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STEM Challenge: Where students learn and earn

Students have gone virtual. So has the Tech Titans STEM initiative and our ongoing commitment to inspire students to choose STEM careers.

Trying to learn from home represents so many challenges. For many North Texas students, increased food insecurity is exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

The Tech Titans STEM Challenge motivates middle and high school students to learn about STEM and earn $50 gift cards their families can use during this trying time, by researching and responding to the weekly questions. For example:
Q1: What is an internet threat? What is a vulnerability? If you were managing transactions over the internet, what would you do to keep them safe from threats and vulnerabilities?
Q2: Imagine how the information you just learned about might change the world in the future.

Volunteer judges spend less than three hours per week to review entries and score on creativity, usage and mechanics, organization and understanding. Each week, multiple high-scoring students will be rewarded with virtual gift cards from Walmart.

Tech Titans member companies fund the initiative through $1000 weekly sponsorships. Sponsors are also involved in selecting that week’s STEM challenge topic.

The Challenge launched in early May. Richardson ISD announced the program to students and shares the link to each week’s questions. Tech Titans members State Farm, Qorvo and DTCC sponsored the first weeks’ questions.

 The program will continue over the summer and expand during the fall semester.

“Our goal is to build a sustainable program through corporate donors and volunteers,” said Dave Galley, director of Tech Titans STEM/Talent initiative. “This is a great opportunity for our veteran volunteers and sponsors as well as first-timers.”

Ready to get involved as a volunteer judge or Challenge sponsor? Fill out our online form that will notify  Dave Galley:

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