New Smart Phone Use: Robot Remote Control!

Yesterday, some of  the CSTEM Project GRAD summer camp students joined Deborah Duncan on KHOU Great Day Houston. The episode featured a discussion about the increasing number of technology innovators. A group of our students attended the taping and camp participant, Sergio Cruz  showed spectators a new use of the smart phone as a remote control. Sergio is going to use this robot for a robot soccer competition in the CSTEM Project GRAD 2011 Summer Camp Expo. The Expo will exhibit the projects the students have been working on in their classes. On Friday, June 30, the students will showcase their green (eco-friendly), robotics, creative writing and art projects.

CSTEM Project GRAD Summer 2011 Camp on KHOU

Program gives students career options

Program gives students career options
by Elahe Izadi

Seventh-grader Elvis Jimenez of Riverdale said he never really thought much about sea turtles, but since January, he has voluntarily been spending time during and after school shooting and producing video segments about saving the aquatic reptiles.

“I care about it now, because we have a chance to save these animals that are going extinct,” he said.

Jimenez, 12, is one of 26 students at William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale participating in a nationwide competition with math, art and science challenges, organized and partially funded by the Houston-based nonprofit Communication, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or CSTEM. (more…)

Innovative Thinking Leads to Innovative Actions

Innovative Thinking Leads to Innovative Actions, which result in creative solutions that otherwise might not have derived from a preplanned strategy in a binder on your shelf, or a folder in your computer.

By Reagan Flowers, PhD

CSTEM subscribes to the notion that students must learn how to think critically and creatively, just as much as they need to learn math and science. One solution to reducing the dropout rate, developing competitive STEM students, and increasing the number of students, particularly minority and female students engaged in the pursuit of knowledge in math and science is creating more classrooms that thrive on real-world learning experiences that support applied knowledge, skills, research, and discovery. Schools must subscribe to learning environments that teach students how to approach problems from multiple perspectives, combining various approaches to developing innovative solutions. Similar to how CSTEM is working to assist Pre K-12 schools with transforming STEM classrooms and learning environments, Roger Martin of the Rotman School of Management is doing the same but with students in the business school. (more…)