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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:00 pm

Javier Garcia, the STEM director at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Office of Community Relations, has been involved with STEM education since before science education became so widely associated with that form of learning.

In about 2000, STEM began to gain wide acceptance as an acronym for instruction in science, technology, engineering and math, according to the Education Week blog Curriculum Matters.

Back in 1995 the University of Texas at Brownsville, which later became part of UTRGV, hired Garcia for a program called South Texas Engineering, Math and Sciences, or STEMS. Throughout the years, the program has reinvented itself to become the community relations office it is today, located behind the university bookstore on UTRGV’s Brownsville campus.

Garcia graduated from Tarleton State University in 1992 with a degree in geology and taught science at Port Isabel before the opportunity at UTB came along. He said the new job turned out to be a great way to inspire young students about the sciences and get them thinking about science careers.

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