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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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Super Bowl Science Brings 12,000 Visitors to Trailblazer

Super Bowl Science Brings 12,000 Visitors to Trailblazer  #DrivingSTEM #LonestarSTEM #SuperBowl2017

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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Trailblazer Delivers 10 Days of Science at Superbowl

Trailblazer Delivers 10 Days of Science at Superbowl
What gives Martellus Bennett an awesome touchdown advantage? SCIENCE. What gives Matt Ryan a lift? SCIENCE. From torque to velocity, football is as much about physics as it is about winning. Find your own SUPERBOWL SCIENCE this weekend and all week long at the Trailblazer traveling STEM museum! Thanks to support from Raytheon , TAME will be bringing STEM to the Super Bowl for all 10 days of the Super Bowl Live Event, January 28th - February 5th. Find the Trailblazer at Discovery Green in downtown Houston, along with many other free, family-friendly exhibits, performances, food, and a 90-foot tall virtual reality trip to Mars! See more on the Superbowl Live event page: Read More Look up schedule & directions to Discovery Green: Read More Physics are such a key player in football that NBC Learn created a 10 part series on the subject! Find out how professional athletes use...
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Mobile museum generates science interest at Pine Tree

Mobile museum generates science interest at Pine Tree #STEM #DrivingSTEM
"Today was really, really fun. It was a great experience," said eighth-grader Holly James, who said she wants to pursue a career in health science. "We learned about all types of electricity and how stuff works in space and how the weather men and women do their jobs." From our East Texas Chapter Chair, Cyndi Nyvall: "What an awesome day learning with kids! I love my partnership with TAME and all it offers our students. Thank you to those who volunteered their time today to make this happen!" Read the full story from the Longview News-Journal : Read More Schedule your own Trailblazer experience: tame.org/trailblazer Join TAME in making a difference: tame.org/donate #DrivingSTEM #LonestarSTEM #STEM #Texas

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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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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Former TAME Student Wins 2nd in World with Engineering Project

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Congratulations to former TAME student Sai Sameer Pusapaty! For the second time, he won 2nd place in the world in Environmental Engineering at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-collegiate science competition, so Sameer's project was one among 1,330 others from over 70 other countries and territories. The photo above shows him with Austin Mayor Adler, Principal Crescenzi of Liberal Arts Science Academy, and TAME teacher Alison Earnhart. (Photo credit to Earnhart and LASA.)
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See the Action from 2016 State STEM Competition

Award winners from the 31st annual State STEM Competition on April 30, 2016.

See all the action from this weekend's 31st annual State STEM Competition, sponsored by Boeing and hosted at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Thanks for everyone who tweeted the day's events with us!
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TAME Board Member's BEYA Acceptance Speech




"Service is inextricably woven into the tapestry of my life," says engineer and TAME Board Member Tamara Crawford, during her acceptance speech at the 2016 BEYA STEM Conference. "My joy is inspiring youth through STEM."

TAME is proud to recognize Tamara, who won the Special Recognition award at the 2016 BEYA STEM Conference. Recognition from BEYA is one of the most prestigious and competitive honors in science, engineering, and technology management.

In the award's 30-year history, thousands of America's most creative and innovative professionals have been nominated for this nationally recognized honor. With that said, less than 1000 individuals have achieved the distinction of being a BEYA honoree. 

During her acceptance speech, Tamara shared her story of deciding to become an engineer in eighth grade, and how she traveled to Texas to work for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. 

"So I set out with no job, family, interview, or connections, and with only $292 in my pocket. Fast forward 13 years, and here I am." Tamara credits her parents with teaching her that all things are possible.

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TAME Board Member Honored with BEYA

TAME Board Member Tamara Crawford was recently honored with Black Engineer of the Year Award. Crawford is a Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Advanced Technical Leadership Program Senior, currently assigned as Lead Systems Engineer for the F-22 Raptor overseeing shutdown execution. Crawford is a is an active mentor to girls ages 8-18 and played a critical role in overseeing TAME's 2015 State Math and Science Competition, for which Lockheed Martin Aeronautics was the Host and Presenting Sponsor.
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TAME is proud to recognize Board Member Tamara Crawford, who won the Special Recognition award at the 2016 BEYA STEM Conference. Recognition from BEYA is one of the most prestigious and competitive honors in science, engineering, and technology management.

In the award's 30-year history, thousands of America's most creative and innovative professionals have been nominated for this nationally recognized honor. With that said, less than 1000 individuals have achieved the distinction of being a BEYA honoree. 
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Trailblazer Delivers Science to 2,000 Port Arthur Students

TAME Trailblazer Delivers Science to 2,000 Port Arthur Students
An eighth grade student tries her luck as a meteorologist in front of a green screen at the weather station in the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering Trailblazer at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Port Arthur. Photo credit to The Port Arthur News.


