2019 STAT Innovation Award Winners

STAT is proud to announce the 2019-2020 Innovation Award winners in recognition of the best and brightest science initiatives in Texas while also offering solutions to the resource challenges besetting science instruction in the state of Texas.

Lukfin High School | Lufkin ISD
Seeing Science Through A Different Lens

The Mobile Microscope Initiative -- "Seeing Science Through a Different Lens" -- will expose digital natives to innovative technology in the field of microscopy and create an experience that is relevant and meaningful. The mobile microscopes will be utilized in a STEAM "MicroArt" project, which allows students to see connections among science, art and other disciplines. 

Ann & Nate Levine Academy | Private School
Levine Academy's Electric Standing Wheelchair

Brian Aft, a paraplegic veteran, shared innovations that make his life easier with students at the Ann & Nate Levine Academy. Brian noted how he missed playing golf but was recently given a chance to play using a $23,000 wheelchair. Inspired by what they heard, the students wanted to build an efficient and inexpensive vertical wheelchair so Brian will play golf whenever he can.

Mineola High School | Mineola ISD
STEM Extravaganza

The STEM Extravaganza is an all-day, annual program of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities, experiments and demonstrations led and taught by high school students that younger students will attend. The event provides an opportunity for younger school children to sit side-by-side with older students and learn about different STEM topics using hands-on, inquiry-based, age-appropriate activities.

Katy High School | Katy ISD
Tiger Prairie Initiative

In 2019, the Tiger Prairie team began the transformation of a one-acre plot in front of Katy High School to a native Texas coastal prairie. Under the direction of the Katy Prairie Conservancy and the Wildlife Habitat Federation, the Tiger Prairie was initiated to create an outdoor classroom where students could explore important ecosystem services such as flood and drought mitigation and habitats for native species.