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UTA, Arlington ISD Team for More Science/Technology Programs

September 11, 2003

Three Colleges within The University of Texas at Arlington – Education, Engineering and Science – will provide assistance to the Arlington Independent School District (AISD) as they create and conduct new courses and activities that generate more student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Mid Cities Technical Club (MCTC) will partner in the effort.

The initiative will consist of two parts: the introduction of a series of pre-engineering courses in the junior and senior high school levels, and the development of six, extracurricular student clubs whose members have science, technology, engineering and mathematics interests.

The new courses will contain curriculum elements created by Project Lead The Way, a national alliance for pre-engineering programs. Professor Raymond Shoults, chair of the Electrical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering, will support these efforts.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Clubs will provide creative and fun environments that not only encourage students to pursue technically oriented careers, but also to construct projects and participate in the annual state Science and Technology Fair. Dr. Neal Smatresk, dean of the College of Science, coordinates the Science Fair competitions.

The Colleges of Engineering and Science, along with the MCTC, will provide stipends for teachers who advise and supervise the STEM clubs and for materials needed for Science Fair projects. The MCTC will also provide mentoring services. Harold Sobol is president of the club.

The College of Education, led by Dr. Jeanne Gerlach, is responsible for monitoring all of UTA’s K-12 initiatives with local school districts and will lend support on fund development to support the overall program. She will be working with Craig Wright, the director of Career and Technology Programs for the AISD.