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Texas Tech Awarded for Innovative Educational Partnerships

Low Rider Dream Bike Project earns state awards; IDEAL program director, Martha Hise, recognized.

Written by Leslie Cranford

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More than 500 volunteer hours were logged to teach local middle school students the fun of creating low rider bikes with lessons in art, engineering, science and math.

A Texas Tech University program director and a partnership with a Lubbock middle school earned statewide awards Jan. 27 in Austin as part of the 2009 State Education Awards Program.

The Texas Association of Partners in Education, which celebrates Texas education partnerships, recognized Martha Hise as outstanding partnership advocate. Hise is the director of Texas Tech’s Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners and chairman of the Lubbock Independent School District’s Partners in Education program.

Texas Tech’s Whitacre College of Engineering and the Texas Tech School of Art won the Crystal Award for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) community partnerships for their Dream Bike Project.

The Low Rider Dream Bike Project with Atkins Middle School combined the School of Art and T-STEM Center to educate students on math, art and science by utilizing the low rider bicycle culture as a means to teach students. Forty-three students participated in the project, which began with a trip to the Texas Tech campus to learn the role of the bicycle in different societies. Students then worked in teams to assemble their own bikes donated by the T-STEM Center.

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