Category Archives: Harmony / Lubbock

Michael’s Hover Craft

Michael, a third grade student at Harmony Science Academy – Lubbock, built a hover craft with the help of his parents. When I visited Harmony a few weeks ago, Michael and his mother, Gloria, showed me how it works, and I was very impressed that Michael had been able to create it. Then Michael gave me a great demonstration of the hover craft!




You can see that the hover craft is waiting to be inflated in the first picture, it’s partially inflated when Michael climbs aboard, and when it’s fully inflated, Michael went sliding smoothly around the room.

Way to go, Michael!


Harmony Science Academy Helps Tornado Victims & Welcome to Joseph Acaba

Harmony Science Academy in Lubbock was in the news last month because money they raised for their school’s activity fund was instead being sent to the Dallas Metroplex to help tornado victims. The fundraising was accomplished with a spring carnival and with after school concession sales. Thank you, HSA/Lubbock, for helping those in need!

We would also like to welcome a new Texas Tech student into the College of Education. Astronaut Joseph Acaba has been accepted into the doctoral program and the Blended Delivery Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with Specialization in Science Education cohort that will begin this Fall. Acaba is now aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft as part of the team for Mission 31/32 to the International Space Station. Read more here.

Kelton Visit & Educate Texas News

I know schools are preparing for STAAR next week, and I want to wish students, teachers, and schools success.

Beccy, Vinitha, Rich, and I are working with teachers and students in Kelton on a CPATH project funded by NSF. We visited Kelton this week to work with everyone a bit and answer any questions students and teachers had about the project. The students had written down questions before we arrived, and that was a great help. Their questions were very thoughtful and pertinent. Thanks to Jay Watson, Mary Burns, Roy Herndon, and Aletha Bentley, and all the students for making our trip so enjoyable.

Educate Texas had some articles about some of our Academies.

When I was in school, I was excited by our typing lab–rows of typewriters, and our teacher used a metronome to help us type rhythmically. Teachers were covered with chalk dust–especially the math teachers. And our homework was done by hand. Today’s students are involved in so many new and exciting things through STEM topics and PBL projects that it makes me wish I could start school all over again. Well…maybe not. The teen years were rather emotional, weren’t they?