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Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative (T-STEM)



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.

T-STEM Academies

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.

T-STEM Aerospace/Rocketry Program

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.

T-STEM Centers

Partners with universities, regional service centers, local education agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations to create instructional materials and high-quality professional development.

T-STEM Co-Curricular Engineering Activities/Robotics

Provides a hands-on experience in solving real world challenges, exposes students to physics, mechanics, electronics, programming, business, financial management, teamwork, and leadership.

T-STEM Network

Online professional development, exemplar profiles, and resources in STEM education.

T-STEM Leadership

Replication of the UTeach Institute, a nationally recognized mathematics and science teacher preparation program developed by the University of Texas at Austin.

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T-STEM Academies

65 designated T-STEM Academies: (2012-2013 School Year)

  • 26 campuses grades 9-12
  • 39 campuses grades 6-12

Over 35,000 students served


  • School-within-school (SwS)
  • Stand alone models

T-STEM Centers

  • 7 T-STEM Centers
  • Over 2,800 teachers supported 
  • Specialized areas of concentration

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

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Funding Information

2012-13 biennium:

  • State - $13,000,000

2010-11 biennium:

  • State - $20,000,000

2008-09 biennium:

  • State - $20,000,000
  • Communities Foundation of Texas - $9,000,000

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

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Laws and Rules

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title II, Part B, Math & Science Partnerships
  • Texas Education Code §39.235

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Federal & State Education Policy
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

Stacy Avery

Page last modified on 6/20/2013 10:13:53 AM.