T-STEM Centers

T-STEM Centers

Educate Texas, in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, supports seven Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Centers statewide tasked with supporting T-STEM Academies and all Texas schools. The Centers design innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curricula, deliver professional development, and create strategic partnerships among businesses, higher education entities, and school districts. All of the Centers offer a core of content-based professional development with a STEM emphasis in addition to providing coaching and leadership development. T-STEM Centers are located at universities and regional education service centers throughout the state.

Six Goals of T-STEM Centers

  • Align high school, postsecondary education and economic development activities in STEM areas with the broader high school curriculum.
  • Lead the transformation of teaching methods, teacher preparation, and instruction in STEM areas.
  • Demonstrate how the implementation of T-STEM teaching and learning increases the number of Texas high school students from diverse backgrounds graduating prepared to succeed in postsecondary study and careers in STEM-related fields.
  • Train administrators, principals, and teachers in effective leadership strategies for supporting T-STEM instruction.
  • Disseminate promising practices and research-based strategies for integrated STEM teaching and learning.
  • Improve student achievement outcomes in mathematics and science and increase the number of students who pursue postsecondary studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

T-STEM Centers Around the State

T-STEM Center

Programs Offered

Aggie STEM Center

Texas A&M University, College Station

The Aggie STEM Center is a partnership of Texas A&M University’s College of Education and Human Development, and the Dwight Look College of Engineering.

Areas of Specialty:

  • University graduate-level STEM project based learning class both on campus and online
  • STEM research-published in journals and PBL materials
  • School observation and evaluation reports
  • Online project-based learning modules
Center for STEM Education and Research

University of Texas at Dallas

The Center for STEM Education and research is located within the University of Texas at Dallas Department of Science/Mathematics Education in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Inquiry-based professional development, including Problem/Project Based Learning
  • Leadership, instructional and implementation coaching
  • Elementary engineering curriculum and support
  • STEM equity integration support
  • Research and evaluation on STEM teaching and learning
Ingenuity Center

University of Texas at Tyler

The Ingenuity Center is based at the University of Texas at Tyler. The Center links regional resources to improve the STEM preparation of teachers through research, professional development, curriculum development, and technical assistance.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Mobile STEM trailer
  • Texas Project Lead the Way, STEM 101 and Engineering by Design
  • Intensive learning communities in science and math
  • Surveys of enacted curriculum (analysis of intended, enacted, and assessed curriculum)
  • Technology: innovative integration in the curriculum and probe ware
  • Specialized gender equity offerings (equity collaborations and research)
Southeast Regional Stem Center

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

The Southeast Regional T-STEM Center, based at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, is a partnership that includes Rice University, NASA, community colleges, businesses, regional service centers, Texas Regional Collaboratives and museums.

Areas of Specialty:

  • T-STEM Blueprint instructional strategies/coaching/observations
  • Biology, biotechnology, biomedical sciences, bio-defense, nanotechnology
  • Career Connections–Online Profession Sessions series on STEM careers
  • Student STEM pipeline programs and internships
  • Virtual laboratory learning experiences and environments
  • Robotics, Engineering Design-including biomedical engineering
  • Customized on-campus services to meet specific needs
STEM Center of South Texas

Region 1 ESC, Edinburg

The STEM Center of South Texas is based at the Region One Educational Service Center and partners with the University of Texas pan American, South Texas College, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, and the regional Academic Health Center Harlingen as part of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Project-based learning instructional strategies, coaching, and support
  • Professional development for STEM focused curricula for all students
  • Robotics, gaming design, and technology integration
  • STEM Academy blueprint alignment support
Texas Tech T-STEM Center

Texas Tech University, Lubbock

Housed in the Texas Tech University (TTU) Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, the TTU T-STEM Center provides research-driven STEM education resources to all Texas schools, especially to small rural districts from the Panhandle to the Big Bend of the Rio Grande.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Project-based learning across the curriculum and integrated STEM content
  • STEM Education Research: Specialized focus on pre-college engineering education and engineering ethics
  • Multidisciplinary mathematics, physical science and engineering teacher certification program
  • Rocketry: Applied physics, mathematics, and engineering design principles
  • Robotics: Applications of mathematics, 21st Century and College and Career Readiness skills
  • Internships and opportunities for teachers and administrators in higher education and industry
Transformation 2013 Center

ESC Region 13, Austin / ESC Region 20, San Antonio

The Transformation 2013 T-STEM Center is a partnership between two education service centers, Region 13 (Austin) and Region 20 (San Antonio).

Areas of Specialty:

  • Immersion model professional development for STEM educators
  • Texas training hub for National Center for Technological Literacy’s (NCTL) Engineering is Elementary, Building Math, Engineering the Future
  • Leadership Visioning Institute training and support for campuses-Wrap-around services for K-12 TEKS, STAAR, and content areas
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board College and Career Readiness Standards "Train the Trainer"