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STTE Foundation announces ‘E-Series’; First virtual discussion set for August 13

Tuesday morning, officials with the STTE Foundation announced the launch of their STTE Foundation E-Series, their free, virtual panel discussions with leaders around education, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

Officials share that the virtual panels will examine strategies to consider as we work together to achieve successful outcomes for our students, employers, and support our region’s economic recovery.

On August 13, at 12:00 PM MST, the first virtual panel will be held, “Reimagine Learning: Education solutions in a remote learning environment.”

“This exciting panel will discuss how we come together to reimagine learning,” STTE officials said. “Moderated by Mara Matosic, angel investor, entrepreneur, actress, and STTE Board Member, panelists will also examine differences in quality of distance learning and challenges facing students, teachers, and families as we begin the next school year.”

Faced with critical decisions to make as we move forward amid a pandemic, panel members will discuss new challenges facing our education system and offer education solutions to support student’s success.

“The shifts we are seeing during the pandemic reinforce the value investment in building digital literacy, STEM education, and entrepreneurship support strategies,” officials add.

The panel will include Dr. Beth-Brunk Chavez, UTEP Dean of Extended University, Dr. Sherry Kollmann, NMSU, Vice Provost, Digital Learning Initiatives, and Noah Carp, Finance and EdTech Executive from Boston Massachusetts.

As seating is limited, attendees are asked to register via this link.

STTE Foundation celebrates local education leaders

On Thursday, the Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation hosted the 2019 Education Awards honoring eight leaders in education who are preparing students to be successful in the modern economy.

“There are so many teachers in our region doing amazing work that too often goes unrecognized. There is a strong spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in the way that educators are working to prepare our students for their futures,” said Joseph Sapien, executive director of the STTE Foundation. “The 2019 Education Award recipients represent the best of this spirit and we are honored to celebrate them and their work.”

The educators recognized during today’s ceremony have excelled at supporting young students to pursue careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (STEAM) fields, providing innovative approaches to curriculum, after school programming, and access to various means of professional development to students in the El Paso region.

Created by the STTE Foundation, this year’s Education Awards is the second annual event for the Awards, providing a unique opportunity to bring together community stakeholders, educators, and other local leaders to support and highlight efforts to ensure that El Paso remains competitive as technological, math, and engineering-focused careers continue to become an increasingly significant sector of the local and national economy.

The event’s lead sponsor is the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) – a not-for-profit organization focused on increasing the number of high-performing seats in El Paso’s public education system and thereby assuring a college-ready, competitive and skilled workforce.

“At CREEED, we recognize the vital role that STEAM education plays in providing students with the skills and tools that they need to be successful in the future,” said Richard A. Castro, Chairman of CREEED.

“We are honored to work with the STTE Foundation to celebrate some of our region’s most inspiring educators who are working to ensure that our students graduate prepared to succeed in college and beyond.”

The eight awardees honored at this year’s event are:
●      CREEED Education Leadership Award – Margie Nelson Rodriguez, El Paso Community College

●      El Paso Electric Regional Innovator Award – Lauren Curry, New Mexico State University

●      Glassell Family Foundation Inspirational Pathway Award – Hector Lugo Nevarez, University of Texas at El Paso

●      Prudential Math Architect Award – Sergio Estrada, Riverside High School, YISD

●      Microsoft Technology Cultivator Award – James Ryan, Frank Macias Elementary,  Clint ISD

●      Entrepreneurship Producer Award – Michael Nelson, Fab Labs El Paso

●      Outstanding School Achievement Award – Manuela Gomez, Professor, El Paso Community College, Philosophy Club

●      STEAM Creator Award – Alejandra Galindo, Clint ISD

El Paso Electric presents $15k grant to STTE Foundation in support of STEAM Education

El Paso Electric (EPE), through its Community Partner Program, presented a $15,000 grant at a check presentation ceremony to the Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation to continue its advocacy of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education.

“Our commitment to the community we serve extends far beyond providing a reliable and sustainable source of electricity to each of our customers, it is about partnering with our community and asking, where can we help?” shares Adrian J. Rodriguez, interim CEO of EPE.

“We realized there was a need for support for our local robotics teams, and with the help of the STTE Foundation, we were able to create a fund that will assist students and educators directly in a field that is evolving quickly. It is important that we assist our education partners with the ability to develop and retain talent like our youth in our region.”

The EPE grant will go towards STTE’s continued efforts to develop curriculum centered around STEAM, and its robotics program. The STTE Robotics Program includes coding and engineering where over 160 students took advantage of this opportunity.
“For decades we all have been users and consumers of technology; however, the evolution of technology now grants us both access and the ability to craft it the way we would like to see it,” said Joseph Sapien, executive director of the STTE Foundation. “Our youth have the potential and the passion to be leaders in the technology and engineering sectors, so now it is about creating and expanding platforms for them to deem it possible.”
STTE has taken the partnership with EPE a step further by launching the inaugural Sun City Challenge, the Foundation’s newest initiative the will encompass a virtual reality and 3D competition open to high school students within EPE’s service territory.
Students are called to re-engineer, design, and educate their community on the power of renewable energy.
EPE will use the products created by the winning teams in each category as educational tools and presentations led by the Company’s renewable and emerging technologies department. There will be $10,000 in cash prizes awarded to the winning teams in their respective categories.
The STTE Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to partnering with public and private middle and secondary schools and institutions of higher learning to advance the competitiveness of the borderplex region through digital literacy, access to STEAM fields and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Officials with the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation, New Mexico State University, the regions’ three largest school districts – Ysleta, Socorro and El Paso, as well as students from Eastwood High School’s Robotics Team were in attendance.

