A Fort Bend ISD CSTEM (Communication, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) feeder pattern team – representing Jones Elementary School, Missouri City Middle School and Marshall High School – competed in the 2012 International CSTEM Challenge, on March 31 and earned five top awards.
This year, more than 2,000 students and 200 teachers from 30 schools from the Dominican Republic, Memphis City Schools in Tennessee, Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland and schools in the Greater Houston area participated in the competition, now in its seventh year. The annual competition for elementary, middle, and high school students provides a platform for historically underserved children, such as minorities and girls, to showcase their student-generated artifacts developed in project-based, hands-on learning experiences developed by CSTEM with a focused theme of “Everyone is an Artist and an Engineer.” The categories of competition include Robotics, Geographical Information System (GIS), CSTEM Quiz Bowl, Creative Writing, Sculpture, Mural, and Green.
The FBISD team’s high school competitors earned 2nd place in Robotics and 3rd place in both Geographical Information System and CSTEM Quiz Bowl. Senior Alexis Kyle will also receive a CSTEM honor cord recognizing her participation in the CSTEM Challenge on all three levels of competition over the years – elementary, middle and high school. She competed as a student at Glover Elementary School, Missouri City Middle School and currently at Marshall High School. At the elementary level, Daniel Phillips received the CSTEM Elementary Grand Ambassador award, the highest leadership award presented in the elementary division.
The award honors a student who best captures the spirit of leadership, demonstrates best use of social media for communication, displays best teamwork within the feeder pattern, community impact, parental involvement, and high level peer participation in the CSTEM Challenge activities.
Ambassadors are also required to document their team’s activities on CSTEMBreak – a social network where students and teachers post updates on their projects throughout the year. As the winner, Phillips will receive a laptop computer and an official CSTEM blazer.