Apollo 13 hero Gene Krantz delivered the keynote address as Texas City ISD's announced plans for a STEM SmartLab at it's new Blocker Middle School. Funding for the SmartLab will be provided through a grant from Valero Energy Corporation.
I had the opportunity earlier this year to meet with Texas City ISD staff and discuss the SmartLab concept with members of the TCISD Foundation, including representatives from Valero. The extent to which Texas City schools benefit from the active involvement and support of area businesses and professionals is model for community involvement in public schools. We are proud to be selected as their partner in STEM education and look forward to becoming part of this vital community.
Here is a link to the Galveston Daily News article on the event: http://www.galvestondailynews.com/space/article_af8d37d6-0953-11e3-a95d-0019bb30f31a.html
Download the Texas City ISD press release here: Texas City SmartLab Funding.pdf (94.16 kb)
As a STEM program provider, we spend much of our professional lives discussing the question "What is STEM?" While many schools have STEM initiatives, the focus of these efforts can be wildly diverse. Our partnerships with schools always begin with candid discussions about the definition of STEM, characteristics of a successful STEM program and its role in the context of broader educational goals.
We think Anne Jolly does an excellent job addressing these questions - and echoing our views - in this feature for the MiddleWeb blog: http://www.middleweb.com/6929/is-your-stem-the-real-deal/#comment-4221