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STEM Curriculum and Skills Committee (NEW name)


Enoch Timothy, Paladin, Inc.  Chairperson
Curt Craig, Hunt Oil
Michael Rochelle, Avanade

Praful Mainker, Immediate Past Chairperson,
CitiMortgage, Inc.

Diwaker Dewan, Capital One
Jack Becker, UNT
Colby Springer, (Past Chair), CSC Tresia Eaves, Plexus-Scientific
Tim Thomasson, US Renal Care

Rost Ginevich, Ancillary Care Services

C. Craig, Hunt Oil
Bill Sherer, Avial
Michael. H. Martin, Chemical Lime
Diwakar & Aarti Dewan
Debra Mcknight, Nat'l Heart Assoc.
Carla Ruge, Dean, DISD Advanced Technology Center Barbie Barta, Harbinger Partners
Mark Malott, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Chris Zeppa, Interstate Batteries
Melinda Zeppa, Interstate Batteries
Pat Udomprasert, Harvard Univeristy


New 2012-2013 Documents & Links:

World Wide Telescope Project (2012-03-02)
AIDMatrix Overview (2012-03-16)
3 Videos about IT/IS Profession [2010]
How to Make a Difference [pdf, 2008]
IT Education Initiative Report [pdf, 2012-07-19]
Education Committee Report [pdf., 2012-June]
National Math & Science Initiative
Mass Math+Science Initiative: A Model STEM Program (2008-2012)
Why STEM Matters!  STEM Statistics (2011-Nov)
STEM Solutions Conference;  2012-June;  [REPORT Becker; pdf.]STEMConnector;   2012-June;  Directory of STEM Programs & Initiatives
STEMx    2012;  12 States' STEM Programs, including TX
STEMConnector Overview (.pdf; 2012-Jun)
STEMConnector ADD New Program Form  (.pdf)
VEX Robotics Competition (.pdf)
STEM Solutions Conference; 2013-June (Austin, TX); [REPORT Becker/Markowitz: pdf]Robotics Competition CALENDARS:  2013-2014 (forthcoming)
New Cell


Archived Committee Reports & Documents

Frisco ISD Robotics Competition ~ Ocean Odyssey 2013    April 27, 2013  (Video)

Robtic's Design Teams Photos in Lamar and Norma Hunt Middle School, Frisco ISD



All competing teams were made up of 7-8 grade students.  Student ued a lego robotics kit costing $300 to create innovative robots, It is referred to as "PCA” (Principal Component Analysis) robotics.  DFW SIM Chapter provided 6 of the 9 judges.





First Technology Robotics Competition -- UT Arlington, March 16, 2013  (Video by Praful Mainker)

 Frisco Robotics Com


The Regional Finals of FIRST Tech challenge were held at UT Arlington on March 16th, 2013. Total 28 teams participated, with close to 40 matches in all, each lasting 2.5 minutes



Robotics Competitions --  Ben Barber School February, 2013

 Photos Courtesy:  Chris Zeppa (Interstate Batteries), Competition Judge



2008-2010 Strategic Plan [.pdf] Approved by BOD: April 7, 2008

Preliminary Report to Board [.pdf] 2/4/2008

Call to Action [.pdf] 1/8/2008

Partner: Advanced Technology Complex (ATC), Denton Independent School District (DISD)

Partner: Career and Education Technology (CTE), Mansfield ISD (MISD)

Partner: Lewisville (LISD) Heritage Elementary School

Mentor: Tom Shelman, President, Defense Group, Northrup Grumman Information Technology

Future Initiatives [DRAFT 3/1/08]:

  • DFW SIM Chapter Member Interest Survey (forthcoming)
  • Conference/Seminar with all DFW Area Districts (database of key contacts; available by request: Jack Becker)
  • Adopt a District: DISD & MISD; Student & Faculty Development (Shelman plan): Video
  • Note: LISD Heritage School added in Fall 2008.
  • Curriculum Development
  • Career Fairs
  • Future Potential of IT [FPIT; SIMI initiative]

New Partnership with aitp: Association for IT Professionals (1/24/2009)

Other Working Documents (Click subheadings for details)

Meeting Agendas and Summaries

  • Committee activity records

Worldwide Telescope Project

  • The Microsoft Worldwide telescope project is created by Microsoft Corporation to stimulate student interest in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology, the so-called STEM curriculum. Similar to Google's Planet Earth Project, the WW Telescope reaches into the unlimited cosmos with the added capability of creating a journey or an adventure to anywhere in the universe. Once completed the module can be saved like a "AAA Triptik" for others to follow and learn.

Committee Notebook

  • A linked network of related documents, which the committee has found useful

TED Project (posted; 2/4/2012); J Becker)

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