TWC Inspires STEM: 1,400 students participate

STEM Students in purple shirts cheering at the science fair

Students at more than 1,400 Texas high schools now have an opportunity to compete in a new statewide robotics championship and earn deserved recognition for flexing their mental muscles, thanks to the launch of the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL) pilot program.

“I applaud the UIL’s decision to implement a robotics pilot program, which will equip students with hands-on, STEM applied learning and provide them with valuable lifelong skills,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Programs like these inspire and prepare students for future high-demand occupations and are a critical part of ensuring Texas remains economically competitive for generations to come."

Texas is the fourth and largest state to create a robotics state championship and has the potential to grow exponentially. The UIL’s endorsement of this first ever UIL robotics pilot program will begin during the 2015-2016 academic school year with the first competition set for July in concurrence with the nationally recognized FIRST Division Robotics competition.

TWC is proud to support youth education and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs that prepare students for high-demand careers as demonstrated through its partnership with after-school robotics programs. TWC sponsors robotics teams and competitions through the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation.

Last year TWC supported 444 teams, 4,807 students and 22 events. All UIL high schools will have access to the UIL robotics pilot program. The UIL Robotics Championships: BEST Division will take place in the late fall of 2016 and the UIL Robotics Championships: FIRST Division will take place at the Austin Convention Center on July 28 -30, 2016.