Aggie STEM is a collaboration between Texas A&M’s College of Education and Human Development and the College of Engineering.

Donation in honor of James B. Kelly

James Burton Kelly was the true embodiment of what it means to be an Aggie. His generosity and selflessness was displayed in every one of his actions. He constantly devoted himself to A&M and contributed to the STEM program. James has and forever will be a fightin Texas Aggie.

Mr. Kelly annually gave the gift of camp to academically talented children who were unable to attend camp because of financial reasons. Your donation will be used to continue his legacy and his tradition of giving back to the community while supporting his beloved institution Texas A&M University. Thank you notes will be sent to all donors acknowledging their gift and the Kelly family will receive a note acknowledging the total donated and list of donors.

If you would like to mail a check:

Aggie STEM
Dr. Robert M. Capraro
4232 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4232
Make Checks Payable to Aggie STEM with In Memory of Mr. James B. Kelly in the memo section of the check
Registration for Open-Enrollment Camps is Coming to a Close!

Registration for Open-Enrollment Camps is Coming to a Close!

Our open-enrollment camps are filling up quickly! Make sure to register today for our Online Immersing into STEM or EmpowHERing…

- by Caitlin Summers
Registration for Competitive Camps is Closed!

Registration for Competitive Camps is Closed!

Registration for our 2021 Competitive Camps has officially closed, but you can still register for the following Aggie STEM camp…

- by Caitlin Summers
Register for Advancing into STEM with Veterinary Medicine

Register for Advancing into STEM with Veterinary Medicine

Aggie STEM is thrilled to again be partnering with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science for a camp…

- by Caitlin Summers
Apply to the James B. Kelly Honors Program

Apply to the James B. Kelly Honors Program

The deadline to apply for our competitive camps is approaching! If you are interested in our James B. Kelly Honors…

- by Caitlin Summers

Current Research

Aggie STEM is part of a new Department of Education funded grant Project LISTO. This exciting new project broadens access to science learning and improves science literacy for EC and ELL students through an enhanced science curriculum. The project will involve 560 teachers and 11,200 EC and ELL students. LISTO will involve four cohorts of grade 5 students, one (Cohort 1) of which will be followed and monitored through grade 8 for long-term retention and impact. LISTO will incorporate the following: (a) new schools with two levels (teacher and students); (b) follow-up teacher professional development and student monitoring through grade 8 for Cohort 1; (c) standards-aligned science curriculum, which includes virtual notebooks for Written and Academic oral language Vocabulary development in English in Science (WAVES), Technology Integration for English Language and Literacy Acquisition in Science (TIELAS), and the 5E model used daily; (d) a virtual teacher mentoring/coaching model; (e) virtual teacher professional development; (f) virtual observations in the classroom with a platform for observing; (g) Family Involvement in Science (FIS) with virtual engagement and observation methods; and (h) Scientists as Role Models and Mentors (SRM2), which connects university students as mentors to grade-level students. Treatment teachers will receive virtual professional development and instructional coaching, which will be gradually reduced over course of the project to test sustainability. The objectives include (a) examining the impact of the virtual teacher professional development and coaching/mentoring; (b) determining the academic sustainability of the literacy-infused science curriculum for fifth grade students; and (c) providing scaled outcomes and outreach with dissemination and sustainability of the project. Expected outcomes include increased student achievement in science, improved student English language and literacy skills, and enhanced teacher science content and pedagogical knowledge and skills. Project LISTO

Aggie STEM’s research encompasses a broad range topics and issues in K-12 STEM education, from those directly connected to students and teachers as well as those related to school administration and curriculum. Research performed encompasses STEM education in both formal and informal contexts, and looks at fundamental issues as well as how to transfer the knowledge gained through research to improve the practice of STEM education. Informal STEM education is currently being investigated through examining STEM focused summer camps for middle and high school students. Aggie STEM emphasizes interest and competencies in STEM areas by involving campers in a learner-centered environment that enables them to actively engage, think, and solve real world oriented problems.

Aggie STEM has developed an online and face-to-face teacher professional development series to elevate teachers’ content and pedagogical knowledge about innovative instructional strategies supporting active teaching and learning (i.e., STEM Project-based Learning ) in STEM areas. Professors and graduate students from the mathematics, science, and engineering departments in Aggie STEM collaboratively conduct experimental research focused on best practices of active STEM teaching and learning. Aggie STEM also observes in schools, writes evaluation reports, and trains administrators, principals, and teachers in effective leadership for supporting active learning practices.

Check out our publications for results of our prior work.