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TSTC Has Plenty to Offer Raymondville Area Students This Summer

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

SEEDOne child at a time, Texas State Technical College’s College Readiness and Advancement Division is exposing students from Willacy County to Math, Science and Engineering, hoping to plant a seed for the future.

The Summer Engineering Exploration Day (SEED) Program, which blasts off June 14, is designed to be a fun and engaging experience for students in grades third through 12th. The SEED program utilizes a hands-on curriculum developed by TSTC faculty and staff and will be held at the TSTC Raymondville Satellite Center, which has already made strides to reach out to the adult community in Willacy County.

The program will focus on two activities: building a rocket and designing an egg-drop apparatus. The camp will run every Friday from June 14 to July 19 and only the first 40 students will be accepted each week. Each camp will take three hours with the first hour dedicated to lecture, the second hour to design and structure and the third hour to the launch or drop.

The first two camps on June 14 (rocket) and June 21 (egg drop) are open to third to fifth graders. The second two on June 28 (rocket) and July 12 (egg drop) to sixth to eight graders and the last camp on July 19 (rocket) is open to ninth to 12th graders. The camps are free to all students.

Neri Balli is the project manager for the SEED Program and works in the office of College Readiness and Advancement at TSTC. Balli said the program’s purpose is to expose students to math, science and engineering and some of the programs available at TSTC.

“We’re reaching out to Willacy County to show them what we’re doing here on campus,” Balli said.

Among the programs TSTC officials are hoping to highlight with the SEED Program are the RGV BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology), TexPREP (Texas PreFreshmen Engineering Program) and the newly acquired Challenger Learning Center.

Associated Vice President for College Readiness and Advancement Javier De Leon said he hopes this program will encourage students to pursue education and careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

“It’s very exciting,” De Leon said. “I hope as they get older, they see what we have to offer here at TSTC and come take part in the wonderful things we’re doing here.”

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