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UPDATE: UTPB STEM Charter Academy Students Chosen

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - The UTPB STEM Academy lottery drawing will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - "We had close to 520 in the last two weeks so, we've had a very good response," said Juli Rathael, dean of graduate studies and assistant vice president of research of UTPB.

A large number of applicants and a large turn out at Wednesday's lottery drawing.

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin announced it would be opening up a charter school on April 15th.

"We will still teach all the subjects that any other school in Texas is required to teach, but we will have a strong emphasis on STEM," Rathael said.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

Administrators say learning will be project based.

"To have them move up and kind of have them ready for college, is gonna be a really good idea," said Amy Rose, a parent whose children were selected in the lottery.

Students were just as excited for a different opportunity at school.

4th grader Emily Blankinship's name was drawn and she tells me she's passionate about science and wants to learn more.

"We do research every time I'm in there and I only get it once a week, every Wednesday. I want it all week," Blankinship said.

According to UTPB officials, all students will have Ipads and do a lot of their learning at home.

Parents will be very involved and have a partnership with the teachers.

And things parents are most excited about?

"The project based. I have high schoolers that go to New Tech and they really, really like that project based already," Rose said.

Holly Moore's daughter's name wasn't called, but she might have a chance to be put on the waiting list.

Although her daughter is only in kindergarten, Moore was excited for a school to offer something new.

"for the curriculum to be geared towards her specifically. You know, so if she advanced in a particular area she could continue on," Moore said.


Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - The UTPB STEM Academy lottery drawing will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Officials from the STEM Academy say education will be provided through the use of project based learning

According to the UTPB STEM Academy's website, teachers will design projects using state standards, TEKS and CCRS, to lasts three to four weeks.

These projects will provide students the opportunity to put the information learned into action through real-life simulated projects.

The stem academy lottery is open to the public, but will have certain requirements:

The student must be in grades Pre-K to fifth grade for the 2013-2014 school year or kindergarten to sixth grade for the 2014-2015 school year.

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