January 2024 STEM Newsletter

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January 2024 

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Texas STEM Announcements

CTE TEKS Review Work Group Application - Engineering

In 2024, the State Board of Education (SBOE) is scheduled to begin the review and revision of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a set of career and technical education (CTE) courses for a new Engineering career cluster. The review will include courses for the following programs of study:

Engineering Foundations

  • Engineering Design Process
  • Introduction to Fluids
  • Introduction to Mechanics of Materials
  • Introduction to Statics
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Practicum in Engineering

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Aerospace Design I and II
  • Mechanical Design I and II

Civil Engineering

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Civil Engineering I and II
  • Surveying

The SBOE’s TEKS review and revision process requires the direct participation of educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers. The SBOE is now accepting applications for the 2024 CTE TEKS review engineering work groups. TEKS review work groups will convene in Austin for two to three face-to-face meetings which may include Saturdays. Additional days or virtual meetings may be scheduled if needed. TEA reimburses work group members for their travel and meal expenses. Work group members will be expected to complete an online orientation session and may be asked to complete pre-work exercises prior to their meetings. To access the application and more information regarding the 2024 CTE TEKS review for engineering, please visit the 2024 CTE TEKS Review: Engineering webpage at https://tea.texas.gov/academics/curriculum-standards/teks-review/2024-cte-teks-review-engineering.

The ideal applicant will have knowledge and experience in these specific engineering fields. We encourage educators to forward this information to qualified individuals within their networks. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible. Questions regarding the application or TEKS review process may be sent via email to teks@tea.texas.gov.

Texas Virtual School Network: STEM Courses

The Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN) can help meet students’ needs through TEA-approved online courses. The TXVSN statewide course catalog provides schools and students access to high school, Advanced Placement, career and technical education, and dual credit courses for initial credit or credit recovery. Students can access the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education (STEM) courses through the TXVSN.

  • Computer Science I
  • Computer Science II
  • Digital Forensics
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science
  • Principles of Information Technology

The TXVSN courses are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and taught by Texas-certified teachers trained in best practices in online instruction. Schools can use the TXVSN courses to create flexibility in a student’s schedule, allow a student to accelerate their learning, or address local teacher shortages. Students enrolled in a TXVSN course can generate funding regardless of whether the student is physically present at school while participating in the course. For more information about the courses offered through the TXVSN, please visit the TXVSN website or contact the TXVSN Help Desk.

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STEM Grant Funding Tool

The National STEM Ecosystem has shared a free STEM Grant Funding Tool for all states to use to help locate STEM funding and grant opportunities available in local communities. These funding sources allow  different types of spending, such as curriculum, technology, robotics kits, engineering kits, science kits, makerspaces, or other items that aid in expanding STEM education. These grant opportunities are supported by federal, state, and local organizations like foundations and corporations. This tool is updated regularly with new grant opportunities. 

Upcoming Events

January Mobile STEM Lab Visits:

Winters ISD – Region 15

Midland ISD – Region 18

San Elizario ISD – Region 19

Post ISD – Region 17

February Mobile STEM Lab Visits:

Highland Park ISD – Region 16

Ranger ISD – Region 14

Quanah ISD – Region 19

Seymour ISD – Region 9


Texas Mobile STEM Lab Free Professional Development: (See section below for more information.)

Feb. 20th: K-5 educators registration link

Feb. 21th: 6-8 educators  registration link

Michelle Sedberry

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Free Texas Mobile STEM Lab  Professional Development

Learning Undefeated’s Texas Mobile STEM Lab team will be offering free virtual professional development opportunities for K–grade 8  teachers. During this session, the Learning Undefeated team will walk educators through hands-on engineering design challenges that can be modified to fit their classroom needs. Sessions will also include a guidance on how to develop and facilitate a TEKS-aligned engineering design challenge.

Session One: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 (Grades K–5) at 4:00 PM CST

Session Two: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 (Grades 6–8) at 5:00 PM CST

Participants can use this registration link to sign up for either session. Zoom links will be provided to registrants upon registration.

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STEM Spotlight: Galena Park ISD

Galena Park ISD, located in ESC region 4, kicked off the school year with a STEM kickoff event for STEM clubs across the district. Fifteen elementary schools brought 10-15 students from grades 3–5 to spend the day doing STEM engineering design challenges and explorations. During the day, students completed three STEM kits: a catapult, a sail car, and a parachute.  It was a wonderful day that ended with viewing the solar eclipse.

Design Challenges

The Galena Park community also played a big role in this event. The district's high school STEM clubs and aspiring teachers from the local community college assisted with the event, running stations for students to explore the expo area. The local YMCA brought "Y on the Fly" and allowed students to explore with virtual reality, coding, and a 3D printer. The Harris County Library sent representatives to run a makerspace, and the school technology department guided students while they explored robots and codable balls.

Taking Care of Texas


As a courtesy to our readers, the following information from an external stakeholder has been included.

Taking Care of Texas Art Contest

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Take Care of Texas K–5 Kids Art Contest starts January 3. The 2024 contest has a recycling theme. All artwork must depict positive ways to take care of the environment by recycling in addition to containing the phrase “Take Care of Texas” See the complete rules.  

Contest sponsor Texas Chemical Council will award prizes to the creators of the best artwork and to the teacher with the most entries. The students that submit the best art can win a tablet or laptop. 

Entries are accepted from January 3, 2024 to March 1, 2024.  

STEM Program Highlights

If you have a STEM event or program you would like to feature in the STEM newsletter please send your information and picture to michelle.sedberry@tea.texas.gov

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