SPACE TEAMS & TEXAS INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL ROBOTICS - PHASE II PLAN - ANDREW SCHUETZE (2006-present)
TIER, the Texas Institute for Educational Robotics, a program of Northwest Vista College, was founded to promote robotics as a tool to motivate students to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields throughout their education, and to pursue STEM related careers.
TIER accomplishes its mission by providing workshops, competitions, special events and support to educators, schools and community groups participating in youth robotics programs.
Via the SpaceTEAMS Robotics program, the program from which TIER was established, SpaceTEAMS summer camps reached more than 225 students and 36 classroom teachers in the first two years of operation. The TIER program will more than double that number in its first year of operation and is expanding with new programming.
# TIER STEM Teacher Institute
# FIRST Lego League
# FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner
# TIER Robot Algebra Institute
# MATE ROV Coaches Workshop
The SpaceTEAMS Robotics program is a fun and interactive hands-on experience for children to design and build robots. It is a program intended to generate interest among San Antonio’s youth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. The goal of the program is to address the education, workforce and economic development needs of San Antonio youth who come from low-income families, and to create career paths for them. The program specifically targets students who are traditionally underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
As children learn to design and build robots, the hope is that they will become interested in STEM education, and by that token will broaden their career horizons. The knowledge they gain could lead them to professions in the following fields:
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I co-founded these programs as a volunteer and raised them $1MM. The Governor of the State of TX funded the initiative through the workforce commission and now all the San Antonio pilot money is gone. New grants are staged and things are changing now that everyone is getting in the STEM game. Andrew needs a plan. This may help him keep the good working moving along. Several grants are in the works, Andrew is the backbone of educaional innovation supporting a franchise for US robotics state wide from san antonio. His whole family, wife, kids--everyone is onto robotics. Andrew is working on his PhD in ed at UTSA and about 1/2 of the way there. He came from industry, taught in high school, launched all this robotics stuff and is now working to build a STEM NETWORK for the city of San Antonio.
Northwest Vista College, Space Teams and Texas Institute for Educaional Robotics