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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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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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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

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"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

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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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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Time Warner Cable Sponsors Trailblazer Visits in South Texas

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering thanks Time Warner Cable and Connect a Million Minds for making it possible for our Trailblazer mobile science museum to visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV and the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas Annual Gathering. We appreciate your volunteers helping the students get excited with the hands-on ‪STEM‬ exhibits. "Thank you to Time Warner Cable for making this an exciting afternoon for our members!" wrote the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RVG.  
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3M Awards $20,000 for STEM Learning in Greater Austin Area

3M Awards $20,000 to TAME for Trailblazer Visits to Central Texas

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce that partner 3M has generously awarded a $20,000 grant to empower Texan students 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 schools in the greater Austin area. 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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Tocker Foundation Drives Summer STEM Learning

The Tocker foundation drives summer STEM learning by delivering the Trailblazer experience to students at small and rural libraries across Texas.


Every year, the TAME Trailblazers travel over 20,000 miles and bring the excitement of STEM to over 20,000 Texas students. And thanks to a generous donation of $70,000 from the Tocker Foundation, we're really going places! The Tocker Foundation will make it possible for the Trailblazer science-on-wheels units to visit 40 small and rural libraries across Texas this summer.

“We loved having the Trailblazer," wrote Wendy Turner, Director of the Pilot Point Community Library. The Tocker Foundation brought the Trailblazer to her north Texas library in summer of 2015. "Visits to the library were way up that day and all the children who went through the museum had a wonderful time. I want to thank you again for choosing the Pilot Point Community Library to visit. It was an amazing program and I know the children (and adults) who went through it learned so much." 

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Call for Applications - Boeing Sponsored Family STEM Events

The Trailblazers don’t just show kids the moon—they show them how to get there. Schedule your own Trailblazer experience: http://www.tame.org/programs/trailblazer

Somewhere in the Texas Panhandle, there’s a student who wants to be the first woman on Mars. Somewhere on the Gulf Coast, there’s a child who really loves bugs. Somewhere in the Valley, there’s a kid who dreams in pixels. 

The TAME Traiblazers connect students like these to STEM concepts and real-life educational and career tracks. Every year, our science-museums-on-wheels travel more than 20,000 miles, delivering hands-on STEM excitement and inspiration to over 20,000 kids in communities across Texas.

Where will the Trailblazers travel next? You can help decide! Boeing recently awarded funding to help Texas schools invest in their community by hosting a Family STEM Event. Applications for this unique mini-grant opportunity are now open, and we invite you to apply before the deadline of 5pm on Friday, April 15th, 2016.

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Raytheon Funds Truck for Trailblazer Program

Raytheon delivers hands on science to students across Texas by helping purchase a truck for TAME's innovative Trailblazer program.

Texas is big: 269,000 square miles, from the plains of the Panhandle to the shores of the Gulf and down to the Rio Grande in the south. Thanks to funding from Raytheon, the TAME Trailblazer rolling science-on-wheels units can offer consistent STEM programs to students anywhere in Texas.

“The morning that the Trailblazer was parked in our parking lot, I saw so many parents interested in what was going on that it was the talk for days…the students glowed with excitement.  When they went inside the trailer you can see their eyes light up.”  --TAME teacher, South Texas

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Congressman Hurd and TAME Trailblazer Visit Fort Stockton Middle School

Congressman Hurd and TAME Trailblazer Visit Fort Stockton Middle School to celebrate Boeing Award of $100K to Celebrate 100 Years of Innovation

Students at Fort Stockton Middle School are preparing for a day of exciting visits to their 8th Grade STEM Day. Congressman William Hurd (R-TX23) will attend the event on Friday, December 4th, held in recognition of The Boeing Company’s contribution to STEM education in Texas. Students will also be welcomed aboard the TAME Trailblazer, a unique traveling science museum-on-wheels.

Congressman Hurd, whose district includes many of Texas’ strongest oil and gas production areas, is a strong proponent of STEM education, and his participation in this event highlights the boom of STEM industries in Texas. The event also celebrates Boeing’s generous support of STEM programs, including a partnership with The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) to provide Family STEM Night events centered on the TAME Trailblazer.
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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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