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TAME Engineering Adventure: Building with Biomimicry

TAME Engineering Adventure: Biomimicry! A hands-on activity challenging middle school and high school students to build robot hands and flowers, to think like biologists and biomedical engineers!
Above, left: a robotic hand from the ScienceBuddies.org project Grasping With Straws. Above, top middle: Muscles of the Hand and Wrist, by Elisa Shorn, circa 1900, shared with a Creative Commons License by Heidelberg University. Above, top right: a robotic flower from the Curiosity Machine project Build a Blooming Flower. Above, bottom right: Hibiscus at Zilker Botanical Garden, shared with a Creative Commons License by Anne Swoboda.

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. 

Looking for ways to incorporate engineering projects into your biology or science class? Great news! Animals, plants, and microbes are nature's engineers, and whenever human scientists, inventors, and engineers build on their designs they are participating in biomimicry.

From the Biomimicry Institute, "Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul."

This month's Engineering Adventure are a perfect fit for hands-on learning in Biology class and challenging TAME Club members to think creatively in preparation for our Divisional and STEM Competitions.

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IBM Awards Impact Grant to TAME

Since the 1970s, TAME Partner IBM has been helping launch students into STEM careers with programs like TAME's Trailblazer mobile science museums.

The presentation of a strategic planning report at TAME's Board meeting today was the last piece of an IBM Impact Grant to TAME. The grant, valued at more than $55,000, was offered at a critical time in TAME's growth and it will help direct TAME programs over the next 3 – 5 years.

IBM has been an integral part of TAME since the late 70s when Pete Suarez from IBM led the organization as the Board Chair. It was under his guidance that TAME launched the first Trailblazer (Expo-Tex) and received state funds that fueled the organization's first growth spurt! Since then, for almost 40 years, IBM has continued to be a valued, strategic partner supporting Texas students through TAME programs.

In recent years, IBM has sponsored the development of the TAME Comic Books and with translating them to Spanish; TAME teachers have regularly used IBM's Teachers Try Science in putting together Family STEM Night activities and the TAME Board had IBM support with the strategic planning process.

TAME students, staff, volunteers and the Board thank Deb Dorman (WW Cloud ISV Leader, Ecosystem Development, IBM) for her work on the TAME Board and Beth Tracy (Manager, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs) for her long-term support for TAME. We look forward to the next 5 years as we strengthen TAME programs, engage more students and implement a strategic plan developed with IBM's help.
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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.

Harnessing Brain Power in Odessa


TAME Teacher and Alumnus Jeff Vann helps an Odessa student at UTPB Academy learn to use power tools
TAME Teacher and Alumnus Jeff Vann helps a student at UTPB Academy learn to use power tools in a class engineering project. 


"I remember being in school and feeling like there was a stigma on the smart kids. Even now, kids feel like it’s not okay to be the smart kid in the class, or that there’s not a reason to excel. TAME programs show kids that it’s okay to be smart, and that you get to do cool stuff when you’re a smart kid."

Jeff Vann is a TAME Alumnus and Teacher who brings science and engineering to students at the UTPB STEM Academy in TAME's West Texas Chapter.  His TAME Club students are known as the Noisy Nerdles.
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Alcoa Foundation Awards $15,000 to Wichita Falls TAME Students

Alcoa Awards $15,000 to empower Wichita Falls students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math!

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is thrilled to announce that Alcoa Foundation has awarded $15,000 in scholarships to TAME students in Wichita Falls. With this generosity Alcoa Foundation will empower students in their community to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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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3M Awards $15,000 to TAME for Trailblazer Visits

3M Awards $15,000 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 $15,000 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.

Marathon Oil Sponsors Trailblazer Museum Visits to Eagle Ford Shale

Marathon Oil Sponsors Trailblazer Museum Visits to Eagle Ford Shale Communities

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is thrilled to announce that Marathon Oil will sponsor Trailblazer mobile science museum visits for communities in the Eagle Ford Shale region. 

The donations from Marathon Oil will support the TAME Trailblazers, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to schools in the local communities in South East Texas. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.

2015 TAME Scholarship Recipients Announced

Graduating Scholars

We are excited to announce the recipients of our 2015 TAME Scholarships:

Shaharyar Ali, University of Texas at Austin, Mechanical Engineering
Reginald Blow, Texas Tech, Mechanical Engineering
Sheldon Carter, Iowa Wesleyan University, Business
Nicholas Curtis, University of Texas at Austin, Chemical Engineering
Alicia Downing, West Texas A&M University, Nursing
Nathanael Garlington, Midland College, Computer Science / Computer Engineering
Aida Lu, Columbia University, Engineering - Operations Research
Maryana Mbalule, Midwestern State, Nursing
James McGuire, Texas Tech University, Mechanical Engineering
Blanca Miranda-Martinez, University of Texas Dallas, Chemistry
Stephanie Nguyen-Okwu, Texas A&M University, Biomedical Engineering
Alejandro Prieto, Midwestern State, Mechanical Engineering
Joshua Quaid, Texas Tech University, Mechanical Engineering
Lilia Requena, Texas A&M University, Biology
Sayon Rhodes, University of Dallas, Chemical Engineering or Math
Natalie Sahagun, University of Texas at Austin, Aerospace Engineering
Michelle Zhou, Cornell University, Computer Science

Congratulations, Scholars! Best of luck with the the coming school year. We look forward to hearing more from you at the end of the Fall Semester.

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Xcel Energy Awards $4,000 to TAME

Xcel Energy Awards $4,000 to Help Texas Students Pursue Careers in STEM
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is thrilled to announce that partner Xcel Energy  has generously awarded a $4,000 grant to empower Texas students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. This funding supported TAME's 30th Annual State Math and Science Competition (now known as STEM competitions) in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Student Thanks TAME, Believes in a Better Future

7th Grader thanks TAME for the State Math and Science Competition and hopes for a better future
A handmade thank-you card sent to TAME from a 7th grade student, Alexia R. The trip she mentions was the 2015 State Math and Science Competition, which brought students from chapters all over Texas. Some students traveled over 16 hours by bus to compete.

TAME recently received a handmade card from a 7th grade student thanking the many people who made the 2015 State Math and Science Competition (now known as STEM competitions) possible. "I know that it must have taken a lot of thought, effort, time, and patience," she writes, and makes a special effort to thank the volunteer who chaperoned her student group. 

During the State Competition, the Presenting Host and Sponsor Lockheed Martin Aeronautics generously welcomed students, teachers, and volunteers on a tour of their cutting edge facility, where fighter jets are built.  "I liked the tour because it really helped me," she writes. "It helped me to believe that these competitions could lead me to a better future."
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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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June 2015: Ready... Set... Relax!

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Ready... Set... Relax! Rocket Fuel for Summer Planning, High Water Science, and Beach Reads for Teachers

In this month’s issue, we close out another surprising, fun, jam-packed, drive-all-over-Texas, electrifying, inspiring school year!

We bring you some thoughts about weather (and our good wishes for all those recovering from its effects), some rocket fuel for summer planning, and our look-forward list of summer books for all our favorite teachers.

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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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