Region 17 EcosySTEM Newsletter

Connecting the South Plains via STEM

November 2020

Connecting STEM Education and the STEM Community!

The Texas Education Agency has announced that it has been accepted into the community of practice of the national STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative. Learning Ecosystems provide the architecture for cross-sector learning, offering all young people access to STEM-rich learning environments so they can develop important skills and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math throughout Pre-K-20. Strong STEM Learning Ecosystems feature dynamic collaborations among schools, out-of-school time programs, STEM expert institutions (such as museums, science centers, institutions of higher education and STEM professional associations), the private sector, community-based organizations, youth, and families. Each Education Service Center, as a part of the Texas EcosySTEM, will share information about STEM opportunities within their geographic region!

Check out many resources, including grants, events, and opportunities, on our new ESC 17 STEM website!

Learn to Code with this fun free website!


AT&T has created a free interactive learning resource, Beginner's Code Guide This guide gives educators a resource to introduce the basics of coding on a safe and fun website.

National Family Code Nights

WeTeach_CS at the University of Texas in Austin wants to make you aware of an amazing opportunity for every elementary school in the state of Texas. We are pleased to invite every elementary school in Texas to participate in National Family Code Nights, a free live-stream family learning event for any K-5 school. Even when in-person school gatherings may be impossible, any K-5 school community can share this wonderful learning experience, in which each K-5 child pairs up with a parent or other older partner to do their very first hour of coding, together! No experience needed! There is no cost to schools and they will receive a Family Code Night set of materials to support getting information out to families. It’s great fun, proven in thousands of schools nationwide, and now provided via a live-stream to any school. To get started, just visit our UtakeIt site for information and then just select your date at the CSisElementary.org link and distribute the provided invitation to families. Many opportunities to participate: November 11, November 17, November 23, December 1, December 7, and/or December 9, 2020!

Science Application for TEKS Review Work Groups

The SBOE is still accepting applications for science/STEM TEKS review work groups. Applications received will be submitted to SBOE members for review throughout the process. The TEKS review work groups will convene via virtual means. Applicants who teach science at kindergarten – grade 5 and the following high school courses: Aquatic Science, Astronomy, Earth and Space Science, and Environmental Systems are needed. Additionally, career and technical education courses eligible for science credit will be under review. CTE teachers and representatives from the business and industry community are encouraged to apply. Click here to be directed to the application links.

Using PBL (Project or Problem Based Learning) is an easy way to transition to a STEM based curriculum. Learn more with the article below.

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