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TAME Engineering Adventure: Wrecking Crew

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Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you engineering activities that will help you challenge your TAME Club students with hands-on learning. 

Take it to pieces! This month's Adventure demystifies devices by taking them down to their (still sometimes mysterious) component parts. It's a classic way to help your students build confidence and think like problem-solving engineers.

Students can take apart all kinds of devices -- from clocks (easy) to laptops (intermediate) to toaster ovens (difficult) to cars (expert) – and then try to put them back together. This month we're offering suggestions on how to tackle this kind of project with your own TAME Club. It's a great way to get your Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.
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TAME Engineering Adventure: Mars Rover State Challenge

TAME Engineering Adventure: Mars Rover State Challenge

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity and one practice competition activity) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This January's Engineering Adventure is to design and build a Mars Rover! This was the 2013 State Engineering Design Challenge, and we’ve adapted it here for the classroom. It's a great way to get your TAME Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.

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TAME Engineering Adventure: Stunt Plane State Challenge

TAME Engineering Adventure: Stunt Plane State Challenge

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity and one practice competition activity) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This November's Engineering Adventure is to design and build stunt planes! We provide warmup ideas for designing classic paper airplanes. Next we share the 2014 State Competition Engineering Design Challenge! It’s perfect for a pre-Divisional warm-up. 

It's a great way to get your TAME Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.

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TAME Engineering Adventure: Crane Challenge

TAME Engineering Adventure: Crane Challenge!

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity and one practice competition activity) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This October's Engineering Adventure is to construct a crane! We provide a terrific video from Curiosity Machine, which stars a Latina engineer illustrating both a simple crane and a complex crane with pulleys and a crank. Next we share the 2012 State Competition Engineering Design Challenge! It’s perfect for a pre-Divisional warm-up. 

It's a great way to get your Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.

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TAME Engineering Adventure: Paper Tower

TAME Engineering Adventure: Paper Tower Challenge! This is a classic challenge, and a great way to teach kids of any age about collaboration, experimentation, and the value of learning from others.
Above, left: two students from the class of teacher and blogger Mr. Goldstein show off their tallest tower in their own version of the paper tower challenge. Top middle: students from the class of teacher and blogger Katy Kiser took a sculptor's approach to the challenge. Top right: another group from Katy Kiser's class drew on the strength of triangles to build their tower. Bottom middle: engineering students at Wisconsin Lutheran College build a 3D art project to study forces of tension and compression. Bottom right: a load-bearing paper structure made with paper and tape, described on Marci Goodwin's blog The Home School Scientist.

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity and one practice competition activity) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This September’s Engineering Adventure is a classic challenge, and a great way to teach kids of any age about collaboration, experimentation, and the value of learning from others. 

It's incredibly simple and affordable, too! You only need some sheets of scratch paper or index cards and a flat surface. We've got tips, tricks, and even TEKS lined up for this adventure. It's a great way to get your Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.
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TAME Engineering Adventure: Building with Biomimicry

TAME Engineering Adventure: Biomimicry! A hands-on activity challenging middle school and high school students to build robot hands and flowers, to think like biologists and biomedical engineers!
Above, left: a robotic hand from the ScienceBuddies.org project Grasping With Straws. Above, top middle: Muscles of the Hand and Wrist, by Elisa Shorn, circa 1900, shared with a Creative Commons License by Heidelberg University. Above, top right: a robotic flower from the Curiosity Machine project Build a Blooming Flower. Above, bottom right: Hibiscus at Zilker Botanical Garden, shared with a Creative Commons License by Anne Swoboda.

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (one for middle school, one for high school) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

Looking for ways to incorporate engineering projects into your biology or science class? Great news! Animals, plants, and microbes are nature's engineers, and whenever human scientists, inventors, and engineers build on their designs they are participating in biomimicry.

From the Biomimicry Institute, "Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul."

This month's Engineering Adventure are a perfect fit for hands-on learning in Biology class and challenging TAME Club members to think creatively in preparation for our Divisional and STEM Competitions.

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TAME Engineering Adventure: Oh, the Suspense!

TAME Engineering Adventure: Oh, the Suspense! A hands-on activity challenging middle school and high school students to build bridges and think like civil engineers!
Above, left: the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, infamous for its collapse under high winds. Above, top right: a suspension bridge activity from Scientific American. Above, bottom right: a Warren truss bridge built with Popsicle sticks and a Howe truss bridge built with straws, from ScienceBuddies.org.

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (one for middle school, one for high school) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

Most days, we don't think too much about bridges, but with the recent Texas floods, we're all the more aware of the important work that engineers do to design bridges and other infrastructure that can withstand extraordinary conditions. In this adventure, your students will practice building their own bridges, and maybe even engineer a solution that will carry future Texans to safety.
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TAME Engineering Adventure: Jet Powered State Challenge

Ready, Set, Go! Jet-Powered Blimp Design Challenge for TAME's Engineering Adventure
Students prepare to launch their jet powered blimp under the watchful eyes of a State Engineering Design Challenge Judge, a professional engineer from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the Host and Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 TAME State Math and Science Competition.

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you engineering activities that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This month’s challenge flies to your classroom from the State STEM Competition and will provide a fun challenge for both middle and high school students. To see how State competitors stepped up to the challenge, click here.

Ready, Set, Go! Jet-Powered Blimp Design Challenge 
For the very first time, TAME is releasing the competition documents for our State Engineering Team Design Challenge. Group your students into teams and have them assign roles like real engineers, then follow our instructions in a timed competition.
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TAME Engineering Adventure: Wind Power

TAME Engineering Adventure: Wind Power
Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (one for middle school, one for high school) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

For this blustery spring, we've picked two wind-powered adventures so awesome, they are sure to blow your students away!
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TAME Engineering Adventure: Valentine's Day

TAME Engineering Adventure: Valentine's Day
Welcome to the first installment of TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we will strive to bring you two engineering activities (one for middle school, one for high school) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This month we've picked two sweet adventures, which your students are sure to love!
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