Stories, STEAM & Startups

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Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on producing stories that inspire, building a future STEAM workforce, and fostering a startup ecosystem.

STUDENTS CAN NOW APPLY FOR AN EL PASO ELECTRIC STEAM SCHOLARSHIP!

As part of a new partnership between Insights Science Discovery and STTE Foundation, two of El Paso’s leading STEAM education nonprofits, we are excited to announce the 2023 Insights’ Sun Country Regional Science Fair will now offer El Paso Electric STEAM Scholarships!  

In a continued effort to increase equitable and informed access for all students to pursue STEAM pathways, this scholarship opportunity provides a chance for El Paso youth to showcase their 2022-2023 science projects through new innovative means!

There are three ways to enter and win a scholarship for all Region 19 middle or high school student science projects:

  • For a $250 scholarship, a science fair project is presented through a 30-60 second YouTube Short video.
  • For a $500 scholarship, a science fair project board must be digitized to showcase the project through an interactive experience.
  • For a $1,000 scholarship, a science fair project is designed and displayed in augmented reality. 
El Paso Electric STEAM Scholarships

In addition to bringing back the Sun Country Regional Science Fair back to UTEP we are also excited to announce winners may also be displayed at La Nube, El Paso’s Interactive STEAM Center, and in an AR Climate Change Interactive Learning Book. 

STTE Wins Neighborhood Champion Award by Bank of America

On November 10, 2022 Bank of America announced Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation as the recipient of 2022 Annual Neighborhood Champions Grant which addresses the need to build a competitive STEAM workforce. The investment in education supports the emergence of a new partnership between two STEAM-focused nonprofits STTE and Insights Science Discovery, who are working on building metaverse learning experiences through the annual regional science fair.

Partners announced plans to advance the regional science fair through scholarships, mentorship, and augmented reality metaverse experiences. Partners also announced plans to showcase science fair winners at La Nube, El Paso’s new interactive STEAM center.

Bank of America’s support will help to increase equitable and informed access for all students to pursue STEAM pathways through accessible, engaging, and innovative experiences. This is in alignment with STTE and Insights missions to engage our community in meaningful STEAM activities that promote the advantages of scientific and digital literacy. Partners intend to build a network of sustainable partners that supports a long-term regional STEAM strategy.

Big STEAM Announcement!​

STTE and Insights Science Discovery, two of El Paso’s leading STEAM education non-profits, have partnered to revamp and enhance student experiences with a new engaging Science Fair. Enhancements include scholarships, swag giveaways, cash prizes, a virtual, augmented reality capstone book, and travel support to the International Science and Engineering Fair competition.

Apply to Win A Scholarship

Students compete for a STEAM scholarship in one of three ways. 1) Pitch science fair project in a 60 second YouTube Short video; 2) Present your science fair board in an interactive app; 3) Make project 3D (augmented reality). Open to Region 19 middle or high school grades. Must use 2022-2023 Science Fair Project and provide your Scienteer username to enter. Apply by Feb. 15, 2023.
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Bringing Fair Back to UTEP

We are also excited to announce that starting in 2023, the Insights Science Discovery Regional Science Fair will be hosted at The University of Texas at El Paso inside Memorial Gymnasium. This will help reinforce a premier student STEAM experience while offering the prestige of competing on the grand stage.
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Winners Will Be Featured in La Nube

We are equally excited to announce that the top student STEAM projects will be featured in La Nube, El Paso’s new interactive STEAM center. Partners agree that it is essential to increase student aspirations and recognition. Make sure to visit El Paso's new interactive STEAM center when it opens in 2023!
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Stories That Will Make You SayWhat?!

STTE created SayWhat.tv, a teen-based news program launched online during the pandemic. The platform and its various segments feature news related to education, innovation, tech, entrepreneurship, culture, and other topics that are of interest to youth. 

More importantly, it also follows a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) format that’s reflective of a process where youth learn to better understand their emotions in order to make positive and responsible decisions. It’s especially crucial today as CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) data has revealed concerning details regarding youth, depression, and suicide. This includes 34% of Texas high school students reporting feelings of sadness or hopelessness on a daily basis and 12% attempting suicide.

