Leaders are invited to participate in these full-half day institutes that will focus on the areas of the STEM Blueprint that have presented a challenge to the campuses in our region. Topics will include developing an effective advisory board, creating a capstone/internship program, implementing project-based learning in all subjects, creating a STEM culture, and fulfilling the STEM endorsement requirements.


1900 West Schunior

Edinburg, TX 78541
(956) 984-6157

Contact Information

Region One ESC
STEM Center of South Texas
1900 W. Schunior
Edinburg, Texas 78541
Miguel Chuca
Learning Resource Integration Director
Phone: (956) 984-6197

Gustavo Perez
T-STEM Specialist
Phone: (956) 984-6042
Sylvia Escobar
LRI/STEM Specialist
Phone: (956) 984-6047
Email:  sescobar@esc1.net 
Dalia Gracia
Program Assistant
Phone: (956) 984-6242
Email: dgracia@esc1.net  

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 Upcoming Events & Workshops

2nd Annual STEM Summit of South Texas 2017

February 23-24, 2017
Isla Grand Beach Resort, South Padre Island 
Jan 19-21, 2017
Dallas InterContinental Hotel 

Twitter @TexasSTEM.

Facebook @TxSTEMCoalition​.


Related PD & Services


TEA 2014 Graduation Toolkit (English) (Spanish)
NASA and You (NASA y Tú)
Bilingual website designed to inspire Latino students to pursue careers in STEM.
Last Modified on February 28, 2017