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GM Keeps TAME Programs on the Road with $10K

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 The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner General Motors Foundation has generously awarded $10,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The funding will support the TAME Trailblazers, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to students across the Lonestar state. The funding will also support TAME's annual STEM Competitions, which celebrate achievement in math, science, and engineering. Students and chaperones pay no fee to participate thanks to sponsorships like this. TAME is grateful to the GM Foundation for helping build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Join the GM Foundation in making a difference. Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help make sure TAME programs stay free for all Texas students.

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Tocker Foundation Drives Summer STEM Learning with $50K

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 The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that the Tocker Foundation has generously awarded $50,000 to drive summer learning for Texas students in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The funding will make it possible for TAME's Trailblazer science-on-wheels program to travel to small and rural libraries across Texas this summer. TAME received a record-breaking number of applications for the 2017 Science Rocks! Summer Library Program: exactly 100 libraries applied to receive a visit from the Trailblazer museum.

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ConocoPhillips Strengthens Texas STEM Education Pipeline with $80K Grant

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner ConocoPhillps has generously awarded $80,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The funding will support a variety of programs, such as STEM Competitions, TAME Scholarships, and Trailblazer mobile science museums. We are grateful to ConocoPhillips for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Join ConocoPhillips in making a difference. Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help make sure TAME programs stay free for all Texas students.

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Shell Fuels STEM Education with $75K Grant

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 The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner Shell Oil Company has generously awarded $75,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The funding will support the TAME Trailblazers, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to students across the Lonestar state. We are grateful to Shell for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Join Shell in making a difference. Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help make sure TAME programs stay free for all Texas students.

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TAME's Dallas Chapter Chair Receives Award

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(Dallas, Texas) On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Tarrant County College presented Maurine Amend, the Chair of TAME's Dallas Chapter, with the Outstanding Community Partner Award in recognition of her outstanding work and involvement with the campus and the community.


"I feel so appreciated and humbled by this honor from TCC," said Maurine. "It meant that my efforts are recognized and appreciated by those who put their trust and faith in me to help serve our students, who are indeed our future."

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Texas Students Win Big at STEM Competition

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Students from Engineering Design Challenge Team 33, "Three Musketeers," won the Special Award for Creativity at the 2017 State STEM Competition in San Antonio, Texas. The six team members represented six different TAME Chapters: Amarillo, Dallas, East Texas, Gulf Coast (Houston), Lubbock, and Wichita Falls. In alphabetical order: Andrea Ruedas, Markalen Watson, Joseph Nagera, Ashley Evans, Gabriela Garcia, and Jann Cabudoy. 

La Villita Historic District Welcomes Wind Turbines (Temporarily)

 

(San Antonio, TX) – La Villita Assembly Building in San Antonio’s historic Riverwalk district welcomes all kinds of crowds, from sports fans to wedding parties. On Saturday, April 8th, 2017, however, the building played host to something new: wind turbines.
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2017 T-Shirt Design Contest Winners

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Winners Announced for Boeing "Behind the Next Big Thing" T-Shirt Design Contest


(Austin, TX) The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering is pleased to announce the winner of the Boeing “Behind the Next Big Thing” T Shirt Design Contest for the 32nd Annual TAME State STEM Competition. TAME students across Texas submitted a record number of entries, impressing judges with artistic creativity and design.

Congratulations to Siddhant Puranik of TAME's Gulf Coast Chapter! Mr. Puranik of the T&T TAME Club is the first student from the Gulf Coast Chapter to win the contest in five years. He will receive a special invitation to the State STEM Competition on April 8th, hosted by CPS Energy at La Villita Assembly Building. At State Mr. Puranik will be presented with a $100 prize and a gift from our sponsor Boeing. His design will be unveiled on the day of the event, where it will be featured on the t-shirts, event programs and other materials that will be distributed to hundreds of participants. 
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Volunteer at the 2017 State STEM Competition

How many engineers does it take to launch a career in aeronautics?   Sometimes it just takes one. Volunteer at the 2017 State STEM Competition and help Texas students take off!

How many engineers does it take to launch a career in aeronautics?

Sometimes it just takes one.

Volunteer at the 2017 State STEM Competition and help Texas students take off!

