March Update

What's New in Secondary Science


STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. Focusing on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively.

New HB5 Foundation Graduation Plan with STEM Endorsement

Students may earn a STEM endorsement by selecting and completing the requirements for one of the 5 options:

Algebra II, Physics & Chemistry are required regardless of the option selected.

1. Computer Science

2. CTE

3. Math

4. Science - Biology, Chemistry, Physics + 2 advanced science courses.

5. Combination

6th Graders attend Mind Trekkers STEM Road Show at San Jacinto

Michigan Technological University’s Mind Trekkers STEM Road Show brings the WOW of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the hands and minds of K-12 students under the inspirational guidance of the Mind Trekkers team consisting of undergrad and graduate students. Can you walk on water? Make ice cream in 60 seconds? Make a magnet float in mid-air, no strings attached! Let Mind Trekkers be your guide as you explore the excitement of STEM.

BSC STEM Challenge 2015

Come join us at UHCL on April 11, 2015 for an opportunity for you and your team to showcase your Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics skills.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: UHCL

The STEM Challenge is open to all High-School Students, Community College Students, and Undergraduate University Students. You do not need to have a background in any STEM field, or any previous programming or robotics experience in order to participate!

KHS - Esmeralda Garcia will take our Science UIL students to this challenge!

STEM Education Day

STEM Education week is May 4-10, 2015 in Texas. STEM Education Day is a free professional development day for 6-12 STEM teachers. It will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Friday, May 8.

Register to attend at

Camp STEM Prep University of Houston Downtown

Texas Workforce Commission Summer Merit Program

July 13-24, 2015 (for current 10, 11, & 12th grade high school students)


Dr. Mary Jo Parker, PI & Scholars Academy Director

713-221-8471 /

Mr. Rene Garcia, Scholars Academy Program Mgr.

713-222-5344 /

STEM Partnership Opportunity with the University of Houston - Downtown


UHD’s Engineering Technology and Computer Science (ETACS) proposal will focus on emerging Engineering technologies and Computer Science to increase the interest and proficiency in STEM among middle and high school students through research experiences for teachers.

The project will have four major components.

1. Six-Week Summer Research Experiences for participating middle and high school STEM teachers;

2. One-year integration of the summer research skills, knowledge, and strategies into the middle and high school curricula (classroom & non-classroom) of participating STEM teachers;

3. One year follow-up coaching and mentoring for participating middle and high school STEM teachers; and

4. Dissemination of project practices and products to other STEM teachers (locally and nationally).

The proposed project will serve 10 teachers per year for three years. Participating teachers will receive a stipend of up $10,000 and up to an additional $2,000 for classroom materials and supplies.

Interested? Email

Rice University STEM Teacher Research Opportunity

The National Science Foundation is funding these 6 week internships in Rice University's nanotechnology laboratories, which commence on June 8, 2015 and end on July 17, 2015. The program includes stipends of $6000 and funding for classroom materials.

This Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is open to all K-12 STEM teachers.


Additional information and application

available at

Deadline to apply is April 1, 2015

Lisa Steele

Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist