June 2, 2014
Cypress Springs students participated in the capstone event for the Lemelson-MIT Program Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam initiative at the Children’s Museum of Houston on May 29. Pictured (back row, L-R) are Mustafa Muhammad, Horace Delos Reyes, Adrian Iramategui, Carla Rivera and Cypress Springs algebra teacher Jason Wong; and (front row) Cypress Springs chemistry team leader Mo Wong, Tiffany Tran, Yen Pham and Fatima Mejia.
June 2, 2014—Cypress Springs High School freshman and sophomore students wrapped up a successful year in the Lemelson MIT Program’s Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam initiative by showcasing their projects and presenting invention idea posters at the capstone event, held May 29 at the Children’s Museum of Houston.
The JV InvenTeam initiative is designed to cultivate inventive curiosity and skills in ninth- and 10th-grade students traditionally lacking access to hands-on enrichment opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Cypress Springs was one of five Texas schools and 10 schools in the nation selected by the Lemelson MIT Program to participate.
The capstone event started with blended teams of students from four Houston-area high schools collaborating to build a balloon tower. The keynote speaker, a nuclear physicist and MIT alumnus, presented an inspirational speech about overcoming struggles in his own life to success and steps students can follow to achieve their dreams. Students also explore other hands-on activities from the program and spent time enjoying the museum.
“Five high schools in the Houston area were selected to participate, but only four made it in the end,” said Mo Wong, Cypress Springs chemistry team leader and JV InvenTeam sponsor. “Our students did an exceptional job representing our school and had a ton of fun.”
The JV InvenTeam initiative, supported by The Lemelson Foundation, builds upon the Lemelson-MIT Program’s decade-long experience engaging students in invention education activities. JV InvenTeams practiced invention-based design activities and applied their learned skills to create useful and unique projects, including shoe soles and wearable electronics.
Cypress Springs students work to construct a balloon tower during the JV InvenTeam capstone event on May 29 at the Children’s Museum of Houston.