1000+ Middle and High Schoolers Go STEM Crazy

April 1, 2016

EL PASO, TX (April 1, 2016) The 2016 STEM+Art Fiesta which is coordinated annually by Workforce Solutions Borderplex and the STEM+Art Fiesta Committee kicks off next week.  The multidimensional, two-day event for middle and high school students in the Borderplex Region was designed to increase student awareness of career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Art disciplines.  This year there are seven STEM and Art high school competitions in addition to workshop rotations for middle schoolers.  The media is invited to cover all the STEM+Art Fiesta activities.

Thursday, April 7th from 8:00am to 4:30pm
ESC REGION 19 Head Start
11670 Chito Samaniego Drive
El Paso, Texas  79936

1000 middle school students will participate in workshop learning in the concentrations of architecture, robotics, culinary arts, and music.  Over 30 exhibitors will entertain the students in areas such as the Drone and Game Zones.  Dan Barstow with CASIS will present the group with a dynamic keynote address at 9:00am and 1:00pm.  High school competitions in the VEX Robotics, KODU Game Lab and the STEMentorship categories will also take place on this day.

Friday, April 8th from 8:30am to 7:00pm
EPCC Administration Building B
9050 Viscount
El Paso, Texas  79925

Over 40 high school teams will compete in the STEM Business Challenge, Living on Mars Model Showcase, JAVA Coding, and the Prudential Math Challenge.  A reception, awards ceremony, and recognition program will be held from 5:00 to 7:00pm.  Thousands of dollars in cash prizes and scholarships will be granted.

About Dan Barstow

Daniel Barstow is the Education Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab.  He supports large-scale public-access and educational use of the ISS, to explore and learn about Earth, life and physical science, from the unique perspective of space. He has a deep history in education, with a special focus on experiential and immersive learning.  Daniel founded and directed the Center for Earth and Space Science Education at the Technical Education Research Center, was President of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and Director of the Space Station Academy at the Virtual High School.  He is a nationally regarded expert in Earth and space science, climate and energy education.  He has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over a dozen National Science Foundation and NASA-funded projects.  He is a co-founder of the Climate Literacy Network, was a member of the National Academy of Science panel on America’s Climate Choices, and Principal Investigator of Windows on Earth, software used by astronauts on the International Space Station to help them photograph Earth for science and education.


To learn more about the 2016 STEM+Art Fiesta, visit http://www.borderplexjobs.com/programs-and-services/stem