Education Programs


TSPE’s education programs and resources position the Society squarely between the engineering profession's need for a skilled workforce and the community's need for organized involvement with our education system. Our mission and our message are the same – literacy is empowerment. TSPE is committed to helping resolve the crisis in math and science literacy in our state.

We believe that our children are our future. In light of this belief, the Fort Worth Chapter of TSPE supports numerous education programs designed to introduce young people to the concepts of science, math, and engineering.

Are you a student looking to learn more about engineering? Check out our Engineering the Future brochure (PDF).


MATHCOUNTS

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math who need to be challenged. Students will engage in exciting, "bee-style" contests in which they will compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. At the local, state and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.

The Fort Worth Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Chapter coordinates an annual chapter competition where 6th, 7th and 8th grade students challenge their mathematic skills. After several months of coaching, participating schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in our local chapter competition.

Do you want to help with the 2019 MATHCOUNTS Competition?

We are looking for volunteers for the 2019 Fort Worth MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition. The Fort Worth Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Chapter coordinates this annual chapter competition where 6th, 7th and 8th grade students challenge their mathematic skills. After several months of coaching, participating schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in our local chapter competition.

We need volunteers to help the event run smoothly on the day of the competition. Volunteers will help proctor & grade tests. The commitment time is around half of a day starting around 8:00 a.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be included.

This is a great opportunity to meet and network with other engineers as well as introduce the engineering community to the students involved at the competition. This competition cannot be successful without your help.

If you and/or your friends are interested in participating in this fun and exciting event, please contact Joe LaCroix (jlacroix@bhbinc.com).  Please let me know if you would prefer to be a proctor or grader. 

Future Cities

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, and green energy. The 2016-2017 topic is Waste Not, Want Not!

Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. After the competition is over, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, they are poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.

This year’s theme: The Power of Public Spaces. We once again have more than 50 schools working hard on their city concepts and the solution to renovating underused areas of their cities into vibrant public spaces serving the diverse needs of their citizenry. So, please take a minute now and sign up … then pass this message along to your friends and colleagues and encourage them to join us.

We are looking for judges for:

-   Virtual City – judging online, on your own schedule, at your computer. December-January.

-   City Essay – judging online, on your own schedule, at your computer. December-January.

-   Model & Presentation – judging on-site at UT Arlington, interacting with the student teams. 28 January 2017.

-   Special Awards – judging on-site at UT Arlington, interacting with team. Judging for specific, sponsored category awards. 28 January 2017.

And all kinds of volunteers for the day-of … 28 January at UT Arlington.

Future City Junior also needs judges – NTX pioneered the Junior competition to introduce 4-5th graders to engineering. The juniors are submitting two deliverables that require scoring: essay and model. The models will be judged at UT Arlington, in the afternoon, following the preliminary round for the middle school competition (on 28 January). So, if you are going to be judging the models and presentations in the morning, and can stay for the afternoon, please sign up.

More info: http://www.dfwfuturecity.org/part_vols.html or contact me (below) or Richard Reppert, Judging Coordinator, judging@dfwfuturecity.org.

Or sign up directly at (each competition has its own sign-up):

https://www.dfwfuturecity.org/NorthTX/Judge – Future City (middle school) Competition

https://www.dfwfuturecity.org/NorthTXJunior/Judge – Future City Junior (elementary school)

Jean Eason
NTX Regional Coordinator
Future City Competition
www.dfwfuturecity.org, regional@dfwfuturecity.org

 

Scholarships

Any high school senior planning to pursue an engineering degree from an ABET accredited university is eligible to apply for a Texas Engineering Foundation scholarship. The application deadline for 2017-18 is January 18, 2019.

The application consists of seven (7) sections.  The Fort Worth Chapter does not require an interview but the essay is strongly encouraged.  We would love to get to know more about you!

To be eligible for a TSPE Chapter Scholarship a student must:

  • Be a United States citizen

  • Be a high school senior with a 3.0 or higher GPA entering college in the fall of 2017

  • Have scored at least a 620 in math, a 580 in reading & writing on the SAT, or a 29 in math and a 25 in English on the ACT

  • Enroll in an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited engineering program. (Visit www.abet.org and click on "Find ABET-Accredited Programs" to obtain a listing)

  • Provide a completed Scholarship Application with all required attachments postmarked or delivered by January 13, 2017

Instructions for submitting an application: 

  • Complete the Scholarship Application form (found here)

  • Provide documentation of all eligibility requirements as listed above

  • Secure and attach all required documentation for the application

  • Mail or otherwise deliver the entire application (including all components) no later than January 13, 2017 to your Chapter Scholarship Coordinator, listed below. (Incomplete application packets will not be considered)

Assemble the application in the following order:

  • Completed application form

  • Essay (strongly encouraged)

  • Two recommendations from non-relatives (high school teachers preferred)

  • Official transcript(s); no photocopies will be accepted; a school counselor must verify current courses

  • SAT or ACT scores

TSPE scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic record, achievement, leadership, and career goals.

The application can be found here

Please mail completed application to
          Matthew Giglio
          Freese & Nichols, Inc.
4055 International Plaza, Suite #200
          Fort Worth, TX 76109
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In May 2018, our chapter received the following thank-you letter from Drew Heilman, recipient of the Kenny Carr Memorial Scholarship:

Ms. Rierson,

I was a recipient of the 2014 Kenny Carr Memorial Scholarship to fund my studies of chemical engineering at the University of Texas. I am deeply thankful to the Fort Worth chapter of TSPE for awarding me this scholarship. The $1,000 afforded me the freedom to pursue non-paying positions in academic laboratories, which had a profound impact on my career path and personal growth. Last week after graduation, I moved to Reno, Nevada to begin work as a batter engineer for Panasonic at the Tesla Gigafactory.

Than you for your investment in my life,

Drew Heilman

In September 2014, our chapter received the following thank-you letter from Kristina Bueche, recipient of the Kenny Carr Memorial Scholarship:

Dear Mr. Randall and TSPE,

I am writing to thank you for your generous $1,000, and it was an honor to be a recipient of the Kenny Carr Memorial Scholarship.

I am a Computer Science and Engineering, and Mathematics major at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology planning to pursue a career in the automobile industry or network security. Thanks to your financial assistance, I can focus more on studying and preparing for my career.

Thank you again for your generosity and support.

Sincerely,

Kristina Bueche

Engineers Week (E-Week)

 

 

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