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Students rewarded for offering solutions to Climate Change, Digital Divide

On Thursday, May 28, Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation wrapped up the school year with a virtual awards ceremony that rewarded students for their hard work completing in two of the most difficult real-world competitions sponsored by Prudential, El Paso Electric, and Workforce Solutions Borderplex.

A passionate group of young math students attempted to solve the national digital divide issue in the 5th Annual Prudential Math Challenge.

“At STTE, we strive to design and deploy real-world competitions that help students problem-solve unimaginable circumstances. This year especially, students rose to the occasion and provided some really innovative solutions to these unprecedented challenges,” Joseph Sapien, STTE Executive Director.

Students analyzed the impact Starlink will have on the world by providing internet access to everyone, globally. Beginning with seventeen teams, the competition concluded with the top three solutions.

First Place – Franklin High School, EPISD with $3,000 for the team

Second Place – Coronado High School, EPISD with $1,000 for the team

Third Place – El Paso High School, EPISD with tech prizes for the team

Finalist solutions presentations can be viewed by clicking here.

Similarly, another group of young student creators designed renewable energy virtual environments to help defeat climate change in the first-ever El Paso Electric Sun City Challenge.

Competition categories included a solar star mountain and education tourist center, historical landmark, and smart neighborhoods all with renewable energy solutions.

Lastly, teams had export scene into the Oculus, 3D print, and track progress with an engineering portfolio.

El Paso Solar Star Mountain and Tourist Center Category-

First Place – Santa Teresa with $2,500 for the team

Second Place – Socorro with $500 for the team

Third Place – Fabens High in prizes for the team

Historic Landmark or Building Category- 

First Place – Socorro High School with $2,500 for the team

Second Place – Northwest Early College with $500 for the team

Third Place – Bowie High in prizes for the team

Smart Neighborhood Category –

First Place -Burges with $2,500 for the team

Second Place – Santa Teresa with $500 for the team

Third Place – Socorro High in prizes for the team

“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.”

Finalist solutions presentations can be viewed by clicking here

Riverside High Teacher honored with Prudential Math Architect Award by STTE Foundation

Riverside High School science teacher Sergio Estrada received the Prudential Math Architect Award from the Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation.

“Mr. Estrada pushes his students to view the world through the eyes of physics and math in order to provide a deeper understanding of the world around them,” Ysleta ISD officials shared. “He encourages students to apply to NASA internships, summer engineering camps at tier 1 universities, and to challenge themselves through STEM competitions.”

Estrada’s students won the Prudential Math Challenge last spring, have won a national NASA sponsored competition, and each year reach over 1,000 people by doing science demonstrations at local schools and the Chihuahuas stadium.

This past summer Estrada was selected by the Texas Space Grant Consortium to be part of NASA’s LiftOff summer institute and one of eight teachers nationwide to be selected for Joint Science and Technology Institute in Aberdeen, Maryland.

“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 organization hosted the 2019 Education Awards honoring eight leaders in education who are preparing students to be successful in the modern economy.

The educators recognized during the ceremony have excelled at supporting young students to pursue careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) fields, providing innovating 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.

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

STTE Foundation, Innoventure at Arrowhead Center team up to launch ‘Unicorn Teens’

Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation, with support from partners, is launching Unicorn Teens, a new Ed Tech app that will focus on uniting the next generation of innovators with entrepreneurial and educational programs aimed at driving startup creation and solving economic challenges.

“We are thrilled to launch Unicorn Teens in conjunction with NMSU’s Innoventure program as it allows us a solid starting point to reach a diverse and regional market base. By deploying education programs and correlating them with social media features; students will have enjoyable learning experiences, thus spurring innovation.” Joseph Sapien, STTE Executive Director.

The first educational program Unicorn Teens is launching is Innoventure which was developed by New Mexico State University (NMSU) Arrowhead Center.

Innoventure is a series of four mini-business high school competitions held throughout the school year from the region. Competitors will be encouraged to download the app and receive relevant notifications, share innovations, and post comments socially.

For the past several months, STTE has been working alongside Parabeac, the software company developing the Ed-Tech app.

Future improvement plans for the app include the integration of a step-by-step business model canvas with tools to help students with industry & market analysis as well as adding video capabilities.

Users can download the Unicorn Teens app on both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store

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.

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