The T-STEM Initiative includes academies, professional development centers, and a network all designed to improve instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects at secondary schools.
Demonstration schools and learning labs to develop innovative instruction methods and integrate technology and engineering into science and mathematics instruction serving students in grades 6-12 or 9-12.
Promote engineering studies and research, develops workforce skills, encourage students to graduate from high school and enter academic and career paths in STEM fields that lead to careers in the engineering industries.
Partners with universities, regional service centers, local education agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations to create instructional materials and high-quality professional development.
Provides a hands-on experience in solving real world challenges, exposes students to physics, mechanics, electronics, programming, business, financial management, teamwork, and leadership.
Online professional development, exemplar profiles, and resources in STEM education.
Replication of the UTeach Institute, a nationally recognized mathematics and science teacher preparation program developed by the University of Texas at Austin.
51 operating T-STEM Academies:
- 20 campuses grades 9-12
- 31 campuses grades 6-12
15,000 students served (estimate 9/09):
- 74% of students from populations traditionally underrepresented in higher education (Hispanic/African American)
- 53% economically disadvantaged
T-STEM Aerospace/Rocketry Program
- 7 T-STEM Centers
- Over 2,800 teachers supported
- Specialized areas of concentration
T-STEM Co-Curricular Activities/Robotics
- 32 T-STEM Academies
- 2 Early College High Schools
- 2 High School Redesign and Restructuring campuses
- 2 Early Innovators
More than 1,600 registered users
Online exemplars encourage best practices; webinars hosted on portal
UTeach Institute Replication
- University of Houston
- University of North Texas
- University of Texas at Dallas
- University of Texas at Tyler
- University of Texas at Arlington
Prior to 2008-09 biennium:
- TEA (state and federal) - $30,000,000
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - $20,000,000
- Michael & Susan Dell Foundation - $20,000,000
- National Instruments - $1,000,000
- State - $20,000,000
- Communities Foundation of Texas - $9,000,000
- Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title II, Part B, Math & Science Partnerships
- Texas Education Code §39.235
Department of State Initiatives
T-STEM Program Manager: Stacy Avery