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Secondary STEM

Texas is expected to have the second-highest percentage of the nation's future STEM job opportunities and to ensure SAISD students are prepared for this workforce, SAISD's Secondary STEM program utilizes indicators of a high-quality STEM program from TEA to assist campus leadership, faculty and staff create robust and sustainable STEM programs at the campus level.  The program supports campuses through a collaborative effort to unite stakeholders with the district to increase the number of students working toward STEM careers. In addition to growing STEM integration in SAISD, Secondary STEM oversees programs such as Esports, Robotics, Cyber Patriot, Electric Car-ACE Race and STEM PBL for 6th through 12 grade. These programs creative authentic STEM engagements that utilize 21st Century Skills, hands on learning, and post- secondary ideologies to expose all SAISD students to STEM.    
  • Students from Harris, Rhodes, Lowell and Tafolla created CO2 cars for competition. Students learn how to measure their Fusion Foam block to sketch CO2 dragster design on graph paper.

  • SMART Camper at Harris MS drills a hole for the axel needed for his CO2 car. Students practiced safety measures when using this mini drill press to shape and create their CO2 dragsters.

  • SAISD students competed in the first ever all district Cyber Threat Defender tournament on March 31, 2022. Students from YMLA, CAST Med, Sam Houston and Hot Wells Middle School were in attendance.

  • Engineering and Automotive students gear up for the ACE Race competition at Lanier High School. Students troubleshooted electrical issues in their electric car.

  • Lanier VOK, Penelope, troubleshoots electric issues with their ACE Race electric car. Team members worked on various diagnostics before competition day.

  • Jefferson Mustangs ESports Team receiving a pep talk from coach before they face off against teams at the R20 tournament hosted by SAMSAT. Jefferson Esports members played League of Legends against area high schools at this event.

  • ESports team members face off against high school teams. Jefferson Mustangs during the R20 tourney playing League of Legends.

  • Longfellow FLL student explains team's innovative project while they wait to go into competition. Each team creates an innovative solution to a real-world problem every season.

  • Whittier's Team, Robot Hawks, received the Breakthrough Award at the Regional State Championship.

  • Sam Houston Engineering student hold up her certification from Autodesk, Inventor. Students in our programs have outcomes such as receiving industry based certifications before they graduate from high school.

ESports, or "electronic sports," are video games that can be played competitively as an individual or as a team. There are many games that are considered ESports and in SAISD, there are approved games for teams to utilize.  ESports in SAISD is taking video gaming to another level with competitive gameplay between two teams, governed by it's own strict set of rules/guidelines. Teams and individual students use communication, critical and strategic thinking, creativity, sportsmanship and leadership skills to be successful. 

For more information about ESports in SAISD, access our SharePoint.

For questions please contact the points of contact by filling out the form below. 

Robbie Hernandez
Jefferson HS Head ESports Coach
ESports District Lead

Robotics in SAISD guides students through STEM learning and exploring through a hands on competitive approach to solving real world problems.  These activities introduce science, technology, engineering and mathematics to students.  Some of the competitions SAISD students will be able to participate in are FIRST, a global robotics community preparing young people for the future, SABest, WER USA, TSA VEX Robotics and more!

TSA VEX Robotics

Cyber Patriot is a national youth cyber education program created in the US to hep direct students toward careers in cybersecurity or other computer, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. This program was created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other STEM disciplines. 

Secondary STEM is currently working on expansion of the Electric Car program in order to compete in the Alamo City Electrathon.  SAISD currently has 1 vehicle that is housed at Lanier High School in the Engineering program.  Campuses interested in participating in the Alamo City Electrathon.

Project-Based Learning (PBL) takes STEM concepts and applies them to real-world problems.  Students explore multiple concepts, ideas and solutions around a real-world problem or challenge. In SAISD, multiple campuses utilize PBL centered around STEM as a student engagement tool. STEM PBL activities have included CO2 Dragster races, Drones, Robotics, and many more.  
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