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El Paso ISD Pilot Program Trains Students to Become Tech Entrepreneurs

A pilot program aimed at creating tech-savvy entrepreneurs brought together more than 400 EPISD high-school students to give them a leg up on their road to success.

The Success through Technology Education Foundation brought Techstars — a nationally known program that mentors and trains new entrepreneurs — to Bowie High School for a first of its kind high-school program.

The half-day training gave students real-world scenarios and steps to start up a business.

“The goal of having Techstars program will be to excite and engage youth by the masses to make a lasting impact in El Paso,” said Joseph Sapien, the foundation’s executive director. “If students can self-identify as an entrepreneur and gain the confidence of starting businesses, then they are more likely to start them here.”

Sapien, who coordinates a STEM Business Challenge, saw how TechStars presented an attractive and innovative model tailored to college and professional startups, and thought the model would work for high school students.

He worked with CTE facilitator Victor Martel to coordinate the workshop for EPISD CTE students.

“They are learning the business model and taping into their entrepreneur talents that they probably don’t know they have,” Martel said. “El Paso ISD was chosen to pilot this program so this opportunity for the city is phenomenal. Our students are the only ones in the country getting it right now. It’s inspiring them to look at themselves as entrepreneurs.”

Bowie senior Ethan Ontiveros’ team worked on a business plan to create a battery to power gymnasiums by using students’ energy on treadmills and stationary bikes.

“This shows high school students that they can do anything they want,” Ontiveros said. “Nothing is a dumb idea. They have showed us how to market our business, how to grow and be open to new things.”

Coronado High senior Valerie Camarena already knows she wants to start her own company one day in the field of technology or engineering.

“I don’t want to have a normal job like other people,” Camarena said. “This gives us a head start and gets us into it. It has improved my perspective. Instead of having an immature mind getting into this, you start thinking ‘I got to get my stuff together and be prepared for the real world.’ This throws you out there. I need to start building on it and be able speak out in front of people and turn my nervousness into excitement.”

Story by Reneé de Santos | Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

Gallery+Story: Borderplex Students ‘Get STEAMED,’ Win Big at STEAMx Competitions

Workforce Solutions Borderplex, in partnership with the STTE (Success Through Technology Education) Foundation, is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 STEAMx (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Competitions.

To celebrate, ten dynamic borderland student teams were recognized at an inspirational awards ceremony to celebrate the winners of the STEAMx Competitions.

Of the event, organizers said, “STEAMx is a vibrant, high-impact 2-day event, specially developed to captivate and engage the Borderplex region’s youth, to increase their awareness of the opportunities that exist in STEAM-oriented education and careers. With this year’s theme of “Get STEAMED”, the goal was to capture Generation Y’s zeitgeist in this all-encompassing event that challenges students to take STEAM applications and apply them to innovative, real-word project-based competitions.”

The STEAMx Competitions challenged Borderplex students in a series of stimulating STEAM-oriented projects ranging from Smart Tiny House development to Coding to Traveling on Mars.

The honors were held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in conjunction with the 2018 STEAMx corporate sponsors, Workforce Solutions Borderplex and the STTE Foundation.

The following are the scholarships and competition winners:

STEAMx SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ($1,000)

1. JOSE A. FLORES GOMEZ – Mission Early College HS

2. JOE R. FLORES – Presidio HS

3. MIGUEL GARCIA – Mission Early College HS

4. BIANCA ALONDRA PAYAN – El Paso HS

5. RICARDO RAMIREZ – Eastwood HS

6. IVYE BLYTHE ARIOJA DOLINO – Presidio HS

7. ALEJANDRA LOPEZ – Mission Early College HS

8. CRYSTAL LICON – Eastwood HS

9. JULIAHNA HAYES – Pebble Hills HS

10. DANIEL CARRILLO – Presidio HS

11. CHRISTOPHER YANEZ – Valle Verde Early College HS

12. DIEGO G. MALDONADO – Valle Verde Early College HS

The STEAMx scholarships were sponsored by El Paso Electric with a $10,000 donation, and by El Paso Community College, with a $2,000 donation.

Smart Tiny House sponsored by AT&T

• First Place $4000 – Riverside and Eastlake High Schools

• Second Place $1000 – Team Woods El Paso High and Burges High

App Design sponsored by Workforce Solutions Borderplex

• First Place $1,500- Harmony Student Assistant App

• Second Place $500 – Brown Bag

Applied Tech sponsored by UTEP Academic Technologies

• First Place $1250 – Eastwood HS

• Second Place $750 -Presidio HS

Architecture Traveling on Mars sponsored by Texas Tech College of Architecture

• First Place $1500 -The Orcus

• Second Place $500 -Northwest Early College HS

3D sponsored by Hunt Family Foundation

• First Place $1500 -Northwest Early College HS

• Second Place $500 – AEA El Dorado

Makerspace sponsored by FabLab El Paso

• First Place $1250 – STEAM Fabens HS

• Second Place $750 – Harmony Science Academy

Business sponsored by CoWork Oasis

• First Place $2,000 -Geo Prizm Valle Verde High

• Second Place $500 -Del Valle High MBA

Java Coding sponsored by Sigma Pivot

• First Place, $1500 -Northwest Early College HS

• Second Place $500- Eastwood HS

Robotics sponsored by VEX $2,000

• Tournament Champions -Canutillo, Hanks and Socorro HS’s

• Eastwood HS – Excellence • Hanks HS – Skills

The Prudential Foundation – Math Challenge

Middle School Math Counts

• First Place $2000 -Mathletes from Marfa Middle School

• Second Place $1000 -Team-Team from St. Marks School

High School Math Challenge

First Place $2500 – Pebble Hills High School (PMC003)

• Second Place $1000 – Pebble Hills High School (PMC002)

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