Category Archives: New Deal

New Deal ISD’s Engineering Fair

New Deal ISD had it’s first Engineering Fair last week on April 11. Students used tri-fold boards as backdrops for their explanation of engineering projects. I walked around and talked to many of the students. They were excited about their projects and were able to discuss them intelligently. I was very impressed with the knowledge they acquired and told several people that I only wish I had had this kind of experience when I was in school. I hope preparing for this Engineering Fair convinces students to become involved in STEM, but, even if their interests lie elsewhere, they will be able to use this knowledge and these experiences all their lives. I can’t wait until next year’s fair…I plan to be there with bells on!

Pulley Systems

Winch Efficiency

New Deal’s Kara Craig won TTU’s GREEN Award

Congratulations to Kara Craig of New Deal High School who received a GREEN Award from Texas Tech for Project Save Water Save Farms.

Presidio On the Road at CBS

We are so proud to say that Shella Condino and her rocketry class at Presidio High School have made the news!

Three of Presidio’s rocketry teams competed in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) National Finals, and two of those teams are national finalists. See pictures of the teams and their rockets in this PDF: NASA SLI 2012 – TAME

The Aerospace Industries Association blogged about TARC and ended with a short comment by Shella Condino, Presidio High School teacher and leader of their rocketry program.

Congratulations to Shella and her rocketry teams. Y’all made everyone proud!

New Deal News & Video

We’re always excited to tell readers about exciting things happening at our T-STEM Academies.

Dr. Jerry Adams told us that New Deal High School received national certification for its Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program. This is the second time the school has gone through the national certification process to validate its program. Congratulations to Dr. Adams and New Deal High School!

In addition, New Deal has participated with GenTX this year, and many of the students and on-site locations in the video below are filmed at New Deal.

College & Career Readiness and Women in STEM

Dr. Jerry Adams is the Principal at New Deal High School, which is a T-STEM Academy. He’s written a wonderful blog this week for Ty Duncan at ESC 17 about college and career readiness and 21st Century skills. He discusses New Deal’s use of College Shirt Thursdays and Flex Fridays, and has a variety of ideas that they have implemented. Check out the blog at I agree with Jerry that it’s extremely important to prepare students for college and careers and to invest them with skills they will need to live in the 21st century. This knowledge will empower students.

I went to see The Hunger Games last weekend, and it reminded me of how much more powerful women appear not only in movies but in politics, the military, education–everywhere in modern life. Have you noticed the online info-graphics? One about girls in STEM education ( I found enlightening…especially the last comment: “In a room of 25 engineers, only 3 will be women.” If women are becoming more powerful, let’s empower them–all students, in fact–to becomes more active in STEM, especially in Engineering.