"Playing hooky has never been so electrifying," writes The Port Arthur News in a story about a recent 10-day Trailblazer visit to the Golden Triangle region of Texas. 

"Tavian Gipson's first shot at the electric ball was tentative — timid, even — but he said that initial "jolt" got him hooked."

"'My body is a conductor,' Gipson said, smiling at his classmates."

Gipson was one of 2,000 students who benefited from this innovative, mobile STEM engagement program run by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering, or TAME. The visit to Abraham Lincoln Middle School was sponsored by Motiva, working in partnership with other Port Arthur refineries and petrochemical companies via the Port Arthur Industrial Group. Motiva engineers and technicians volunteered in the Trailblazer to help students relate to science as career opportunities. 
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Trailblazer Brings Science to Summer Camp in Austin

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Trailblazer I rolled through Austin today at Decker Middle School as part of a summer program of United Way for Greater Austin, that focuses on preventing summer learning loss. Local media came out to get a closer look at the hands-on science exhibits and see what a difference they would make for the middle school students. Many thanks to Fox 7 News Austin and Tania Ortega for your coverage of our programs and the work we do to promote diversity in STEM careers.
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Trailblazer Brings the Future to Graham, Texas

6 yr old Brayden Nall at Robotic Arm Exhibit of TAME's Trailblazer Mobile Science Museum at the Library of Graham, Photo by Brian Rash of GrahamLeader
Brayden Nall, 6, of Graham, manipulates a surgical simulation program with joysticks Tuesday morning. (Brian Rash)

TAME's Trailblazer II mobile science museum made headlines in the Graham Leader this weekend with a recent visit to the Library of Graham. Featured front and center is a photograph of a six-year-old boy completing a successful surgery with the Trailblazer's Robotic Arm exhibit in the Bio-Technology area. The student "seemed calm, even upbeat and smiling, as his patient’s health hung in the balance. Several other local kids watched him maneuver high-tech hand controls as he guided the surgical process through a video feed. And suddenly, for whatever reason, they all started laughing."

Studies show that hands-on activities boost learning and comprehension, which is why the Trailblazer museums are designed around interactive exhibits like the one used by the student in the article.
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TAME Students Recognized for Success at State

6th Grade TAME Student Ethan Garcia Launches Airship in Engineering Design Challenge at State Math and Science Competition, While Lockheed Martin Engineer Judges
6th grade TAME student Ethan Garcia launches an airship in the Engineering Design Challenge at TAME's 30th State Math and Science Competition, while a Lockheed Martin Engineer judges the design's performance and teammates from Beaumont, Amarillo, and West Texas look on in excitement.

Eleven TAME Students from the Capital Area Chapter were recently recognized for their First Place achievements at the 2015 TAME State Math and Science Competition (now known as STEM competitions) at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth. Read the full story on Round Rock ISD's blog.

If you think this challenge looks like fun, you're in luck! For the first time, TAME has released the competition documents for our State Engineering Team Design Challenge. Download them here, 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 Students Build Little Free Library That's Out of This World

TAME Students Build Little Free Library That's Out of This World

TAME Students are unveiling their very own handmade Little Free Library today at the UTPB STEM Academy in TAME's West Texas Chapter. This is no ordinary DIY project, though. Made from recycled materials, their library was modeled after the Star Wars character R2D2 and towers over its young inventors at an impressive height of six feet. For you Star Wars fans out there, that's barely a foot shorter than the average Wookie.

"Students were directly involved in every step of the build," says TAME Club Sponsor and teacher Jeff Vann, known to his students as "Mr. Vann, Science Man." For Vann, the circle is now complete. He learned about STEM from a TAME Club in his youth. Now he is the teacher.
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Trailblazer Makes Front-Page News

Trailblazer Makes Front-Page News
TAME's Trailblazer II mobile science museum made front-page news in the Sunday edition of the Polk County Enterprise . "SCIENCE ROCKS" reads the headline, beneath a photo of three students grinning as they interact with the Van de Graaff Generator exhibit. Volunteers like Patricia Snook of the Livingston Municipal Library help the students connect with the hands-on exhibits, and are a critical part of the program's success.  We are grateful to the sponsors of this visit,  The Brown Foundation, Inc. and T.L.L. Temple Foundation for sparking students' excitement in science.  To learn more about how to schedule a "field trip in a box" for your very own school or community, please visit TAME's Trailblazer page or contact the TAME State Headquarters.
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