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teachHOUSTON STEM Interactive - Summer 2021

Two Weeks of Activities - Posted Daily - Grades 6–9 - Free - Starts June 14

This summer, teachHOUSTON will fuel the love of STEM and innovation in students entering grades 6–9 through its second virtual STEM initiative called teachHOUSTON STEM Interactive.

2021 Lessons & Supply Lists

Two Weeks of Fun Online Activities: June 14–June 25

This program features two weeks of fun activities posted daily on various STEM topics including:

  • Mathematics
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Engineering Design and Innovation
  • Environmental Science

Each week, participants will access 2–3 hours per day of engaging activities including:

  • Interactive Mini-Lessons
  • Science Experiments
  • Prototyping
  • Engineering Design Challenges

All materials, including videos and detailed activity plans, are accessible from this webpage.

Lessons and activities are created by experts in STEM and secondary STEM education from the UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Engage with STEM Interactive

We would love to see engagement from students throughout the entire STEM Interactive program. Our team is looking forward to spotlighting students’ STEM projects and creativity.


Zoom meetings (45 mins) four times daily, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 6 pm Central (Mon–Fri).


Private Facebook group discussions and posts, day of the lesson, 8 am–8 pm Central.


Email with questions and to share pictures of projects, day of the lesson.

Participate, Share Your Work, and Win Prizes

Drawings will be held for awards throughout the program. Students will be entered into drawings for answering daily assessment questions and attending Zoom sessions.

Students are encouraged to share pictures of their projects/activities and to ask questions through our Zoom sessions, private Facebook group, or by sending an email to

There are many ways to participate:

  • Answer discussion board posts
  • Take Assessment Quizzes
  • Participate in a Zoom Discussion
  • Email or post a picture of your design/activity

Daily Zoom Sessions, Mon–Fri, June 14–June 25

Share your work with the group during 45-minute sessions. Students should only attend one session per day (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, or 6 pm Central). The Zoom link and password will be sent out via email and posted in our private Facebook group. Please note Zoom meetings are limited to 300 participants.


Please complete our form to register and receive program information.

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For questions and inquiries, please contact

Support teachHOUSTON STEM Interactive

You can make a voluntary donation of any amount to this program which engaged 3,000 students in its first year. Your donation will allow the program to continue providing free of cost, hands-on STEM learning opportunities for students.

Donate below, or text UHSTEMCAMP to 71777.

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Program Sponsors

National Science Foundation

Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation



This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE 1557309). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Meet the Executive Directors

Paige Evans

Dr. Paige Evans
Associate Director and Clinical Professor, teachHOUSTON

Dr. Paige Evans is the Associate Director and Clinical Professor for the teachHOUSTON program in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Houston (UH). Through this role, she teaches and oversees coursework in preservice STEM teacher education. She is also the instructor for a physics inquiry course and prepares future secondary STEM teachers to obtain Texas Teacher Certification.

Dr. Evans is the PI/Co-PI on several federal grants with goals to broaden STEM participation and improve STEM literacy for all. She frequently publishes and presents on her research interests that include STEM education, STEM teacher preparation and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Dr. Evans is an American Physical Society Physics Teacher Education Coalition Fellow and recently served as the president of the UTeach STEM Educators Association. She received the UH Teaching Excellence Award, the UH Group Teaching Excellence Award, the UH Natural Sciences & Mathematics John. C. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award, and the American Educational Research Association Narrative Inquiry Outstanding Publication Award.

Prior to joining the UH faculty in 2008, she spent 18 years as a math/science educator and served in various leadership positions. She received her B.S. in Secondary Education/Biological Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University, her M.A. in Physics Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Ed.D. in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston.

Mariam Manuel

Dr. Mariam Manuel
Instructional Assistant Professor, teachHOUSTON

Dr. Mariam Manuel is an Instructional Assistant Professor/Master Teacher for teachHOUSTON, a secondary STEM teacher preparation program in the Department of Mathematics at University of Houston. She is a proud graduate of the University of Houston and was part of the inaugural cohort of the teachHOUSTON program during its inception in 2007.

Dr. Manuel earned her Ph.D. in STEM Education through Texas Tech University, and her research interests include STEM teacher education, engineering design education, and culturally responsive pedagogy. Dr. Manuel also teaches a course that connects middle school physics content with inquiry-driven instructional strategies and teaches graduate level coursework in Engineering Design Education, for the UH STEM Master’s program.

Dr. Manuel serves on multiple grants and actively publishes and presents at national research conferences. She serves as the faculty sponsor for student organizations, such as the teachHOUSTON Student Society, COOGS Against Human Trafficking, and COOGS Against Domestic Violence. Her efforts in mentorship also include her commitment to serving as an active member on the Houston-Area Regional Leadership Team for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project.

Dr. Manuel was presented with the 2019 Association for Women in Mathematics Certificate of Service to the Field for Mentorship of Girls and Young Women in STEM. She is also the recipient of the 2018 Million Women Mentors Stand Up for STEM Award which recognizes efforts in mentoring young girls and women to pursue STEM-related career pathways.