The school district and Foundation are dedicated to graduating STEAM-ready students. The objective is for all Plano ISD graduates to be knowledgeable and skilled in the most advanced science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) coursework. The Foundation engages local partners and corporations to support STEAM initiatives throughout Plano ISD.
Competitive Robotics in Plano ISD
The Plano ISD competitive robotics program is supported by district partners and is available for interested students from elementary through senior high school. The mission of the Plano ISD robotics program is to build a robotics and engineering community that connects students with industry professionals and grows students into disciplined and creative thinkers with the confidence to pursue their dreams. ). The robotics program in Plano ISD continues to expand to include more students each year.
Students who participate in Robotics are twice as likely to major in science or engineering. Over 90% of students report improved problem solving, time management and conflict resolution skills. In addition, they are 87% more interested in going to college. The Plano ISD robotics program continues to expand throughout the district at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Middle School robotics team demonstrating their robot to the Plano ISD Board of Trustees.
Education Foundation Community Partner theTexas Instruments Foundation Presents Plano ISD Teachers with Innovations in Outstanding STEM Teaching Awards
The Foundation partners with the Texas Instruments Foundation to make possible the annual Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations in Outstanding STEM Teaching Awards. For the past nine years, TI Foundation has supported annual awards of $31,500 that benefit individual educators and their schools.
2023 TI Foundation's Innovation in STEM Teaching Awardees
Plano ISD Education Foundation Senior Executive Director Brittnea Ussery, Jennifer Bell of Renner Middle School, Patricia Walker of Rice Middle School, Ross Craig of Plano East Senior High School, Shane Hanby of Plano West Senior High School (finalist), Grace Haug of Jasper High School (finalist), Tracy Henry Smith of Williams High School (finalist), Harshal Chhaya of Texas Instruments and the Plano ISD Education Foundation.