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Texas State University has been named one of three finalists for the 2020 Excellence in Innovation Award by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz

Texas State University has been named one of three finalists for the 2020 Excellence in Innovation Award by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Texas State is nominated for the NASA Future Aerospace Engineers and Mathematicians Academy, led by Araceli Martinez Ortiz, executive director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, and research associate professor of engineering education in the College of Education. The $100,000 award, given once per biennium, recognizes one institution of higher learning for achievement in finding powerful answers to important local, regional, national or global challenges. The finalists, selected by a jury of emeritus presidents and provosts, were chosen from a pool of six semifinalists representing multifaceted projects at institutions across the nation. Read the full article HERE.

Elementary students building battle bots for Sphero robotics competition.

Elementary students building battle bots for Sphero robotics competition.

Dr. Araceli Ortiz speaking to students about aerospace

Dr. Araceli Ortiz speaking to students about aerospace.

Middle School students weighing nut shells while performing activity on waste management. Educators and volunteers support the overall goals of the program by working with students in small groups.

Middle School students weighing nut shells while performing activity on waste management. Educators and volunteers support the overall goals of the program by working with students in small groups.

Elementary students designing lunar buggies from NASA curriculum.

Elementary students designing lunar buggies from NASA curriculum.

Dr. John Beck speaking about meteorology and earth science.

Dr. John Beck speaking about meteorology and earth science.

Elementary students use basic materials to illustrate concepts in creating basic modeling of weather data

Elementary students use basic materials to illustrate concepts in creating basic modeling of weather data.

Meteorologist Jason Mikell from Austin KVUE speaking to students

Meteorologist Jason Mikell from Austin KVUE speaking to students.

Elementary students learning how to build solar ovens and then using their solar ovens cook s’mores.

Elementary students learning how to build solar ovens and then using their solar ovens cook s’mores.