The STTE Foundation would like to partner with school districts to provide SayWhat.tv content and its SEL-based programming and instructional materials for educators as a part of its educational-based efforts.

Building a Future STEAM Workforce

AR Science Fair

AR Science Fair: Climate Change Solutions

Both science and technology are at the intersection of global competitiveness and the existence of humanity. COVID-19 accelerated the adoption of new technologies faster than at any point in history. A virtual learning gap has been highlighted during this crisis and must be addressed for our students to succeed. Equally as important, never in history, as demonstrated during the pandemic, have trust and understanding in science been more critical. How we prepare and engage the next generation to choose STEM and technology pathways is critical to the future success of our workforce and employers in professional disciplines of national priority.

STTE and Insights Science Discovery are offering the Augmented Reality Science Fair (ARSF), a first-of-its-kind model that complements the traditional science fair by introducing augmented reality to student research and innovations. 

Statistics confirm students remember 90% of the material if it is learned through experience. According to VR in Education Report, Learning Gain and Motivation are two critical areas Augmented Reality enhances. Studies stated that, when using AR systems, students improve their academic performance and feel more motivated by AR applications compared to other pedagogical tools.

STTE is designing our next interactive science fair book to educate students about climate change solutions. The book will feature immersive augmented reality student projects, youtube news, and fun quizzes.

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Advancing Economic Development Through a Startup Ecosystem

As of 7.18.2022, STTE and our community partners are proud to share our Startup Report highlighting ten LatinX startups from the Borderplex region. STTE startup support services included mentorship, investor pitch deck preparation, IP protection, trademarks & agreements, startup sprints, pitch events, and co-working space. Thanks to the Hispanics In Philanthropy, LatinXPV program, Inicio Ventures, Sun Cruces Angels, VelaWood Law, and various sponsoring organizations for pitch events, efforts were made possible. The University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University Arrowhead Center also supported cultivating the STEAM talent pipeline and providing impactful resources. 

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Innovare -a platform that empowers education leaders to make data-driven decisions. Featured at Miami and London EdTech Week, alumni of the Latin XPV & now in the StartOut Growth Lab sponsored by JP Morgan, and continues to scale across the country with 2 million in annual reoccurring revenue. https://innovaresip.com/

Parabeac – a SaaS company that helps app development teams automate their design to development workflow. A recent recipient of Google For Startups Latino Fund, the company has raised $1.2m to date. https://parabeac.com/

Metalx Biocycle – a deep tech company that reclaims critical metals from e-waste for a sustainable, carbon-free future. MTLX has been awarded $500K in non-dilutive funding from the Department of Energy and $525K from a San Francisco-based accelerator program. https://www.metalxbiocycle.com/

Alpha Back – a browser extension that pays users crypto to view ads. Launched in June 2022 and celebrated 1,000 installs in less than a month. https://alphaback.xyz/

InternBytes – a diverse internship community platform with over 1,200 students in the community. Secured Amazon as the first customer on July 15, 2022, and will help scale MVP while creating opportunities for interns. https://internbytes.com/

OTEN Medical -the Original CPAP Hose Holder, HSA & FSA eligible with patented curvature that provides a smooth surface to allow tangle-free movement for better sleep. Sold to 1,265 customers through website/Amazon/eBay/Walmart and $60K fundraised. https://otenmedical.com/

Thyroid HQ – an alternative blood analysis online platform that identifies thyroid function optimal zones for minority populations is closing on a partnership with Ordrs.io to source 250 Thyroid hormone test kits, growing userbase and raising awareness on thyroid health. Over 200 customer discovery interviews were conducted for validation.

