December 2021 C-STEM Newsletter

Message from Dr. Reagan Flowers

Tech Skills Gaps: The Role of STEM Education

Next-level tech skills are in high demand, as I recently wrote about jobs that will be created over the next decade. However, we’re already seeing a huge gap between the candidates equipped with these skills and the number needed to fill available positions. STEM education will play a significant role in closing that gap, which should begin far before college. Let’s discuss the steps we need to take now to ensure students are equipped with the skills they need.  Read the Full Article…

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Partner Spotlight

We tip our hat to CenterPoint Energy!

Continue to see C-STEM expand its footprint in our community thanks to a new partnership with CenterPoint Energy. There is more to come and we are ready to expand our partnership with PreK-12 schools in the greater Houston community.

CenterPoint Energy is committed to STEM education!

The funding received from CenterPoint Energy provides teachers who complete the accredited Integrated C-STEM Training Institute with C-STEM Challenge toolkits and support with implementing an in person or virtual C-STEM Challenge competition for their students. This opportunity allows for flexible school partnerships to support in person and virtual C-STEM learning.  If your students have a demonstrated, apply TODAY while funds last.

What does this partnership opportunity mean  to our community?

This opportunity allows underserved (Black, Hispanic, and Girls) and underrepresented (economically disadvantaged) PreK-12  students have high quality hands-on rigorous and relevant communication, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiences that expose them to a world of possibilities and opportunities.  

Thank you CenterPoint Energy! APPLY TODAY!


Opportunities & Deadlines

Take action!

Watch this section for great opportunities coming up or closing soon.

School Ambassador Fellowship Program

The U.S. Department of Education designed the School Ambassador Fellowship program to enable outstanding teachers, administrators and other school leaders, such as school counselors, psychologists, social workers, and librarians to bring their school and classroom expertise to the Department and to expand their knowledge of the national dialogue about education.
Apply by Jan. 14

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

This opportunity allows undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers through research experiences at one of 17 Department of Energy laboratories.
Apply by Jan. 12

Environmental Justice Video Challenge for Students

Through this challenge, students use video to connect with their communities to address environmental justice issues and challenges.
First submissions due April 1,2022.
Learn more here

Free Teacher Training From National Math + Science Initiative

National Math + Science Initiative is partnering with Microsoft to offer a free online training for continuing credit for middle school math and computer science teachers. Choose from February 26 and March 5 or April 2 and April 9.

Email to sign up. 

2022 NOAA Scholarship

The NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) with Minority Serving institutions (MSI) Undergraduate Scholarship provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to study a wide range of science, engineering, mathematical, computer, technology and social science disciplines related to NOAA’s mission and objectives.
Apply by Jan. 31

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This Month’s Highlights

We Are Grateful For Your Gifts

Thank you to ALL of Giving Tuesday Donor’s!  We are truly blessed to have such a generous STEM family that continues to grow.

Your donations ensure we will be able to help even more students during the second half of the 2021-22 school year.

This is more needed than ever, given the hardships faced by education as a result of the pandemic. Please consider helping C-STEM closeout this year strong and DONATE TODAY!




Holiday Social Brings C-STEM Together

Earlier this month, we were finally able to once again hold our Holiday Social. We were unable to do so in 2020 due to the pandemic. It was like a homecoming to see the C-STEM community coming back together to celebrate our greatest supporters and champions.



Cloth & Cord, Supporters Share Robotics with Early Learners

At Cloth & Cord they believe it is never too early to support STEM/STEAM learning.  This holiday season, Cloth & Cord launched an effort to support C-STEM by raising funds to provide Robotics Toolkits to preschoolers!

Thanks to generous supporters, the Gift of Robotics Drive provided toolkits for Storybook Academy PreK students.

“My kids loved the kits and they are so excited to started working on them,” said Storybook Academy Director Fonda Campbell. “My teacher has been incorporating robots in her lesson plan, so these kits will enhance their learning environment and peak their interest to another level.”


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Our Founder Made it to Times Square

The International Association of Top Professionals honored Dr. Reagan Flowers for her outstanding service with her picture on a billboard in Times Square New York.  This is an awesome recognition of our founder.

Thank you IAOTP for presenting Dr. Flowers with the the 2021 Empowered Woman of the Year award! Read more…

Blast From the Past Corner

As we close out celebrating the year of our 20th anniversary, we’d love to once more take you down memory lane. C-STEM has touched so many lives in communities near and far. It is our hope that this memory places a smile on your face and warms your heart. We are so grateful for every member of the C-STEM family and wish you all a very happy New Year. Please enjoy this video, as we go all the way back to the 2010 C-STEM Challenge Day.

C-STEM Upcoming Events


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

Thank You to Our Sponsors and Partners

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Executive Board

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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

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