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Dr. Travis and colleague Rafael Cordero from TXST Upward Bound were awarded $80,000 by the Department of Education to establish a STEM Education and Research Lab.

Dr. Travis and colleague Rafael Cordero from TXST Upward Bound for their recent award by the Department of Education for $80,000 to establish a STEAM Education and Research Lab which will explore how “Music engagement facilitates health development, reduce depression and anxiety, and increase academic development”

The grant is an education and research grant for "Academic Saturdays" as developed between the School of Social Work and Upward Bound. High School students will participate in eight immersive experiences to help them discover the latest in what research has uncovered in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students will have instant access to create and discover via music and music technology but focused on in-depth themes for each workshop. Music/art plus the four major themes of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEAM) have subthemes across the eight workshops. Each will be conducted twice with slightly more advanced objectives for the second workshops:

  1. Science: Quantitative and Qualitative Scientific Methods through Music [The Art of Science]
  2. Technology: Music Technology and Music Production [The Science of Noise]
  3. Engineering: [Design and Precision within Music]
  4. Math: Trends, Statistics, and Disparity through Music and Math [Hidden Figures of Disparity]

Multiple lab functions:

  1. Learning labs for academic education primary *
  2. Learning labs – like music education for musicians as primary (e.g., Hip Hop Congress)
  3. Learning labs for MH instructors for helping professionals as primary (e.g., HHSJ Class)
  4. Health Promotion and Interventions – Group (i.e., small group)
  5. Health Promotion and Interventions – Individual (i.e., one-on-one)
  6. Basic research – Small Experimental Designs



Click the link below to watch a video about the grant