POTUS Visits Texas STEM School

Photo Credit: LM Otero/AP

Following is a note from John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Educate Texas, about the president’s visit to a STEM school near Austin, Texas.  The school was formed as part of the New Tech Network and T-STEM, a project of the Texas High School Project (now Educate Texas). We are glad to hear the president also enjoyed some staff favorite, Stubb’s BBQ while in town. 

(Photo credit: LM Otero/AP)

Dear STEMx friends,
Yesterday, President Obama visited one of our T-STEM Academies, Manor New Tech, for a tour and speech as part of a half day visit to Austin focused on jobs and the economy.
I was fortunate to be asked by Manor ISD to serve as one of four “greeters” (along with Lydia Dobbins from the New Tech Network) to meet the President as he arrived at the school and was able to have a nice 3 min chat with him about public-private partnerships, the key roles that corporate ceos and philanthropists can play, and how to go to scale with high quality STEM education. President Obama was amazing with the Manor students, teachers and administrators. He took his time touring the school, really “got it” about project-based learning, technology, student engagement and teachers as guides.
As background, Manor New Tech was created at the direct request of SAMSUNG as part of its plant expansion in TX in 2005 and their desire for a strong STEM education/workforce pipeline. Governor Perry, Tom Vander Ark/BMGF, and representatives from TEA and CFT were the catalysts in 2005 for the creation of not only Manor New Tech but the entire $110M public-private TSTEM initiative in partnership with BMGFMSDFCFT and National Instruments.
Manor New Tech is a great example of what we believe is the largest statewide network of STEM Academies (65 schools) in the U.S.  These 65 TSTEM Academies serve approximately 35,000 primarily 1st gen low income Texans and are exceeding the state average in student achievement and college readiness (see PP slides attached) and in 2011 produced over 1500 high school graduates.
Wanted to share urls and copies in the body of the email from the media coverage, a brief overview of the TSTEM initiative and a PP with some data points.
Austin American-Statesman
Perry: About those Texas jobs, Mr. President …
Austin American-Statesman
Editorial: Working together, the village and the children raise each other
Austin American-Statesman
Obama visit another boost for touted school
KXAN News, Austin
Obama in Austin: ‘Folks here are doing something right’
President’s jobs tour starts in Austin
Austin American-Statesman
In Central Texas, Obama touts schools, technology and barbecue
President talks at Manor school and Applied Materials facility, has lunch at Stubb’s

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