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TAME Scholarships Due Monday 6/8 - Don't Miss Out!

STEM Scholarships Now Open for TAME Students

TAME Scholarship applications are due Monday, June 8th!
All TAME club members heading off to college in a STEM field can win scholarships set aside just for them. Applications are due in less than a week, so urge your students to apply by Monday, June 8th!

Students submit one application to be considered for all applicable scholarships. The TAME Scholarship selection committee will review all applications and make final recommendations on the following awards:
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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 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 Scholarship Applications Now Open for 2015-2016

STEM Scholarships Now Open for TAME Students

TAME Scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 school year are now open!

Students submit one application to be considered for all applicable scholarships. The TAME Scholarship selection committee will review all applications and make final recommendations on the following awards:
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May 2015: 30th Annual State Math & Science Competition

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We've Come a Long Way Since 1985, And We're Going Even Further 

In this month’s issue, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the TAME State Math & Science Competitions.  From our beginnings in Houston in 1985 to this month’s exciting event at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics campus in Fort Worth, the Competitions have been the launchpad for thousands of brilliant careers. Read on for this year’s winners!

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Compete Like a Scientist: How to Talk To Your Students About Winning and Losing

Student competitors at TAME's 2009 State Math and Science Competition at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
"It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein 


Now that TAME’s Competition season is over, it’s a good time to talk with your students about winning and losing. In this article, we’ll explore the “growth mindset,” a simple but revolutionary approach to learning that celebrates the process of learning, rather than fixed intelligence or answers.

Great Science and Great Adventures
When it comes to STEM, being smart is great, but being curious and persistent might be even more important. In fact, not knowing something is where great science (and every great adventure) begins. For all students, but especially for under-represented minorities, learning how to fail is a necessary part of learning how to succeed. What’s more, approaching education with a “growth mindset” – a mindset that values curiosity and persistence – makes learning more fun for everyone!

Good scientists start with a question. They learn by guessing (or “hypothesizing”), by experimenting, and by failing. Question by question and guess by guess, scientists get closer to finding an answer to their original question. And once they’ve got that answer, they start all over again.

The Goal is to Fail?
“If you haven’t failed yet, you haven’t tried anything.” – Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code

In many disciplines, but especially in science or math, the goal is to fail repeatedly. Failure allows us a deeper understanding of how and why things work, or don’t. Of course, failure and the threat of failure can have serious effects. Research on stereotype threat shows that people are likely to perform poorly when they are reminded that they don’t fit the stereotype of someone successful in the field they are pursuing. It’s easy to get discouraged and give up. The students who stick with it, however, who keep asking questions even when other people give up, are the ones who become scientists and discover asteroids, design satellites, unwind the laws of physics and reveal the inner workings of the human genome.
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Midland Summer STEM Camp Seeks Students

People Builders Summer STEM Program in Midland Texas


TAME is proud to sponsor People Builders, a non-profit founded by TAME Alumna Katrieva Jones-Monroe, to bring a summer STEM camp to students in Midland, Texas this June.

People Builders Association is holding its holding its 4th annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) summer camp for middle school students at Midland College Cogdell Learning Center in Midland, Texas June 15 - June 26 from 8:00am - 5:00pm.

The STEM summer camp will give students real-world experiences in STEM education through inquiry learning. Students will attend a variety of non-credit STEM classes taught by certified teachers and college educators, in the areas of Engineering, Science, Advanced Mathematics, Code and Coding Theory, Application Design, and a variety of social activities and local field trips.
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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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Former TAME Student Becomes International Champion of STEM Education

TAME Alumna Katrieva Jones-Monroe at her 2010 Educators With A Purpose STEM Day Camp, Credit to Tim Fischer of Midland Reporter Telegram
Katrieva Jones Monroe, standing center, goes over the lesson on designing a computer flight simulator at her 2010 Educators with a Purpose day camp. Photo by Tim Fischer/Midland Reporter-Telegram.


TAME Alumna:

"TAME really built me. They gave me a solid foundation. For the first time in my life, I saw where I could fit in. I didn’t have to be an athlete participating in athletic competitions. I could be an academic competitor."


Katrieva Jones-Munroe is the Department Chair of Computer Science at Odessa College, a Fulbright Scholar, and a member of the United Nations Youth - Science & Technology Delegation in Libya. She is also a former TAME Club member.


How did you get involved with TAME?

When I was growing up, I didn’t know where I fit in. It seemed as though everyone in my community in Midland was an athlete. I thought that’s what I had to be. I tried out for cheerleading, baseball and basketball and never made the team because I was horrible.

