Four freshmen from Tomball Star Academy were selected to participate in the DLR Group’s Student Innovation Challenge at the TASA Midwinter Conference in January. Tomball ISD, represented by Tomball Star Academy, was one of just four districts in Texas chosen by the DLR Group to take part in the learning experiment. TSA freshmen Rylan Bear, Matthew Nguyen, Chris Rojo and Erick Martinez were selected by Principal Kim McKinney and group leader and teacher Travis Ling to represent Tomball ISD. In early January, the DLR Group presented the students with a challenge question relating to ‘how and where do you learn best?’ and were asked to create a two-minute video explaining their conclusion to the question in which focused on the ability to ‘learn everywhere at any time’. Once they arrived in Austin a few weeks later, all four TISD students were able to collaborate with other districts then a second question from the DLR Group was presented and a longer video answer was prepared and presented to a large audience in Austin, while fielding questions from industry leaders, educators and district administrators on their challenge findings. The Innovative Challenge was a hands-on activity that allowed TSA students the opportunity to bond as classmates, practice public speaking and gain insight on different perspectives of real-world issues, presented by each participating district.
Source: Tomball ISD