P.M. Technologies -an advanced manufacturing technology company has invested in an industrial additive manufacturing system to serve its growing customer base. $40K in annual reoccurring revenue. https://www.pmtechs.com/

Sentinel Delivery -leading the way in drone technology and autonomous software design, Sentinel Delivery placed second in the 2022 International Conference on Robotics and Automation CRA. Teaming up with other innovators to explore technology solutions with applications. https://sentineldelivery.com/

Klevy Tea -a beverage brand that solidified manufacturing capability with a bottle fulfillment rate of 1,000 per week. Scaling through cloud retail locations and pitching to ECRM Global Market (online trade show to buyers from Whole Foods, Sprouts, Albertsons etc). $32K in revenue & 2K in new customers in 2022. https://www.klevytea.com/

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On Saturday, November 6th ten startup entrepreneurs from El Paso and New Mexico pitched their businesses for an opportunity to win $200,000 in prizes. We focus on our goals. Our goals are to celebrate, connect, and inspire. We celebrate our budding ecosystem. We connect companies with national investors to increase access to venture activity. We aim to inspire new startups in the region to take the leap to start their own business. We value our founders. Founders typically don’t pay themselves with the limited resources they have and will be taking time off from their startup to pitch. We will provide each founder with $250 for their time. Don’t pay to pitch, get paid to pitch. We will increase access to capital. Each of our judges are fund representatives or angels and each have the ability to cut a check. In a region where venture activity is light, it is important to bring outside capital to introduce them to the region’s best and brightest. We focus on the networking. Finding a startup-investor match is tough. Investors back less than 1% of the companies that pitch them. We bring together a community to network and share experiences to increase the likelihood of an intro to funding.

US EDA Secretary

On October 17, 2022, STTE had two special guests visit our office; the US Economic Development Administration Assistant Secretary Alejandra Castillo and US Congresswoman Veronica Escobar. In addition, four of STTE’s emerging LatinX startups pitched to the leaders. It was a monumental moment for our entrepreneurs to share their journeys and innovative solutions to transform our community one day. We also had leadership from the City of El Paso and Bitwise Industries attend and share how they intend to cultivate the tech sector. Leadership matters!

Introducing The Climate Change Business Contest

Your Challenge: Design a Circulating Composting Bin. Composting has many benefits! It enriches the soil, helping to retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests. Composting reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and also reduces methane emissions from landfills. However, a difficult part of having a large compost pile is turning and aerating the soil by hand.

  • Middle & High School teams register below for Round 2 (Oct. 24 -Nov. 18, 2022).
  • Receive your Innoventure Challenge Tool kit with all instructions.
  • Submit your creative 1-5 minute video pitch by Nov. 18, 2022 via Google form.
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LatinX EdTech Summit: Bridging the Digital Divide

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STTE Foundation, EduLab Capital Partners, and CREEED hosted a half-day intersection of STEAM exploration, education celebration, and action creation as it relates to education technology. LatinX Edtech Summit connects leading national EdTech companies, teachers, and education leaders of influence to develop sustainable and resilient solutions that generate “Action.” LatinX EdTech Summit will Impact:

  • Provide rural areas and small to midsize school districts with options for accessibility to cutting edge technologies
  • Advance underserved Hispanic populations
  • Attract emerging Edtech leaders to the border region and demonstrate how to better serve the Hispanic markets
  • Recognition opportunity for teachers through awards mechanism

Generational Impact

Generational Transformers

On Tuesday, February 8, 2022, members of STTE Sandbox, gathered to capture the generational transformation. Entrepreneurs, creatives, and attorneys living the dream in the startup space are creating products that will change the world for the better. The Generation Transformers are acting NOW with No Opportunities Wasted. At STTE Sandbox, we create change through Stories, STEAM, and Startups. 🔥🎤🚀🦄

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Thank You To Our Supporters

Thanks to our trusted network of dedicated supporters, STTE is able to operate and help make a generational impact in the world.

American Consortium For Equity in Education (https://ace-ed.org/)

Carnegie Mellon University (https://www.cmu.edu/)

EduLab Capital (https://www.edulabcapital.com/)

Geenee.ar (https://geenee.ar/)

Hispanics In Philanthropy (HIP.org)

Sand Hill Angels Charitable Fund (Sand Hill Angels Charitable Fund)

Bank of America (https://www.bankofamerica.com/)

Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) (https://www.creeed.org/)

El Paso Electric (https://www.epelectric.com/)

Innovare (https://innovaresip.com/)

New Mexico State University Arrowhead Center (https://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/)

The University of Texas at El Paso (https://www.utep.edu/)