Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!! We are extremely excited to continue implementing S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics), the 5 E Model, Acton Based- Learning, PBLs, 3D printing, and augmented reality using zSpace technology with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and practices in Secondary Science in Alief ISD! Many meaningful experiences for students are in the horizon for this school year as we have an amazing partnership with the Navy Department of Outreach with SeaPerch Underwater Robotics (www.seaperch.org) where our award winning students have gone on to nationals two years running!
Local partners such Chevron has sponsored the JASON Project (www.jason.org) for our campuses. The JASON Learning curricula exposes students to real scientists, inquiry experiences that occur in scientific career fields, and an amazing amount of connections to current events in our world. We have had three students participate in the JASON Learning National Argonaut Program. Shell has been invaluable in helping our program to flourish with inquiry labs resources (POGIL), video game design with Mage Makers, and our Alief ISD -HCC STEM Camp! Citgo has purchased science a Mobile Science Lab Bus and supplies for the van including laptops, digital cameras, and key lab supplies needed by our campuses,etc in addition to working with our SeaPerch program and sending a teacher to sea through the Ocean Exploration Trust and the Nautilus Ambassador Program. Houston Community College (MMI), Bernard Harris Foundation, and the University of Houston -Downtown have been instrumental in establishing after school STEM program and summer STEM camps!
Moreover, our students excell in academic competitions such as the Alief ISD Secondary Science Fair, Science and Engineering Fair of Houston, the Exxon Mobil Science and Engineering Fair of Texas, and the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project (I-SWEEEP).
We strongly believe in our teachers' and our students' success every day in every way in Alief ISD! We have the absolutely best teachers and students in the nation! We are setting the standard for great STEM instruction and innovative learning in science!
Yours in Science,
Dr. Karen D. Jacobs, Denia Puerto-Rivera, Gilda Klonek, and the Secondary Science Leadership Team