May 2021 C-STEM Newsletter

Message from Dr. Reagan Flowers

Addressing Barriers for Multilingual Students

As a STEM community, we know that our economically disadvantaged students, minorities, females, and disabled students continue to face barriers. However, as we continue our mission to ensure success in STEM for every student, there is another quickly growing group of students we need to consider: multilingual students. These learners have their own unique barriers and needs, and they must be included in our efforts to address learning gaps actively. Read the Full Article…


Upcoming Deadlines

Take action!

Watch this section for great opportunities that close soon. Keep reading the stories below for more information on these opportunities.

Sheldon ISD 2021 C-STEM Challenge Day
Sat., June 7
Noon – 3 p.m.
Michael R. Null Middle School
12117 Garrett Rd, Houston, TX 77044

vFIT Bootcamp Fundraiser for C-STEM
Sat., June 11
10 – 11 a.m.
Register or donate here.

The Gems Summer E-Camps
Apply here


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This Month’s Highlights

Join the Fun: Get Fit for STEM

We are excited to be part of a new fundraiser to support STEM education. Please join us on Sat., June 12 at 10 a.m. for “vFIT Your Way to a Healthy Lifestyle. This bootcamp-style workout will raise funds for C-STEM. It’s $25 to participate; please consider donating if you’re unable to attend. Thank you to vFIT Houston Owner Valencia Higgins for supporting our mission with this great opportunity! Register or donate here.




The growing CSforALL Movement!

C-STEM is pleased to announce that we are continuing our membership with Computer Science for All (CSforALL). CSforALL is an initiative to provide educators, parents, students, and content providers a central resource hub for the collective K-12 computer science community.

CSforALL membership requires content review by subject-matter experts. C-STEM proudly takes a place among other esteemed organizations in the CSforALL national directory as a provider of quality training. As a member, C-STEM is now part of a directory of more than 200 content providers of computer programming and robotics training and curriculum. We hope our continued participation in this national initiative will assist in spreading the word about the importance of computer science as a core academic subject. C-STEM believes strongly in providing hands-on and project-oriented instructional materials that empower students to feel confident in learning more about computer science. 

In addition, membership in CSforALL provides us with opportunities to consult with in-house subject matter experts and to collaborate with other content providers. We are looking forward to this expanded partnership!

Find more information about CSforALL here


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C-STEM Recognizes, Thanks Teachers

Earlier this month, C-STEM held an Amazon gift card giveaway in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week May 3 – 7.

Cesia Medina, winner of the $100 gift card, is a self-contained 3rd grade teacher at Windsor Village Elementary School in Houston, TX. Describing why she chose a career in education, she said, “I chose to be a teacher because it is the most rewarding profession in the world. I have seen my students grow academically and I love to instill the love for learning in my students. More importantly, I love to create memories with my students that will last a lifetime.” 

Thank you teachers, for the impact you make every day!

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This Month’s Feature

This Month’s Experiment from Black Mommas Do Science

Black Mommas do Science is a YouTube channel dedicated to helping with at-home learning. The creator focuses on getting kids excited about STEM. This month, watch channel owner and content creator Tara Davis and her toddler build a rocket canister.

Blast From the Past Corner

We get the biggest joy going back down memory lane. C-STEM has touched so many lives over the 20 years we have been serving communities near and far. It is our hope that this memory places a smile on your face and in your heart. This month, we’re featuring a video from our 2018 Challenge Day! We can’t wait to be able to do this again in person.

Upcoming Events


Sheldon ISD 2021 C-STEM Challenge Day

C-STEM Challenge Day hosted by Sheldon Independent School District

From 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM

At Virtual Website- Website Link is TBA

Find out more…

12 – 12Jun2021

C-STEM Fitness Boot Camp Fundraiser

Fitness fundraiser sponsored by Valencia Higgins, owner of vFiT Houston.

From 10:00 am until 11:00 am Timezone: Central Central Time (US & Canada), Mexico City time

At vFiT

Find out more…

10 – 10Jun2022

10th Annual State of STEM Education Stakeholder Breakfast

The 10th Annual State of STEM Education Stakeholder Breakfast brings together P-12 schools, higher education, professional organizations, corporations, and public servant leaders to receive updates on C-STEM’s community impact and the current state of STEM education.

From 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Timezone: Central Central Time (US & Canada), Mexico City time



See all upcoming events here

Executive Board

Board Members_2021

Advisory Board

Michael Aldridge
Shomari Williams
Joi Beasley
Zawadi Bryant
Bobby Bryant
Lucy Bremond
Antonio ‘Tony’ Canales
LaQuita Cyprian
Laolu Davies Yemitan
Gayle Fallon
Ruthie Esene
Michael Harris
Renee Logans
David Medina
Antoinette Jackson
Scott Minnix
Dr. Sandra Saldana Ortega
Susan Taylor
Dr. Frazier Wilson
Syalisa Winata
Ross Peters
Dr. Robert Satcher
Charles Samuel
Miloni Shah
Cherrilyn B. Nedd
Dr. Martina Ogbonna
Dr. Letitia Franklin Ozoude

We are C-STEM!


STEM Access Champion of Change by The White House

WISE Award Finalist