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Successful STEAM Conference Offers Hands-On Experience for TISD Students

TOMBALL - In Tomball ISD, a focus on hands-on learning was evident once again as the 2018 STEAM Conference welcomed in over 350 TISD students, between grades 3-12, to Creekside Park Junior High last Saturday.


The district event was a half-day conference designed to expose students to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics through education and mentoring opportunities while also providing critical learning sessions for students interested in STEAM.


Building off last year's conference, Tomball ISD was able to add more student sessions, led by Tomball ISD professionals as well as business partners and college students, which were able to share their real first-hand experiences.


Throughout the day and across all grade levels, students were able to use their math skills to Escape the Math Room, build their own personalized Bristle Bots, extract strawberry DNA and practice creating games with coding to name a few.


Being able to expose students to a variety of learning paths will in turn, enable them to broaden their range of opportunities as they prepare for their future here in Tomball ISD. The STEAM Conference provides that exposure.


“We hope to continue to offer this type of event so that students can experience the fun that can come with Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math,” Ozuna said. “Our goal is to introduce them to career fields that they might not otherwise consider and open up potentially new paths for their future.”


In addition to student learning opportunities and new to the event, the STEAM Conference incorporated a Parent Expo, which provided parents of TISD students a chance to learn about some of the opportunities available for their children.


“It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to provide an outlet for parents to gain more insight into what STEAM is all about and how we incorporate it into our curriculum here in Tomball ISD,” Jessica Ozuna, TISD Director of CTE said.

 

About CTE (Career & Technical Education)

Career & Technical Education (CTE) is preparation for the future! The purpose of all CTE programs is to provide students with rigorous and relevant experience that will prepare them and educate them on growing, high wage career fields! There's a misconception that these programs aren't for college bound students. CTE courses are for anyone. They're for anyone who will ever live on their own, manage a budget, have a career or who wants to be a successful adult.


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About Tomball Independent School District

Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 16,000 students at 20 campuses.