The 2017 State STEM Competition is right around the corner, and we're calling all San Antonio-area engineers and other STEM professionals to join in. Competition volunteers play a critical role in the competition experience. Not only do they help the event run smoothly, they show kids what engineers (and geologists and pre-med students and biologists and mathematicians) look like in real life.
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Bring a Boeing-sponsored Family STEM Event to your community! Applications due 3/21.

Bring a Boeing-sponsored Family STEM Event to your community! 

"It was science, but it was AWESOME." That's what one elementary student said after leaving the Trailblazer, the STEM-museum-on-wheels that's a big part of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME)'s mission to connect Texas students to careers in STEM.

The truth is, a lot of kids aren't quite as excited about science as we are.... at least, not yet. The hands-on exhibits on the Trailblazer are designed to get kids thinking about science and other STEM fields in a new way, and encourage them to think of themselves as computer whizzes, astronauts, cardiologists, and much more.
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Super Bowl Science Brings 12,000 Visitors to Trailblazer

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Football aside, there was lots to do at Super Bowl Live, a 10-day event held at Discovery Green in downtown Houston: the event offered family-friendly exhibits, performances, food, and a virtual reality trip to Mars. Even in this context, the Trailblazer, a mobile science museum, got a lot of attention.

Thanks to support from Raytheon, the Trailblazer, a flagship program of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), welcomed visitors for all 10 days of the event. Over 12,000 people stepped onboard (a few at a time!) to explore the Trailblazer’s hands-on exhibits on space, aeronautics, weather, energy, and biotechnology.

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You boost activity in our temporal cortex.

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You boost activity in our right anterior superior temporal cortex.

You really do. And that's not all. Neurologically speaking, we're only just starting to understand how gratitude affects the brain, but studies show strong correlations between feelings of gratitude and benefits to both interpersonal relationships and mental health. Expressing gratitude helps us each to strengthen social bonds and to build community.
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Boeing Supports Diversity in STEM with $100K

Boeing Supports Students in STEM with $100K - For more than a decade, Boeing has been a stalwart supporter of the programs and other STEM education initiatives offered by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME). This year, we thank Boeing for a generous $100,000 donation, which will go miles—literally—towards bringing STEM experiences like the TAME Trailblazer to communities all across Texas.


For more than a decade, Boeing has been a stalwart supporter of the programs and other STEM education initiatives offered by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME). This year, we thank Boeing for a generous $100,000 donation, which will go miles—literally—towards bringing STEM experiences like the TAME Trailblazer to communities all across Texas.

Are we thankful? You bet! TAME’s industry partners support our educational programs because they know the value of a diverse, job-ready, local workforce. A workforce that looks like Texas—with a diverse range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, birthplaces, gender, worldviews, and skillsets—is a workforce that is ready to address any challenge and solve any problem. As we’ve noted elsewhere, workforce diversity benefits employers: according to recent research, for example, mixed-gender teams achieve 40% more patents than all-male teams, while gender diversity at the management level results in a $42 million increase in the value of S&P 500 firms.

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Today's Investment in Tomorrow's Workforce

Today's Investment in Tomorrow's Workforce


"GENEROSITY BREEDS OPPORTUNITY. For 30 years, TAME has conducted an annual competition where students from all across Texas compete in a math test, a science test and an engineering design challenge. Last year, the Sundt Foundation made a $3,300 grant to help send 300 TAME students and 75 chaperones to the competition in San Antonio, free of cost. Corporate donations, such as this one, open up new opportunities to TAME students. In the case of the San Antonio competition, some students would not have been able to participate due to financial barriers."
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Halliburton Awards $15K for STEM Competitions

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner Halliburton has generously awarded $15,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The funding will support annual STEM Competitions, which celebrate achievement in math, science, and engineering. Students and chaperones pay no fee to participate thanks to sponsorships like this.


The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner Halliburton has generously awarded $15,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The funding will support annual STEM Competitions, which celebrate achievement in math, science, and engineering. Students and chaperones pay no fee to participate thanks to sponsorships like this.

Join Halliburton in making a difference. Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help make sure TAME programs stay free for all Texas students.

