March 2022 C-STEM Newsletter

Message from Dr. Reagan Flowers

Classroom Inclusivity Encourages STEM Outside School

Feeling able to accomplish a skill begins with confidence. When it comes to STEM education, that confidence starts with inclusivity. According to a new North Carolina State University study, creating a sense of belonging in classrooms helps students feel more capable of working on STEM subjects outside of school.  Read the Full Article…

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Partner Spotlight

AspenTech Partnership Helps Reward Student Efforts

We are excited to announce a new partnership between AspenTech and C-STEM. Funds from the partnership are being utilized to provide awards and prizes to students participating in the C-STEM Challenge Program. We greatly appreciate the work and thought leadership of Byron Gautier, Nerissa Lawford, Nema Gaye, Natasha Lockett, Anie DaCosta, Adeleye Lufadeju, Nathan Lee, and Emily Merino of the AspenTech family. 

Thank you AspenTech for supporting our footprint in the community! 

Opportunities & Deadlines

Take action!

Watch this section for great opportunities coming up or closing soon.

Calling All C-STEM Graduating Seniors

Request a C-STEM Honor Cord and have the chance to receive a scholarship. This opportunity is open to current and former C-STEM students.

Deadline to Request Cord is Monday May 2

Volunteers Needed for the National C-STEM Challenge Competition

April 22-23
In person volunteer opportunities are needed for the Sheldon ISD C-STEM Challenge.

Register to volunteer

Teacher Quality Partner Grants

Educational agencies, partners, schools, and departments can apply for grants to improve student achievement; improve the preparation of prospective teachers and enhance professional development activities for new teachers; hold teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education accountable for preparing teachers; and to recruit highly qualified individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force.

Apply by April 26

Code@TACC Summer Camps

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin recently received a $120,000 grant from the Harman-Mayes-Sooch Family Fund to support Code@TACC’s three summer camps — Code@TACC RoboticsCode@TACC Cybersecurity, and Code@TACC Connected for high school students. Students can attend these summer STEM camps for FREE.

Apply by April 25

This Month's Highlights

2021 Annual Report Celebrates C-STEM’s Resilience

Please take a minute to read our 2021 Annual Report. The theme, “Resilience in a Changing World” centers on the ways C-STEM reinvented and reimagined its offerings throughout the continuing aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are so fortunate for you – our sponsors, partners, leaders, and supporters. More than anyone, you recognize the great need of underserved and underrepresented students and do all you can to help us continually evolve and be of greater service. 

Thank you for every single thing you do to support C-STEM!

Read the 2021 Annual Report here.

Please Welcome Our New Intern

C-STEM is excited to welcome Jarid Williams to the team as the newest participant in our internship program. Jarid is a sophomore studying computer science at Houston Community College. Jarid will be tasked with updating/maintenance on the C-STEM Mobile App and the CSTEMbreak social platform, along with developing the 2023 C-STEM Challenge Coding Curriculum for Pre K – 12th grade students.

“I look forward to continuing the great work C-STEM has been doing with engaging the youth in STEM activities and learning”

Houston Women’s Magazine Features Dr. Flowers

Congratulations to C-STEM Founder and CEO Dr. Flowers, who was selected as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2020-2021. She was featured in a full-page article in the Winter 2022 issue of the Houston Women’s Magazine. In addition to acknowledging Dr. Flowers’ hard work, this kind of recognition raises awareness and support for C-STEM’s much-needed impact in education.

Calling All Graduating Seniors

We’re excited to celebrate this year’s graduating high school seniors with special C-STEM cords for their graduation caps. Any former or current student who has participated in the C-STEM Challenge is eligible, and will also have the chance to receive a scholarship. All requests must be submitted by Monday, May 2. Request a cord here.

C-STEM Celebrates Opening with Trinity

C-STEM attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for Trinity Preparation Academy on March 15. Trinity United Methodist Church opened the academy to serve children 3 months old through Pre-K age. Congratulations on this new center!


Festival Showcases Student Talent, Skills

This month, C-STEM attended the Harmony Science Academy STEAM/International Festival and witnessed the students showcase their outstanding, creative science projects and STEM/Art related skills.

Blast from the Past

We enjoy taking you down memory lane and are always hopeful that you spot yourself in a video or image that we share. C-STEM has touched so many lives in communities near and far. It is our hope that this memory places a smile on your face and warms your heart. We are so grateful for every member of the C-STEM family! Please enjoy hearing from the students as we go all the way back to the 2011 C-STEM Challenge Day.

Thank You To Our Sponsors And Partners

Executive Board

Advisory Board

Michael Aldridge
Shomari Williams
Joi Beasley
Zawadi Bryant
Bobby Bryant
Lucy Bremond
Antonio ‘Tony’ Canales
LaQuita Cyprian
Laolu Davies Yemitan
Gayle Fallon
Ruthie Esene
Michael Harris
Renee Logans
David Medina
Antoinette Jackson
Scott Minnix
Dr. Sandra Saldana Ortega
Susan Taylor
Dr. Frazier Wilson
Syalisa Winata
Ross Peters
Dr. Robert Satcher
Charles Samuel
Miloni Shah
Cherrilyn B. Nedd
Dr. Martina Ogbonna
Dr. Letitia Franklin Ozoude

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11th Annual State of STEM Education Stakeholder Breakfast

Please join us at The Junior League of Houston from 7:30-9:00 AM

11th Annual State of STEM Education Stakeholder Breakfast

Please join us at The Junior League of Houston from 7:30-9:00 AM