STEM

Coppell tech program celebrates first graduation
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Fri, Dec 18, 2015 - 8:00am

by Mike Albanese

Students sat around the rectangular table on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. 

Their faces fixated on the screen, illuminated by the light emitting from their devices. 

Thirty students, ranging from fourth grade to as young as first grade, graduated from the Colaberry Kids STEM Community Initiative on Saturday. 

“We did not expect it would grow this much,” said Colaberry CEO and founder Ram Kotamaraja.

Kotamaraja founded the program a year ago and it began with 10 people. 

He said the program helps encourage children to be involved in...

Tags: faculty, STEM, TAMS

Institutions of Higher Education Win 100,000 Strong in the Americas Funding for Study Abroad with Support from ExxonMobil
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Wed, Dec 16, 2015 - 5:41am

The White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced nine new 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grants sponsored by ExxonMobil to support university partnerships and new study abroad programs at an event with Vice President Joe Biden. “We have to invest in the greatest natural resource we all have – in our people…this investment in our young minds is critically important,” Vice President Biden stated at the event. “It rests on exposure… exposure to culture, language, and politics of other countries. That’s how we’re going to build the closest...

Classroom Pioneers: Alan Pitkin
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Tue, Dec 8, 2015 - 12:15am

Believing students are the future, Alan Pitkin strives to draw creativity out of each pupil and provide them with life skills applicable in higher education or the work force.

Pitkin, the STEM teacher and career and technical education department chair at Lee High School, has worked at Lee since moving to Midland 29 years ago. Five years ago, Pitkin helped Lee establish its robotics program, which has grown to include four competition teams.

Pitkin believes teaching is a calling, not an occupation.

“Working long and hard hours every day for the administration and parents is a thankless job some days. It is...