Westlake High School students will receive a state-of-the art design lab for information technology in August, providing a new home for classes such as Swift Coding and Computer Science to be taught in a relaxed environment fit for collaboration. Jeremy Trimble, chief operations officer for the district, said at the March 6 school board meeting, “there was a line item in the 2015 bond to repurpose and renovate the existing network operations center” located in the high school, to create this new co-curricular space. view article arw

FIRST RGV, a local K-12 educational non-profit, is dedicating its STEM learning expo to world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who passed away on Tuesday. The expo, to be held at the Pharr Events Center, will see 450 students aged 5-12 from across the Valley using FIRST LEGO equipment. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sponsors, Workforce Solutions, have contracted with FIRST RGV. view article arw

About 20 Humble ISD high school students assembled in the Turner Stadium parking lot to partake in literal rocket science on Thursday, March 8. This final day of a two-day rocket launch was originally scheduled for January, but was postponed twice due to inclement weather. There was more on the line than bragging rights for these Career and Technology Education students, who are members of the Tuesday Night Technology Club. Students on the winning team received their very own drones. view article arw

The robotics team from the Kelton Independent School District is heading to the world championship in robotics. view article arw

In an effort to provide superior customer service, the Ysleta Independent School District introduced new Service Excellence Kiosks at every campus and central office. These new kiosks, which are located in areas easily accessed by visitors, feature a computer tablet with a three-question survey that allows visitors to provide immediate feedback on the level of customer service they have received before leaving the building. view article arw

Dear FWISD Parent or Guardian, It is very unfortunate that this letter must be written but I need your help with an ever-increasing threat to the safety and security of our schools. As you know, there have been too many actual school shootings in recent times. Just taken alone, those events are tragic, heart-breaking, and for many, result in life-long psychological or physical trauma. view article arw

Samantha the Five-Foot Robot and Willy Makit the CPR mannequin were just two of the dozens of community members who attended Angleton ISD’s Digital Showcase. Instructional Technology Coach Andrew Hamilton said Thursday night’s event is like a science fair, but electrified. The evening is an opportunity for students, parents, teachers and the community to come together and celebrate how technology has affected the classroom, he said. view article arw

Math and medicine go hand in hand. So do science, technology and engineering. As these separate disciplines are interrelated, so will they be at the new Harlingen STEMM Preparatory Academy when it opens this fall. STEMM stands for science, technology, engineering, math and medicine. The new academy will open to sixth and seventh graders for the 2018-2019 school year. It will be located at the former St. Paul’s Academy at 1920 E. Washington Ave. view article arw

Standing before a full classroom, the Brazoswood High School rocket engineering students betrayed no hint of self-doubt as they took a panel of professionals through the design process of a rocket they hope to launch by June. “We’ll put a half-inch on top and one-and-a-half inch on the bottom,” senior Brendan Fattig said, explaining the hybrid rocket’s fuel grain — a mixture of finely pressed powder that will help propel the hybrid rocket — with help from classmate Hugh Frank. view article arw

 President Donald Trump plans to meet with video game industry representatives as he considers responses to gun violence after the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people. The White House says attendees at Thursday's meeting include representatives of the Entertainment Software Association, the Entertainment Software Rating Board and the Parents Television Council. Others represent the Media Research Center, a video game distributor, a software company, along with the author of a book linking mass killings to violent video games. view article arw

Inappropriate photographs of Johnson City students being shared on Snapchat are being investigated by the district, the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office and federal authorities. In a letter sent home to parents dated March 2, the Johnson City Independent School District says people are using the social media app “to solicit inappropriate photos of minors.” Superintendent Richard Kolek says the case involves an unidentified number of JCISD students. view article arw

Another Career and Technical Education course is coming to Bay City High School after the BCISD school board approved a new Emergency Medical Technician program last week. The high school was able to hire a new health science teacher, Fawn Florez, who is also a certified EMT. Florez, Principal Chris Townsend and CTE coordinator Dr. Diane Farrar researched bringing EMT certification to BCHS students next year. view article arw

FIRST RGV says it is going to have to limit the number of teams that can enter their robotics competitions – unless the non-profit receives more local sponsorship. The news comes as three FIRST teams from the Rio Grande Valley are heading to a “super regionals” meet in Athens, Georgia. If successful there, the teams from La Joya ISD, McAllen ISD, and Mission CISD will be in FIRST’s world championships. view article arw

More than 350 employees with Rockdale Independent School District had their personal information stolen. District officials said an employee responded to an email from a scammer pretending to be the superintendent. view article arw

The Prairie View Elementary Lego Mindstorms team took first place at the first Northwest ISD robotics tournament. Principal Yolanda Wallace joined the team of Caleb Jones, Jayla Adams, Hayden Collins, Will Eurto and sponsor Samantha Bonnette in celebrating the title. view article arw

On the surface, it might just look like kids building robots, but the goals of the VEX Robotics competition, which staged a regional contest Feb. 25 at Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, include enriching lives with science, technology, engineering and math, teaching youths to think on their feet and stopping stereotypes. While schools from the Pasadena, Friendswood and Dickinson school districts did very well at the state level, the Astrobots team from Clear Creek ISD's Clear Brook High School earned a trip to the annual national championships, VEX Worlds, in April in Kentucky by taking first place with its robot at the state level. view article arw

On Feb. 10, Little Elm ISD fourth-grader Justin Kim and his team “Tidal Hackers” placed first in the elementary school category at the iCode4Kids Hackathon. Kim attends Prestwick STEM Academy, and he is working to complete his Green Belt at iCode, a STEM enrichment education program for students in first through 12th grades. view article arw

