On August 13, the Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced that the Texas Education Agency has designated sixteen new Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies for the 2014-2015 school year.
T-STEM academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects, with a goal of increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. Designated T-STEM campuses serve students in grades 6-12 or 9-12.
“Those working in the fields of science, technology and engineering continue to be among the most sought after and highly paid in today’s job market,” said Commissioner Williams. “Texas STEM academies expose students to these key subject areas and challenges them with rigor and innovative instruction that prepares them for success beyond high school.”
NEISD STEM students celebrate after being announced as Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair Finalists.
The North East ISD STEM Academy was one of sixteen campuses or charters designated as T-STEM Academies for the 2014-2015 school year.
School districts or open-enrollment charters can apply each year for a campus to be awarded T-STEM designation. Once a campus is designated, professional development and technical assistance are provided to designated T-STEM academies to serve as demonstration schools and learning labs. Designated academies showcase innovative instruction methods which integrate technology and engineering into science and mathematics instruction.
Students in the cadaver lab provided for STEM Anatomy and Physiology students.
“I am so grateful the work and achievements of our STEM faculty, parents, and students is being recognized by the Texas Education Agency with this special distinction. Our STEM Academy is ‘on the rise’ with many additional academic and extra-curricular activities related to the STEM fields,” reported Dr. Melissa Alcala, STEM Director. Some exciting new programs in STEM Academy for the 14-15 school year, include:
Middle School Level – Science Forensics, new Cybersecurity curriculum, Mathcounts team, Cyberstar team, STEM art program infused with technology and a new, state of the art engineering classroom
High School Level – Organic Chemistry, Cadaver provided for STEM Anatomy & Physiology students, CyberPatriots, FRC – varsity level robotics competition, Mu Alpha Theta – a mathematics honor society and organization for mathematical competitions, as well as a drone project opportunity for the engineering students.
STEM students learn to work in teams in the chemistry lab.