The theme for the challenge is 'Everyone is an Artist and an Engineer' and is free to the public.
The 2009 Challenge will include 63 schools from 5 districts featuring robots, sculptures, murals, Geographical Information Systems reports, creative writing submissions, and web design entries presented by multiple feeder patterns. This 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.
"I would like to congratulate CSTEM on its success and render my full support of the Sea
Turtle Robotics Challenge", said Houston City Councilmember Jarvis Johnson. "Together we can make a difference in how our children are learning in the classroom and teacher preparation through our continuing partnership and support of each other."
Dr. Reagan Flowers stated, "This year's Sea Turtle Challenge is by all indications our largest and most-attended to date. With over 1000 students and upwards of 63 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."
Participating in the 2009 CSTEM Sea Turtle Challenge will be CSTEM Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Reagan Flowers, News Anchor Melinda Spaulding of Fox 26 News, Houston City Councilmember Jarvis Johnson, Shell Company Project Engineer Maria Benavides, Schlumberger Community Relations Manager Steve T. Harris, Youth Hip-Hop artist J -XAVIER, U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, and Pastor Ralph Douglas West of The Church Without Walls and over 10000 high, middle and elementary school students representing 63 schools throughout the greater Houston region.
For more information on the 2009 CSTEM Sea Turtle Robotics Challenge, please visit: http://cstem.org