• End Littering Contest

    Posted by Gustavo Perez on 10/31/2016 8:00:00 AM

    The “How Will You…End Littering?” Video Contest, open nationwide to students in grades 9-12, asks the next generation of community stewards to share their ideas about how to end littering by educating and motivating people to properly dispose of their trash. The contest, sponsored by the generous support of Foodservice Packaging Institute, Wrigley Company Foundation, and Dunkin’ Brands, asks youth to create a 30-60 second video for a chance to win great prizes including an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to attend the Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference (January 24-26, 2017), GoPro video cameras, Best Buy gift cards, and grants to beautify your local school!

    To view the official rules and enter by November 7, visit EndLittering.strutta.me.


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  • 12 STEM Resources for All Grades

    Posted by Gustavo Perez on 8/1/2014 12:00:00 PM

    12 STEM resources for all grades



    Middle School

    High School


    The Lawrence Hall of Science: Students play games and have interactive, engaging experiences as they learn about all manner of science topics

    Through a free basic membership, students can use BioDigital Human to learn and virtually explore the human body.

    Coaster Crafter: Building roller coasters is one way to learn about physics, and this resource helps students learn about force and motion while testing their constructions.


    EduBlogs: Secure blogging to help young students organize their thoughts and learn how to interact online

    Scratch: This programming resource is designed for children ages 8-16, and is perfect for middle school students who want to learn more about programming

    Prezi: High school students can learn how to create and give presentations on their own or with peers, learning valuable skills for college and the workforce


    eGFI, from the American Society for Engineering Education, offers lesson plans, class activities, and outreach programs for students of all ages, including K-5 students.

    Central Texas Discover Engineering: While this resource is Texas-based, the middle school engineering activities are engaging and encouraging.

    Engineer Your Life is an engineering guide for high school girls.


    Developed by a teacher, Math Cats is designed around open-ended and creative math exploration.

    Math Central: This safe site is maintained by teachers, faculty, and students at various Canadian universities. Students can ask questions, try out challenging math problems, and more.

    The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a library of interactive web-based virtual manipulatives and concept tutorials. The tools help engage students and prompt them to visualize mathematical relationships in unique ways.


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  • For Your District, 2014-15 Major STEM Opp (G5-12) - Student Experiments on Int’l Space Station

    Posted by Gustavo Perez on 4/23/2014 1:00:00 PM
    Subject: TX: For Your District, 2014-15 Major STEM Opp (G5-12) - Student Experiments on Int’l Space Station

    April 22, 2014

    U.S. National Model STEM Education Program Opportunity

    Announcing the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Ninth Flight Opportunity - SSEP Mission 7 to the International Space Station for the 2014-15 Academic Year

    Opportunity for a School District, Even an Individual Large School, to Engage a Few Hundred Grade 5-12 Students in Very Real Microgravity Experiment Design (design of experiments for a 'weightless' environment) for Flight to the
    International Space Station (ISS)

    PROGRAM START: September 8, 2014

    TIME CRITICAL: interested school districts are directed to inquire about the program no later than May 30, 2014

    Experiment Design and Proposal Writing Phase: September 8 - November 7, 2014Launch of Your Community's Selected Fight Experiment: Spring 2015

    Note: Mission 7 to ISS is fully contained in the 2014-15 Academic Year

    Note: this program is not for an individual class or small group of students
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  • Engineering For U (E4U) - Contest

    Posted by Gustavo Perez on 11/4/2013 1:00:00 PM

    Engineering for You (E4U) is a video competition open to individuals in middle school and up. We are offering a $25,000 grand prize and $5,000 People’s Choice award as well as category prizes to the most inspiring 1-2 minute videos focused on how engineering serves human welfare and the needs of society. Contestants can choose any time period between 1964 and 2064 for their video. The contest will run from Nov. 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014.

    Learn more at www.e4uvideocontest.org.
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  • Samsung "Solve for Tomorrow" Contest for your School

    Posted by Gustavo Perez on 10/3/2013 2:00:00 AM

    “Show how STEM can be applied to help improve your local community.”  
    ...and win a share of $2,000,000* in technology & prizes

    Samsung is dedicated to helping people discover a world of possibilities.
    This fall, Samsung is giving public schools nationwide the opportunity to discover the power of technology.http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/home.html

    Click here to apply.

    P.S. – A30-second video announcement is available on YouTube.

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  • Over Half a Million Dollars for High School Robotics from Texas Workforce Commission

    Posted by Gustavo Perez on 9/27/2013


    Need some $$$ for your Robotics Team?

    To qualify for funds from the TWC, teams must participate in the state of Texas and all student team members must be in 9th-12th grades. Unlike years past, ALL new and existing team can apply regardless of how many years they have participated. In addition, the TWC has specific interest in reaching students enrolled in schools on military bases, students with disabilities, students who are homeschooled and students from economically disadvantaged families. 

    CONTACT: Jessica Galfas, jgalfas@skillpointalliance.org 


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  • 1000 Robots for your Campus

    Posted by Gustavo Perez on 9/27/2013


    How does it work?

    Finchrobot.com is pledging to loan out robots to dozens of school districts or educational organizations. They will cover all shipping costs, as well as costs associated with any robots that break in transit or during the program. They are rotating the robots from one district to another, starting in December, with the robots moving from one location to another every month. 

    They will send several robots to each participating organization at least two months in advance of when the main batch of robots is scheduled to arrive, as an advance squad to ensure that there are no software or IT glitches on school computers, and to allow teachers participating in the program to practice the activity.

    Districts will receive the robots at the beginning of their assigned month, and will be responsible sending out the robots to the next school at the end of the month (we will send a shipping label - districts are not required to pay for shipping). 

    Program Requirements

    ·         Can deploy the program to at least 250 students. We will be shipping robots in batches of 50, and we expect each robot can be used by a minimum of 5 different students in the course of the month.

    ·         Have teachers or volunteers ready to participate in two-three hours of online training and willing to dedicate an additional five hours to preparation/learning.

    ·         Have a standard period (at least 40 minutes, hopefully longer) of time available to devote to the activity.

    ·         Have a laptop cart or computer lab that allows for a ratio of no more than two students per computer/robot.

    ·         Pledge to share the robots equally between students; we believe coding is a fundamental and basic skill, not an advanced topic. If any student in a given grade is provided this opportunity, all of their peers in that grade should receive it as well.

    ·         Pledge for the majority of students in the program to be in 4th-9th grade. Scratch and Snap! are quick to learn and successfully used by children as young as 7 or 8.

    ·         Pledge to tell us the number of students who participated in the program upon program completion.

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  • NSTA Learning Center Resources

    Posted by Gustavo Perez on 9/26/2013 11:30:00 AM

    Below is the URL to a collection of resources from Flavio Mendez about the NSTA Learning Center.  This collection also includes Dr. Sherman's presentation on blended learning from our recent Project Directors meeting.  Feel free to distribute these resources to your fellow mentors, teachers, and colleagues in your respective Regional Collaborative.  Thank you for your contributions to Texas STEM education and professional development.  

    NSTA Learning Center Resources



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