JSTEM PBI Program

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The JSTEM (Journalism, Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Project Based Inquiry (PBI) is an innovative summer enrichment program offered by UTRGV Continuing Education in partnership with College of Education & P-16 Integration. This program is an opportunity for high school students to learn STEM in an authentically situated research setting at UTRGV. Journalism PBI takes place in tandem with STEM PBI and is designed to provide an opportunity for students interested in mass communication and marketing to gain hands-on experience under the guidance of experts in the fields. The journalism group will apply what they learned during the camp by chronicling the activities of the STEM students.

JSTEM PBI 2018

This program will be offered for a third year, as a 6-week program from June 4 – July 13, 2018 at the UTRGV Edinburg campus. School districts interested in sponsoring their students can call our office at 956-665-2071. Applications are now open. Please click here for student application.

Read the press release and learn more details about this program. 


  • Students will collaborate with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) faculty/graduate students from UTRGV in order to solve a real world, original research problem over the course of the project (5 week long).
  • This is an interdisciplinary project that engages students in authentic inquiry and PBI pedagogy.
  • The project is designed to teach and reinforce STEM concepts.
  • They will develop content and skills in STEM subjects in a research lab and classroom setting at UTRGV.
  • The district will provide transportation to UTRGV Edinburg campus where they will spend 5 hours/day working closely with researchers in understanding how to identify a real life problem and find solution through inquiry based learning.
  • Lunch will be provided on campus.

  • They will have the opportunity to work in small teams with students from other high schools within the district.
  • They will have the opportunity to get acquainted with various classroom settings, research facilities, and resources available at UTRGV.
  • They will work closely with faculty and Graduate students in Biology, Engineering, Math and other relevant experts who will guide them in research methodology.
  • They will develop problem-solving skills, self-directed learning skills, and teamwork/collaboration skills to a level of self-sufficiency which are essential skills to succeed in college.
  • They will be motivated to pursue a field of study in college that they learn about in this program.
  • More importantly, they will experience college life, but under excellent mentoring, which will alleviate the fear or intimidation factor and motivate them to pursue college.

  • Kaley Enriquez, STEM Participant

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    School: PSJA North Early College High School
    Grade: 11th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    My favorite subject is English, which I excel in.
    What is your dream job?
    My dream job is to pursue a career in software engineering.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I plan to incorporate my experience and knowledge from JSTEM into my academic studies.
  • Claudio Hernandez, STEM Participant

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    School: PSJA Southwest Early College High School
    Grade: 10th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    My favorite subject in school would be chemistry. Because I like to do the equations and the experiments in Chemistry.

    What is your dream job?
    My dream job would be something that requires talking and interacting with people and animals. I would love my dream job to be a Veterinarian or a Registered Nurse.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I plan to use my knowledge in the future while taking Chemistry I in the Fall. All the experience that I have is very useful for my future classes.

  • Roxana Hernandez, Journalism Participant

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    School: PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-Stem
    Grade: 11th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    English, because I’ve always liked reading and writing.
    What is your dream job?
    To become a Photographer.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I will use it at school. I have learned very useful photography and videography skills. Therefore, I will apply them to my presentations for school and whenever I have to take or make videos.

  • Jeffry Martinez, STEM Participant

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    School: PSJA Southwest Early College High School
    Grade: 9th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    My favorite subject at school is Math. I enjoy Mathematics because it makes you think about every day concepts that are usually ignored.
    What is your dream job?
    I want to be a Microbiologist or a Math Teacher.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I plan to use it as experience for the future.
  • Mario Martinez, STEM Participant

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    School: PSJA Southwest Early College High School
    Grade: 11th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    History is my favorite subject.
    What is your dream job?
    I would like to become a Combat Pilot or a Combat Medic.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I would implement what I’ve learned in the frontlines by finding cures and mixing antidotes.
  • Alexis Nava, Journalism Participant

