Pre-K - 12 STEM Newsletter

November 2023

STEM Opportunities Around the Region and State

Waco, Texas., will be one of the best places to view the April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse, with 4 minutes and 13 seconds of totality and excellent prospects for clear skies on the eclipse path!

Join us for STEAMclipse

Saturday, April 6th from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Waco Convention Center at 100 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701

A free, family-friendly celebration of the eclipse and building STEM awareness, opportunity, and education hosted by Eclipse Over Texas: Live from Waco, ESC Region 12, and the City of Waco

Get Your Students and Staff Involved!

We anticipate welcoming over 10,000 attendees throughout the day! Be sure to secure a spot for your school to showcase their amazing with all who attend.

Interactive Booths

Any group of students and/or staff (eg robotics teams, STEM clubs, science clubs, arts clubs) is invited to host an interactive booth for STEAMlipse attendees.

Booths can range from showcasing robotics creations or STEM discoveries to facilitating science experiments or providing opportunities for simple art projects.


Bands, dance troupes, cheerleaders, drama clubs, singers, or any other group of students who would like to showcase their talent are welcome to be part of the STEAMclipse Celebration.

Participating groups will have thirty minutes to perform.

Secure Your Spot Today

Need help brainstorming how your school can participate?

Contact Andi Parr, [email protected]

Eclipse Book Bundle Giveaway

Author Jayme Sandberg is giving away a Total Solar Eclipse: A Stellar Friendship Story educational bundle including 12 paperbacks, 1 hardcover, 13 book-themed solar viewing glasses, a "Together We Shine" sticker sheet and a personalized video of Jayme reading the book.

To enter, comment on the Instagram post below before midnight central time on Sunday, Nov. 19.

It would be fun for a pre-k or elementary classroom, library, scout troop, astronomy club, science museum, PEO chapter, etc.

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The Million Cans Recycling Contest

Scrap University Kids has chosen La Vega Elementary in Waco, TX, as the sole representative for the state to compete in recycling the most cans. La Vega is currently in 2nd place!

Calling all schools and communities to help out!

Drop off cans at

Contact La Vega Elementary with any questions.

The 2024 TI Codes Contest + YouTube Live

Get ready for next year’s new challenge! Now’s the time for students to brainstorm innovative solutions that support the theme “safety and security.” The contest begins Jan. 8.

Want to hear more? Join us on YouTube, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Central time, for a live discussion with the sponsors from past winning teams to learn about their experience!

Click here for more details.

STEM Resources Ready for You!

New resources have been added to the STEM Kit Lending Library. Be sure to check it out and see which one is right for your classroom.

Not sure how to use one of the STEM Kits? Contact Andi Parr for Questions and Support

[email protected]

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Andi Parr
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