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Two Dallas ISD schools placed in a robotics world championship held in Kentucky on April 30.

Casa View Elementary School won the CREATE award and Winnetka Elementary School won third-place in teamwork in their division at the VEX IQ Robotics World Championship. Dallas Environmental Science Academy, Alex Sanger Elementary School, Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School, and George Bannerman Dealey Middle School also competed at the event.

Students receiving special education services competed in a fun robotics scrimmage that promoted a love of STEM and extracurricular activities.

The Dallas ISD STEM and Special Education departments hosted the robotics scrimmage April 27 at the Communities Foundation of Texas. Nine secondary Dallas ISD schools have robotics teams for students who receive special education services.

“In a fun way, this event build students’ social skills, their ability to work together and collaborate while also being aligned to their postsecondary success,” said Dallas ISD Special Education Director Beth Garcia.

March 19, 2018

Teams from four schools have advanced to the VEX IQ Robotics World Championship set for April 30 in Kentucky.

  • Winnetka Elementary School (two teams competing)

  • Casa View Elementary School

  • Dallas Environmental Science Academy

  • George Bannerman Dealey Middle School


Congratulations also goes to the two schools advancing to the FIRST Robotics World Championship set for April 17-21 in Houston. The School of Science and Engineering will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge and Emmett J. Conrad High School will compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Students are learning computer coding as young as pre-kindergarten. It is a trend happening at one elementary school in Pleasant Grove, where children are getting a very early introduction to STEM programs.

In Mrs. Rogers kindergarten class at Frederick Douglas Elementary School, five-year-old students are busy learning to code. In fact, computer coding and technology has become part of regular class instruction on the campus, since a pilot program was introduced last school year.

Students from pre-K to fifth grade are programming and developing apps. Teachers said these elementary school students are learning everything from the basics to beyond. Staff calls this early exposure to computer science a game changer for Dallas ISD.


November 08, 2017

Robotics teams in Dallas ISD will receive additional resources to foster interest and ability in STEM learning through the help of a $350,000 grant from Texas Instruments Foundation (TI Foundation).

Oswaldo Alvarenga, executive director of Dallas ISD’s STEM department says the gift will create more exposure for students specifically interested in learning more about robotics. The donation will also help fund various competitive robotics events for Dallas ISD schools to compete in during the 2017-2018 academic year.

“This grant will also ensure the expansion of robotic teams and opportunities for students to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular STEM activities in all of our schools.”

September 15, 2017

Students, staff and project partners celebrated three new mobile carts that will enhance STEM education at Dallas ISD’s Ann Richards Middle School on Friday, Sept. 15.

The carts, which support student use of Chromebooks in class, were made possible through a partnership between FC Dallas and Southern New Hampshire University. Specifically, the devices will be used for computer science lessons that include Algebra I, coding and robotics programming.

May 22, 2017

The Sunset High School robotics team won the 2017 UIL Robotics State Championships in Conference 5A-6A of the First Tech Challenge Division!

The UIL Robotics State Championships were held May 19-20 at the Austin Convention Center. UIL First Tech Challenge (FTC) is a robotics competition for teams in 9th  – 12th grades.. Students are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots that compete in a head-to-head challenge. The competition begins at a local level and teams can advance through multiple stages to reach the world level.

An all-girl robotics team from Sunset High School is the first ever Dallas ISD team to qualify for the Robotics World Championships in FTC.

Sunset’s 8811 Robo* Bison Amistad team is competing in this week’s World Championship in FTC in Houston. It’s a grueling four-day, 128 team competition against the best in the world.

“As a young woman, society doesn’t expect me to be involved in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field, so joining robotics was a great challenge and reward,” said Karen Garcia, one of the four members of the advancing team. “I never expected myself to be so involved and interested in STEM, but FIRST Robotics helped me acknowledge its value and importance.”

April 17, 2017

Robotics teams from four Dallas ISD schools are competing in World Championship competitions this month!

These four schools are competing in the VEX IQ Robotics World Championship being held April 22–25 in Kentucky:

  • Winnetka Elementary School (has two teams competing)

  • Sanger Elementary School

  • Casa View Elementary School

  • Gaston Middle School

The teams advanced to the World Championships by qualifying at state and national competitions. At the world competitions, students compete in timed challenges that encourage teamwork and critical thinking skills.

April 11, 2017

The Dallas ISD STEM Department has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the DFW Alliance of Technology and Women (DFW*ATW) through their GREATMINDS program (Girls Reaching for Education About Technology and Moving in New Directions for Success)! This generous grant will be used to provide training and stipends for the sponsors of after school coding clubs at ten elementary campuses. 

DFW*ATW is a dynamic non-profit organization that supports women and men who share the common interests of empowering women in technology, increasing the number of women in executive roles and encouraging women and girls to enter technology fields.

April 07, 2017

The United States Navy Recruiting Command City Outreach Program had their 2017 Dallas Area Regional SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge at Alfred J. Loos Natatorium.

Competing with other school districts, Dallas ISD students built their own underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts. Though this project, students learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

Two Dallas ISD teams advanced to the SeaPerch National Challenge at Georgia Tech May 19-20.

January 02, 2017

Recognized for their work in Computer Science Education, the Dallas ISD STEM Department has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the University of Texas at Austin!

This generous grant will provide continuing support for the CS4Dallas (Computer Science for Dallas)  initiative that ensures all students in grades K-12 receive computer science education.  Teachers will have the opportunity to receive computer science and robotics professional development from leaders in the field, such as the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy,, and Texas Tech University.

December 01, 2016

With the support of the Dallas ISD STEM Department, Frederick Douglass Elementary is piloting a computer science initiative for all its students. Computer science instruction is integrated into the regular school day for K-5 students using curriculum. Robotics instruction is integrated into the regular school day for students in grades 3-5.

“Having a computer science program adds so much value to the lives of our students,” said Marquetta Masters, Principal at Frederick Douglass Elementary.

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