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    School: PSJA Memorial Early College High School
    Grade: 10th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    My favorite subject is History because I just love how people developed throughout the years.
    What is your dream job?
    To be a traveling (RN) Registered Nurse.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I plan to use in my future when I'm traveling to photograph a different city, country, state I go to.
  • Angel Piña,STEM Participant

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    School: PSJA North Early College High School
    Grade: 11th
    What is your favorite subject at school and why?
    It would have to be Physics for it has taught me how even the smallest things work.
    What is your dream job?
    My dream job is to be a Science Researcher to help the world.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I want to apply what I’ve learned in a real laboratory to efficiently help with a project.
  • Victoria Razo, Journalism Participant

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    School: PSJA Southwest Early College High School
    Grade: 9th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    My favorite subject would probably have to be English. It is probably the most interesting subject to me because it involves reading, learning new vocabulary, writing and more.
    What is your dream job?
    When I grow up I want to be a Journalist. I want to have graduated from St. Mary's with a major in Journalism and a minor in Photography or Film.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I plan to apply the knowledge I gained from Journalism to my school studies when I compete in U.I.L., and for future reference.
  • Alan Ruiz, STEM Participant

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    School: PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-Stem
    Grade: 11th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    My favorite subject would be Mathematics because I enjoy working with numbers.
    What is your dream job?
    I want to become a State Trooper or an FBI Agent.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I plan to use it to develop posters when I get in to college and to interact better with others.
  • Aaron Salinas, STEM Participant

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    School: PSJA Southwest College High School
    Grade: 9th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    Biology because that's one of the classes that I focus the most.
    What is your dream job?
    My dream job is engineering.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I plan on using all of the techniques that I learn in JSTEM next time I have to work on a lab.
  • Branden Salinas, STEM Participant

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    School: PSJA North Early College High School
    Grade: 11th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    My favorite subject is Math because it always amazes me how many different ways you can get to the answer.
    What is your dream job?
    My dream job is to be a Chemical Engineer.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    The research I've learned at the JSTEM program will help me in my future with all the new techniques and exciting research we've done.

  • Alyssa Torres, Journalism Participant

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    School: PSJA Early College High School
    Grade: 11th
    What is your favorite subject at school and why?
    History because I like learning about World War 2. Everything about History interest me.
    What is your dream job?
    I want to be a Psychiatrist because I want to help people with mental disorder.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I plan to use the skills I learn in school. It will help me be more social in life and I won't be so shy and insecure anymore.
  • Brandon Treviño, Journalism Participant

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    School: PSJA Southwest Early College High School
    Grade: 9th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    Biology – Too much to learn and the experiments that involve chemicals are the best.
    What is your dream job?
    My dream job is to be in the U.S. Army or the Marines. However, if I’m not cut out for any of them, Biochemist in the U.S. Army would have to be my second choice.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    Since I learned mostly about photography, I plan to get a job as a photographer with my brother over the summer.
  • Esmeralda Valdez, STEM Participant

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    School: PSJA Southwest Early College High School
    Grade: 10th
    What is your favorite subject in school and why?
    My favorite subject in school is Math. Math has many interesting ways of telling you how different building structures can be if you change a specific length.
    What is your dream job?
    My dream job is to work for a well-known company that makes parts for every-day-objects. I want to help improve machines and companies to make people’s lives easier.
    How do you plan to use what you learned at the JSTEM program at UTRGV?
    I plan to use my communication and leadership skills to efficiently deal with different tasks.

This section has pictures of students in action and videos created as part of the project. 

  • Student photos

    Image of JSTEM students performing their activities

    Image of JSTEM students performing their activities

    Image of JSTEM students performing their activities

    Image of JSTEM students performing their activities

    Image of JSTEM students performing their activities

    Click here to view more images about the JSTEM PBI Program.

  • Videos created by Students




  • Social Media

    JSTEM PBI Program at UTRGV Facebook page.

Cost

$1000/person

When

To be Announced.


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