CREEED presents $100k grant to STTE Foundation; New partnership announced

At STEAMX’s 10th anniversary event on Friday, the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) presented the Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation with a $100,000 grant.

“We are thrilled to accept this generous contribution from CREEED, which will help thousands of students in El Paso prepare for advanced learning opportunities in STEAM subjects,” said Joseph Sapien, Executive Director of STTE.  “CREEED is directly aligned with our foundation’s core mission. Together, we can increase the percentage of students entering STEAM fields in college and in their careers.”

The donation will support events and programming for students in the El Paso region pursuing higher education opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The STTE Foundation is committed to a 20-year plan to enhance the regional economy through educational programs and meaningful partnerships.

Last year, the STTE Foundation reached 2,601 youth from the region, and it hopes to double that number in 2019. The $100,000 contribution from CREEED will support the foundation’s capital campaign and help fund various programs in the community, including STEAMX – a two day event that provides middle and high school students the opportunity to participate in real-world STEAM-based competitions.

“Student attainment in El Paso and across the border region is a top priority at CREEED.  We are committed to increasing opportunities for our students not only to be prepared for college, but also to expand their awareness of STEAM subjects and careers,” said Eddie Rodriguez, Executive Director of CREEED.

“Our partnership with STTE will allow us to prepare more students for continued education and STEAM careers, strengthen community support, and encourage parental involvement through programs, events and scholarship opportunities.”

Along with community events, this contribution will also support summer camps with the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech University and New Mexico State University, as well as after-school programs run by K.I.C.K (Kids, Innovation, Computer Science, Know-How), an organization that inspires careers in  technology and advances STTE’s goal of 100% digital literacy for youth by 2030.

A complete list of events, workshops and winners from  the STEAMX 2019 competition event can be found via this link.

Students prepare for 10th Annual STEAMx Fiesta and Competition

Hundreds of local middle and high schoolers will be competing in the STEAMx (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Fiesta, organized by STTE (Success Through Technology Education) Foundation, in collaboration with Workforce Solutions Borderplex.

“For the last 10 years, the STEAMx events have captivated and engaged the region’s youth,” organizers shared via a news release. “This 2-day mega event is specially developed to increase students’ awareness of the opportunities that exist in STEAM-oriented education and careers.”

This year’s anniversary theme of “Are you Creating STEAM?” commemorates 10 years of capturing Generation Z’s zest for tech and the arts, and the organizers are also celebrating all the students who have benefitted from this event and have made great strides in the STEM world.

Joyce Wilson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex and Board Member of the STTE Foundation, “This year’s STEAMx Fiesta is really substantive with quality workshops and a great keynote speaker. By making the Fiesta an all-day, 2-day event, we’ve enabled more students to enjoy this barrier-breaking event, allowing them to have more time to explore the many activities we bring to this event each year.”

To kick off the STEAMx Fiesta on April 4th and 5th, middle-schoolers from all corners of the region will hear an inspirational keynote presentation from STEM expert, Noramay Cadena.

Cadena is an engineer and the founding partner of MiLA Capital; an early stage venture fund in Los Angeles that invests in hard tech.  Students will then venture into a day-long STEM exploration, where they will attend a variety of exciting workshops ranging from architecture, recycling and product development, 3-D ventures, comic book creation, amongst many others.

Western Tech will be offering a featured series of women-focused tech workshops highlighting women of impact in the information technology, engineering, and automotive technology industries. In between sessions, students will delight in visiting a broad variety of STEM-oriented exhibitors featuring hands-on activities.

The STEAMx Competitions on Friday, April 5th challenge high school students to take STEAM applications and apply them to innovative, real-word project-based competitions.

Hundreds of students will face off in duels of coding, math challenges, designing smart tiny houses, chess matches, and 3-D competitions. The region’s brightest students have been diligently working for months on their projects where prize money and bragging rights are up for grabs in their STEM specialties, as they come together once a year, to share their innovative ideas with their peers.

This year’s 10th anniversary of STEAMx also marks an important development in the leadership and vision of growth for future STEAMx events, as Workforce Solutions Borderplex will now be passing the torch onto the STTE Foundation to fully manage and take this mega event onto next level heights.

“This special transition emphasizes STTE’s mission in the region on supporting efforts that develop, deploy, and advance educational programs and initiatives focused on harvesting youth entrepreneurship ecosystems and technology comprehension, that will make Borderplex youth competitive on a global scale,” event organizers said,  “The STTE Foundation is committed to enhancing the regional economy through educational programs, maximizing meaningful partnerships, and embracing family support mechanisms.”

STEAMx Fiesta – DAY 1

Thursday, April 4, 2019

9 am – 2 pm

Region 19 Headstart, 11670 Chito Samaniego, 79936

TARGET – 500 Middle school students

**Keynote speaker – 9 am; Noramay Cadena


STEAMx Fiesta – DAY 2

Friday, April 5, 2019

9 am – 2 pm

Region 19 Headstart, 11670 Chito Samaniego, 79936

TARGET – 500 Middle school students


STEAMx Competitions

Friday, April 5, 2019

9 am – 5 pm

EPCC Administration Building B, 9050 Viscount, 79925

TARGET – High school students

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