June 2, 2017
The Texas Tech University STEM Center for Outreach, Research & Education (STEM CORE) and Lubbock Independent School District are joining forces for the fourth straight year to host the 2017 Middle School STEM Challenge, which pits 10 LISD middle schools against each other in a weeklong competition to design and build boats out of cardboard and duct tape.
Each LISD middle school sends a math or science teacher and four students to represent their campus in the competition from Monday through Friday (June 5-9). One Texas Tech undergraduate student will join each team, and a few Texas Tech experts will guide the teams throughout the week.
Participating schools are:
The challenge culminates in a final competition on June 9 at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center, where the boats will be put to the test in the water. Each member of the team will be in the boat, and the boats will be raced in front of parents, Texas Tech professors and staff, and other interested community supporters. All community members are welcome to attend.
The winning team will take home the Dwyer Cup for the following academic year. The cup is named after former Texas Tech STEM CORE director and creator of the program, Jerry Dwyer.
The schedule for June 9 is as follows:
The STEM-CORE Mission is to serve as a cross-college organizational structure that integrates, deepens, and extends the scope, nature, and ultimately, the impact of STEM education, outreach, research, training, and professional development at Texas Tech University.Twitter