Gears are turning, hands are tinkering, and minds are working. The robotics team at Kelton ISD is hard at work. "We just like tinkering with stuff and building stuff and robotics is the perfect competition for that," said Brock Buckingham, a Kelton robotics student. view article arw

As technology changes, so must job training for the workforce. One state initiative wants to change the way students look at the computer science field, and local officials agree it is the right direction for their students. Computer Science For All, an initiative led by former President Barack Obama, was created to empower a generation of students with computer science skills they need to thrive in a digital economy.  view article arw

The students strapped the graphing calculator to the top of the small robot car, plugging it in so it could read the computer code they had just written to control its movements. They crouched on the floor Wednesday alongside the robot, bright blue with black wheels. Based on their programmed commands, it backed up and spun in a circle. view article arw

Bullying is an epidemic in schools today, but Port Arthur ISD is taking the lead in ensuring students' and parents' concerns don't go unnoticed. The 100 percent anonymous reporting tool allows students to 'See Something, Do Something', and encourages students to report on bullying, cyber bullying, harassment, dating violence, school threats, drug/alcohol usage, and other issues to school officials. Port Arthur ISD, known for its college-ready school curriculum, is preparing students for new opportunities and teaching them to encourage the best out of one another. Superintendent, Dr. Mark Porterie is expanding on these ideals by introducing this new communications platform to further provide a safer learning environment for the district. Utilizing Anonymous Alerts will give students more power to help each other by standing up for their peers. view article arw

A message tweeted from the account of an Irving ISD educator on Saturday accused a Florida school shooting survivor of being a "crisis actor." But the district official who owns the account, math coordinator Julie Merrill, denies writing the tweet and said she doesn't know who did. She said Sunday that she had taken down her Twitter account. view article arw

Killeen resident Michael Boyd, a 2003 Ellison High School graduate, recalled looking around at lunchtime at the hundreds of students overcrowding the school when he attended the school. As the student population continues to swell, he said he thinks supporting Killeen Independent School District’s proposed $426 million bond is imperative. view article arw

 A new computer program introduced to Waco ISD schools at the beginning of 2018 is already making an impact.  All of the district's schools are using Achieve 3000 to improve reading skills by catering to each student's individual needs.  Nearly 15,000 students across Waco now use computers daily to complete assignments that test their reading comprehension. view article arw

With events planned encouraging students, teachers, parents and administrators to walk out in protest of gun violence in schools, one Houston-area school district says students will not be allowed to participate on its campuses. view article arw

Alamo Heights Independent School District has adjusted their curriculum to help students stay digitally responsible and safe while online. "We think it's important to start at a really young age," said Sandra Shelton, Director of Technology at Alamo Heights ISD. "We want students to understand how to use the devices before they even get a hold of them." view article arw

Educators are always looking for ways to implement new technology to make learning fun, comfortable and effective, but access to the internet come with plenty of pitfalls. Lubbock ISD is bringing net-books into the classroom and with them, new training. Sherry Mitchell, the digital learning coordinator said it is one of the most effective ways to learn if you are careful.  view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District plans to implement many of the strategies in place in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD near Houston as they prepares to launch their own bus service to replace troubled bus agency Dallas County Schools, officials say. Records show CFISD has remarkably low transportation cost per student. The district provides bus service to a far higher percentage of its students and uses new technology Dallas does not have to boost safety and please parents. view article arw

Celina ISD Instructional Technology Specialist Tisha Poncio was recognized last week by the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) as one of the top three Instructional Tech Specialists in Texas. Poncio, who has been with the district for 18 years, spent nine years teaching a variety of subjects in the classroom. She now works at Celina High School with the teachers and students implementing the 1:1 technology, which provides tech to every student. view article arw

Nearly 500 students plus parents and teachers from across Longview ISD packed Lobo Coliseum on Saturday in pursuit of recognition for their scientific or technological exploits, but educators say the true prize was exposing young minds to interactive learning. The district has had an annual science fair for several years, but Saturday marked the first STEM Fair, in which students in grades five through 12 competed for a chance at scholarships and advancement to the regional science fair this spring in Kilgore, said Longview ISD STEM Coordinator Shalona McCray. view article arw

The Lufkin ISD Learning & Innovation Showcase will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lufkin High School. The 2018 Digital Learning Day will fall on the same day, and Sheila Adams, LISD’s executive director of communications and public relations, said the two events go hand in hand.“Digital Learning Day is not about the latest technology per se,” Adams stated in a press release. “It’s about utilizing innovative learning in the classroom.” view article arw

A McLennan County school district has implemented emergency planning software aimed at making inside knowledge about its facilities easy for first responders to access during dangerous situations, including gas leaks, natural disasters or even active shooter situations. Robinson Independent School District, the Robinson Police Department and the Robinson Volunteer Fire Department have spent the past year adopting CommandScope, and the $2,300 program recently became fully functional for all three entities, said David Wrzesinski, the district’s special programs director in charge of safety. Robinson is the first in Texas to adopt CommandScope, according to the company. It is one of many incident pre-planning programs available. view article arw

Pine Tree ISD has found a way to help not only students, but also parents and faculty, to report their concerns about bullying, depression, and even school violence to administrators. "We encourage the students that if they see something to say something." student services director Shalonda Adams said.  view article arw

Students who knew Nikolas Cruz, the teenager who opened fire on a Florida high school, recall his Instagram posts about killing animals and posing with a gun. Those are the kinds of posts Round Rock Independent School District administrators are looking for on the internet. The district partners with Social Sentinel, a company that searches for threatening words on social media. If the threat mentions a Round Rock school or if the person making the threat goes to Round Rock ISD, the district gets an alert. view article arw

Students in the Lewisville ISD had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Wednesday to learn about our country's space program. And the lesson went well beyond the textbook. view article arw