This past summer, six Lake Travis High School students participated in the Girls Go CyberStart competition. Over 11,000 female students from 27 states participated in the event. The LTHS team—LT CyberCavs—placed in the top 50. LTHS senior Emily Padilla was selected to receive a $500 college scholarship for her performance.
Girls Go CyberStart is a series of online interactive challenges designed to empower girls across the country to become the next leaders in cyber security. Encouraging young women to learn about STEM careers has also become a priority for local legislators as evidenced by the passing of Texas House Bill 3435 which designates March 1 as ‘Texas Girls in STEM Day.’
Science, technology engineering and math—better known as STEM education—is vital to careers of the future as the world becomes more dependent on technological innovation. All Lake Travis high school students take take science and math as part of their required curriculum. Clubs, such as Chick Tech and CyberPatriots, also encourage students to participate in STEM activities throughout the school year.
The following STEM courses are offered at Lake Travis ISD:
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, AP courses in Bio, Chem, Physics 1 & 2, Physics C, & Environmental Science. Anatomy & Physiology, Aquatic Science, Science Research and Design for Chemistry, OnRamps* Physics, Forensic Science, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Pathophysiology, Science Research and Design for STEM, Health Science, Health Science Practicum, Pharmacology
Technology: A/V Production I & II; Business Information Management; Graphic Design & Illustration; and Digital Media
Engineering: Intro to Engineering Design; Principles of Engineering; Civil Engineering and Architecture; Digital Electronics; Engineering Design & Development; Robotics; Architectural Design I; Fundamentals of Computer Science; AP Computer Science Principles; AP Computer Science; Computer Science Advanced Honors; OnRamps Computer Science; Principles of Cybersecurity; Ag Mechanics and Metal Technologies; Welding I; and Agriculture Power Systems
Math: Financial Mathematics; Algebra; Geometry; Algebra II; Pre-Cal; AP Calculus AB and BC AP; AP Statistics; Multivariable Calculus; Linear Algebra; OnRamps Pre-Cal; OnRamps College Algebra; OnRamps Statistics; and ACC College Algebra Dual-Credit
*OnRamps are dual enrollment, credit courses with the University of Texas, Austin credit.
Enrollment at Lake Travis High School for 2019-2020 is comprised of approximately 1390 female students and 1519 male students. LTHS has 386 females and 933 males enrolled in technology and engineering courses. Enrollment in computer science courses are approximately 29% female students and 71% male students, or roughly 164 female students and 402 male students.