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.


Educate Texas and the TI Foundation have partnered since 2011 to transform southern Dallas County school districts into STEM learning communities -- embedding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teaching, thinking and problem-solving skills across entire school districts. Over the past decade, the partnership has expanded to include new STEM districts in Richardson ISD, Cedar Hill ISD, and Desoto ISDs.
The Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) initiative is an open-enrollment program that engages students in a rigorous STEM curriculum, preparing them for the global marketplace.