April 29, 2008
Dr. Reagan Flowers
(Houston, Texas) - - - On Saturday, May 3, 2008 starting at 8:00 a.m., Dr. Reagan Flowers, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of CSTEM Teacher & Student Support Services, will officially kick-off its 2008 CSTEM Sea Turtle Robotics Challenge at the Health and Physical Education Building on the campus of Texas Southern University located at 3100 Cleburne in Houston, Texas.
Featuring 52 robots, sculptures, murals, Geographical Information Systems reports, creative writing submissions, and web design entries presented by sixteen (16) feeder pattern teams, the 2008 CSTEM Sea Turtle Robotics Challenge is a unique and innovative learning-based competition that combines the three levels of basic education into one project while engaging students in the disciplines of communications, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Participating in the 2008 CSTEM Sea Turtle Challenge will be CSTEM Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Reagan Flowers, Texas Southern University Dean of the College of Science of Technology Dr. Demetrius Kazakos, Shell Oil Company Manager of Social Investment Dr. Frazier Wilson, Schlumberger Manager of Community Affairs Paula M. Harris, Houston Independent School District Regional Superintendent Thelma Garza and over 900 high, middle and elementary school students representing 52 schools throughout the greater Houston region.
Keeping with our annual theme in this year's challenge is the integration of Art and Engineering. The theme for the challenge is 'Everyone is an Artist and an Engineer'. Participating students will creatively display their problem-solving ability through their aluminum sea turtle sculptures to bring awareness and attention to the endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, production of murals drawing inspiration from the artist Dr. John Biggers' piece entitled "Spring Renewal" and his artistic use of 'Sacred Geometry', and their robots designed to immolate how the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle nest and navigate the Gulf Coast.
Representing high school, middle school and elementary school teams, the feeder pattern teams will work as a unit, collaborate and share resources to maximize opportunities to improve communication, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, English and art skills through an interdisciplinary project.
CSTEM Teacher and Student Support Services Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Reagan Flowers stated, "This year's Sea Turtle Challenge is by all indications our largest and most-attended to date. With over 900 students and upwards of 52 schools from throughout the greater Houston region participating, we are positioned to successfully introduce the disciplines of communications, science, technology engineering and mathematics (CSTEM) to those students while also closing the achievement gaps in Pre K - 12th grade."
According to Schlumberger Limited Director of Community Affairs Paula M. Harris, "Schlumberger takes great pride in our long-standing community-based education partnership with the CSTEM organization and its unique and innovative Sea Turtle Challenge. As a leading oilfield service company, Schlumberger strongly desires to identify, mentor and train students skilled in the disciplines of science, technology and engineering for future workforce opportunities."
Dr. Frazier Wilson, Social Investment Manager for Shell Oil commented, "Shell is a strong supporter of developing the youth of today to be the future engineers and geoscientists of tomorrow. Through our partnership with CSTEM, Shell has been able to expose children to hands-on robotics, math, science and technology explorations. Shell Oil Company has a vested interest and commitment to impacting STEM education in our community."
A benefit to the students participating in the 2008 CSTEM Sea Turtle Robotics Challenge is they are exposed to top-notch professionals that work in STEM fields, given opportunities to demonstrate their creativity and improve communication skills, work with cutting edge technology and position themselves for colleges and university scholarships and internships with corporations in STEM fields.
For more information on the 2008 CSTEM Sea Turtle Robotics Challenge, please contact Dr. Reagan Flowers at 713-443-4521 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For media credentials, event details or interview and appearance request, please contact Jesse Muhammad at 832-979-0939 or email: email@example.com.
ABOUT C-STEM TEACHER AND SUPPORT SERVICES:
Serving over 70 schools in the Houston, Fort Bend, Aldine, Spring Branch and Richardson Independent School Districts, CSTEM Teacher and Student Support Services, Incorporated is a 501 c (3) organization committed to developing students that will join the workforce in the CSTEM (communication, science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields and strengthen our global economy in the communications, oil and gas, information technology, off-shore drilling, engineering and other math and science related industries. For more information on C-STEM Teacher and Student Support Services, please visit www.cstem.org.
ABOUT SHELL OIL COMPANY:
Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies. We are active in more than 130 countries and territories and employ 108,000 people worldwide. For more information on Shell, please visit www.shell.com.
Schlumberger is the leading oilfield services provider, trusted to deliver superior results and improved E&P performance for oil and gas companies around the world. Through our well site operations and in our research and engineering facilities, we are working to develop products, services and solutions that optimize customer performance in a safe and environmentally sound manner. With 23 research and engineering facilities worldwide, we place strong emphasis on developing innovative technology that adds value for our customers. For more information on Schlumberger Limited, please visit www.schlumberger.com.
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