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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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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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Divisional STEM Competitions: Schedules & Practice Tests

Divisional STEM Competitions: Schedules & Practice Tests


New Practice Tests for Divisionals

Why is TAME switching to tests by grade level? Where are the practice tests that were listed by subject? As we announced earlier this year, TAME's Divisional and State STEM Competitions are evolving to better meet the needs of our participants. One big change that you’ll see in competitions this spring is the new individual test format.  Read more about how the new test format works in our blog post, New Test Format for STEM Competitions.

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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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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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Texas Students Shine at 31st Annual State STEM Competition

The 31st annual State STEM Competition for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) was sponsored by Boeing and held at the Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus on Saturday, April 30, 2016.


(San Antonio, TX) – The 31st annual State STEM Competition for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) was sponsored by Boeing and held at the Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

The event, offered free of cost to participants, brought together 283 high-achieving students from across Texas, who traveled 7,174 miles to compete. TAME students from grades 6-12 qualified to attend the State STEM Competition at Divisional events hosted by the Chapters. This year's Divisional STEM Competition season saw a record-breaking number of participants1,548 students competing across 13 different chapters. View Divisional results here.
 
At the State level, students competed in individual, timed math and science tests and in teams for an engineering design challenge. The top five students in each test received awards. The top five teams in the engineering design challenge were also recognized. In addition, three teams received special awards for design, creativity and teamwork. All winners were honored with trophies or medals and all participants received a variety of door prizes and giveaways thanks to generous sponsorships. View State results here.
 
One student, Lily Hernandez of the Lubbock Chapter, received the Outstanding Student Award sponsored by Shell Oil Company. Another student, Eunsuh Cho of the Capital Area Chapter, received recognition and $100 for winning the Boeing "Build Something Better" T-Shirt Design Contest. 

“Long-term engagement really does make a difference for students,” said TAME’s Executive Director, Savita Raj. “TAME’s afterschool clubs and STEM Competitions have been encouraging students to explore college and careers in STEM for almost 40 years. The clubs and competitions have an immediate impact and a life-long impact. It’s wonderful when a student says 'I’m seeing my future' at the end of a STEM Competition, and it’s wonderful that 100% of the high-school seniors at the STEM Competitions plan to go to college this year.”

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Inspire Students at April 30th STEM Competition

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TAME students need your help! On Saturday, April 30th, 2016, 300 high-achieving students from across Texas will participate in TAME’s 31st annual State STEM Competition. The event will take place at Texas A&M University-San Antonio .   Come join the fun and connect with the next generation of scientists and engineers as they show off their skills in math and science, and solve real-world engineering problems with teamwork and determination. See more about TAME's annual STEM Competitions .   You can help spark a love for STEM and inspire students to see themselves in a career that could change the world. Sign up today!   Primary sign-up for most volunteers: Volunteer Sign Up Boeing employees, please sign up through TechSoup here: Boeing Volunteer Sign Up If your employer uses Benevity, please sign up here: Benevity Sign Up

Day-of-Event Volunteers Needed Across Texas

Day-of-Event Volunteers Needed Across Texas
Students across Texas need your help to compete in TAME's 30th annual Divisional Math and Science Competitions  (now known as STEM competitions), which are taking place in chapters around the state on January 31, February 7, and February 28. Your help will contribute to a successful event where students can compete in math, science, and unique engineering team design challenges. Experiences like these build confidence and can spark a love for STEM that often inspires students to pursue life-changing careers. In our 2014 Divisionals, 100% of our seniors said they were going to college. Out of those, 90% said they planned to major in STEM. We need your help to make a difference in the lives of these students. Some of the potential roles: Test Proctors Design Challenge Judges Greeters Check in and set up assistance Floaters Photographers TAME chapters host competitions around the state to reach as many students as...
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Volunteer's View: Out of the Box and Shaping the Future

Volunteer's View: Out of the Box and Shaping the Future
"I was really proud to be a part of the TAME effort, to encourage kids when they're young and possibly be a part of a memory that influenced their moving along in a good direction." John L. is a Boeing employee who recently shared his STEM expertise as a volunteer docent on the Trailblazer. What's it like to be a Trailblazer docent? The trailer that you all are using was really well done (quality work), and a very comfortable environment for handling so many kids and adults. All of the stations were fully functional and interesting in terms of relevant/current technological interests. Mr. Willis was great to talk with; he's very knowledgeable and made every one of us feel comfortable in presenting the stations. Also, I never heard any comments from the children or the teachers – all were enthusiastic and awe-inspired by the displays. Supporting this just started as...
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