When I was a sophomore in high school, a group of minority engineers came to our school and told us about TAME. At the time, the phrase "minorities in engineering" meant nothing to us. This was the early 90’s, before cell phones, and technology to us was a foreign concept. The TAME engineers invited us
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Results Posted for 30th Annual TAME State Math and Science Competition

TAME Students Compete in High Flying Engineering Design Challenge at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics During 2015 State Math and Science Competition


The 30th Annual TAME State Math & Science Competition was held at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics campus on Saturday, May 2nd 2015. 

The event, offered free of cost to participants, brought together 294 high-achieving students from across Texas. TAME students from grades 6-12 qualified to attend the state competition at Divisional events hosted by the Chapters. 
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GM Foundation Awards $10,000 to TAME

GM Foundation Awards $10,000 to TAME for STEM StudentsGM Foundation Awards $10,000 to TAME for STEM Students

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce a new partnership with the GM Foundation.

The $10,000 grant from the foundation will support the TAME Trailblazers, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to schools in Arlington ISD. 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 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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Join the 2015 DHDC Catapult Challenge!

Student Competitors at the DHDC Egg Drop Challenge, photo credit to Don Harrington Discovery Center
Student Competitors at the DHDC Egg Drop Challenge, photo credit to Don Harrington Discovery Center

Ready to launch your engineering career (or just throw a large object)?
Join the 2015 DHDC Catapult Challenge!

On May 11th, students in grades 5-12 are invited to try their hand at creating (and firing!) a catapult. Used in Medieval times for launching large rocks over castle walls, modern catapults have also been known to send ping-pong balls, pumpkins and other objects flying. What will you launch? Register by May 1st to find out. Registration forms and more information are available here.
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April 2015: State & All That Jazz

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A STEM Take on Poetry and Music: Electrified Haiku, Your Brain on Jazz, and 30 Years of Winners 

In this month’s issue, we honor National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, by combining the right and left brain sides of STEM: the mathematical structure behind poems, your brain’s response to rhythm, beat, and harmony, and some poetic circuitry.

As we gear up for the State Math and Science Competitions (now known as STEM competitions), we remember that STEM skills are everywhere, from the laboratory to the stage!

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30 Years of Teaching Winners

30 Years of Teaching Winners
For three decades, the TAME Math and Science Competitions (now known as STEM Competitions) have brought together talented students from across Texas to compare and share their skills in math, science, and engineering. From our early days in Houston to our 2015 event in Fort Worth, the Competition has grown by leaps and bounds, helping to launch thousands of Texas students into successful STEM careers.

TAME graduates are everywhere: helping to run the International Space Station, heading academic departments, studying medicine, and returning to Competitions to inspire a new generation. In this 30th anniversary year, we celebrate generations of winners – including our wonderful volunteers and sponsors – and ask how the Competitions helped shaped them.
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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Awards $50,000 to TAME

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Awards $50,000 to TAME

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce that longtime partner Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has generously awarded a $50,000 grant to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics will support students as the Host and Presenting Sponsor the 30th Annual State Math & Science Competition. TAME Competitions bring together hundreds of high performing students, grades 6-12, to challenge their science and math skills and connect with a network of peers and mentors across Texas and beyond. In the 2013-2014 academic school year, 100% of TAME seniors that competed were going to college. Of those, 90% chose to major in STEM and 50% chose to major in Engineering. 
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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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ConocoPhillips Awards $80,000 to TAME

ConocoPhillips Awards Grant to TAME to Help Texas Students Pursue STEMConocoPhillips Awards Grant to TAME to Help Texas Students Pursue STEM

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

ConocoPhillips will support scholarships, extracurricular STEM clubs, STEM Competitions at Divisional and State levels, Science Squad comic books in English and Spanish, and Trailblazer mobile science museum visits to schools, libraries, and events across 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 T-Shirt Design Contest Winner Announced for 2015!

TAME T-Shirt Design Contest Winner Announced for 2015!
(Austin, TX) The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering is pleased to announce the winner of the T-Shirt Design Contest for the organization's 30th annual State Math & Science Competition (now known as STEM competitions).  

Congratulations to Shubhanga Ballal of TAME's Capital Area Chapter! Mr. Ballal will receive his $100 prize at the State Competition on May 2nd at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. His design will be unveiled on the day of the event, where it will be featured on the cover of the programs, displays, and t-shirts worn by over 400 competitors, staff, and volunteers. 
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March 2015: Irish Science, Engineering with Eggs, and A Big Slice of Pi

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What do leprechauns eat on March 14th? Irish Pi!

In this month’s issue, get a leprechaun’s view of science, celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime Pi Day, and see how students in the Panhandle crack an egg – or don’t.

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