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40 Years and a Formula for STEM Equity

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Today, September 27, 2016, marks the 40-year anniversary of TAME’s work to strengthen female and minority participation in STEM careers. As we celebrate with all of you, we want to present you with some numbers: numbers that show how far we’ve come, and numbers that show how far we still have to go.

In 1978, Austin magazine provided a snapshot of the times with the article TAME Boosts Minority Students Into the Engineering FieldAlthough Hispanic, African-American, and Native Americans comprised 17% of the United State's total population, they represented less than 3% of the STEM workforce. Of all the civil engineers in the United States, 1.3% were female.

 
"Paradoxically, our country needs more engineers, but is not taking advantage of the engineering potential of its minority citizens... Texas industry and education have united to launch a unique state-wide attack on the problem. The unusual partnership is called Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME)." The full article was reprinted in that year's Annual Report.

Forty years on, how are we doing? About 6% of today's STEM workforce is Hispanic, 6% is African-American, and 25% is female. The percentage of female civil engineers has risen to 12.7%.

Have we made progress? Absolutely. Is it enough? Not even close. Workforce diversity benefits everyone: according to recent research, mixed gender teams achieve 40% more patents than all-male teams, while gender diversity at the management level results in a $42 million increase in the value of S&P 500 firms.
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Rackspace Awards $15K to Bring Trailblazer to “Magnificent 7”

Rackspace Awards $15K to Bring Trailblazer to “Magnificent 7”
“It was science, but it was AWESOME!” “If I don’t make it to the NBA, I will become an engineer.” How do you get kids excited about science as they are about, say, basketball? In its mission to launch the next generation of STEM professionals, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) uses all kinds of tools -- from scotch tape, eggs, and the occasional rocket to professional development resources and mentoring programs. Together, TAME programs form an education-to-employment pipeline that guides students from elementary school through high school completion and on to higher education and careers in STEM. TAME is pleased to announce that Rackspace has awarded $15,000 to help bring the TAME Trailblazer mobile STEM museum to six elementary and middle schools in San Antonio. The chosen schools are part of the ‘Magnificent 7’ neighborhood schools around the Rackspace San Antonio headquarters. The TAME Trailblazers  travel to...
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STEM Investments: A win-win for Texas competitiveness and our communities

STEM Investments: A win-win for Texas competitiveness and our communities


How does a kid from Baytown end up working on the spacecraft that will take us to Mars?
 
“Education.”
 
That’s what a Boeing engineer – and Baytown native – said to a group of students in Texas. And we could not agree more.
 
Our future engineers, scientists and leaders are sitting in classrooms all across Texas right now, and challenging, satisfying jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are abundant and growing. But there’s a gap between these students and STEM opportunities. How do we bring students from the inner cities, struggling suburbs and border towns and from a diverse range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, into the education-to-employment pipeline?

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Permian Basin Area Foundation Awards $12,500 for STEM Learning

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce that the Permian Basin Area Foundation has generously awarded $12,500 to empower students in the Permian Basin to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The grant will support the TAME Trailblazers, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to students at five locations in the Permian Basin area of West Texas. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.
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TAME, Partners Awarded $1.24M NASA Space Education Grant

TAME is proud to partner with the WEX Foundation, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), San Antonio Pre-freshman Engineering Program (SA PREP), the Challenger Learning Center/Scobee Education Center, Steuck & Associates, and with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to develop Space-STEM education projects.   The $1.24M grant awarded to the team by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be used to develop a

TAME is proud to partner with the WEX Foundation, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), San Antonio Pre-freshman Engineering Program (SA PREP), the Challenger Learning Center/Scobee Education Center, Steuck & Associates, and with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to develop Space-STEM education projects.

The $1.24M grant awarded to the team by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be used to develop a "Lunar Caves Analog Test Sites (LCATS)" program for science investigations, space exploration mission operations, technology development, and habitability system architectures for Space STEM learning performance.

This is one of nine informal education programs in seven states selected by NASA to help inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers. TAME students will participate in the LCATS program, and a new comic book in the TAME Science Squad™ series will be published as part of the project. For more information, see NASA's press release.
 
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TAME Scholarship Winners Announced for 2016

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We are excited to announce the winners of our 2016 TAME Scholarships.

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