STEM

As the 21st century progresses, young people must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. Students learn these types of skills by studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - subjects collectively known as STEM.

Currently, few students in the United States seek knowledge in STEM fields, and the number of teachers skilled in those subjects is inadequate. Both Texas and national workforce projections suggest that, over the next decade, the majority of jobs will require strong talent in key STEM skills. Additionally, Texas is expected to have the second-highest percentage of the nation’s future STEM job opportunities.

Educate Texas' STEM programs bring together state agencies and school districts to focus on STEM education, with goals to strengthen instruction and academics, build relationships with industry experts and the business community, prepare students for STEM careers, and create best practices to use in other school districts.

Programs

In 2011, faced with research showing that Texas high school students rank higher for college and career readiness when they receive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) training, Educate Texas and partner TI Foundation identified Lancaster Independent School District (LISD) as an ideal district to receive a grant to partner in implementing a districtwide STEM project over five years.
In May 2018, the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation announced a $4.6 million grant to Richardson ISD to Educate Texas to support Richardson ISD in creating a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) feeder pattern within the Lloyd V. Berkner High School attendance zone. With technical assistance provided by Educate Texas, this initiative supports 16 schools serving more than 10,000 students from 80 different countries.
The Texas STEM initiative creates secondary schools that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The driving force behind T-STEM is the fact that job opportunities in STEM fields are growing, yet most Texas students — especially low-income and minority students — lack adequate exposure to the subjects needed to succeed in these fields. T-STEM connects students with rigorous content to sharpen their working knowledge of these subjects. Just as importantly, it builds context and relevance by demonstrating how T-STEM fits into real-world careers.