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.


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.

The Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) initiative is a foundational approach for strengthening leaders, empowering teachers and inspiring students in STEM studies. T-STEM Academies are designated and funded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as demonstration schools and learning labs. Educate Texas supports the T-STEM Network through coaching, professional development and technical assistance to support academic outcomes for students, and uses the T-STEM Academies Design Blueprint to serve as a basis for assessing academies’ plans.