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TAME T-Shirt Contest Opens with Cash Prize of $100

TAME T-Shirt Contest Opens with Cash Prize of $100
Every year, students who are active members of TAME Clubs are invited to submit their design for the official t-shirt of the State Math & Science Competition. The winning design is featured on the event t-shirts, event programs, and other materials. The design is distributed to hundreds of competition participants and volunteers and the winning artist is awarded a cash prize of $100.For contest details, examples of past winning designs, and a downloadable contest form, click here.
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2015 TAME Capital Area Math & Science Competition Results

2015 TAME Capital Area Math & Science Competition Results
(Austin, TX) – The 2015 TAME Capital Area Math & Science Competition was held at Welch Hall, University of Texas, Austin, on Saturday January 31, 2015. The event, held free of cost to participants, brought together more than 250 student competitors (grades 6-12) from across the region. Students competed in individual math and science tests and were grouped into teams to participate in an Engineering Design Challenge. The top six students from each test and the top three teams from the Engineering Design Challenge were recognized. Three teams also received special Judges' Choice Awards for creative problem solving.The competition was organized by the African American Youth Harvest Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides services to African American youth in the Austin area. The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is a statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 that enables Texas students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering...
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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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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 possible. Even so,...
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January 2015: Hoverboards, TAME in Space, and Divisionals

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It's 2015. Where's my hoverboard?

In this issue, we look back at what the future used to look like, and look ahead at the future taking shape!

The makers of the Back to the Future movies were aiming for entertainment, not accuracy, when they imagined 2015. Their future didn't include climate change or pandemics. It DID include a lot of options for transportation, hi-tech sneakers, and some colorful fashion.

How will your students help shape the next thirty years? TAME has some ideas--and a hoverboard engineering story sure to get your students walking on air from excitement. Read on!

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Space Station Safe in Hands of Former TAME Student

Space Station Safe in Hands of Former TAME Student
"TAME lets kids know that there are possibilities outside of their town. There are so many opportunities. I'd hate to think any kids were missing out. "Guadalupe Gonzales is the Boeing Safety & Reliability Manager for the International Space Station and a former member of a TAME Club. What do you do in your job? There's a lot of hardware involved in the Space Station, and a lot of procedures. Our group is in charge of safety and reliability. We look at how hardware is going to fail and what effects that failure will have on other systems. For instance, if something breaks off, we want to make sure there are no sharp edges that could cut a space suit. If something goes wrong in orbit, we're part of a team to figure out how to fix it. How did you first get involved with TAME? I grew up in a...
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Students Train to Compete in TAME Divisional Competitions

Students Train to Compete in TAME Divisional Competitions
You may have noticed some excitement in the air as students across the state begin training to compete in TAME's Divisional STEM Competitions. Top achieving students at these events qualify for one of 300 invitations to the TAME State Competition, hosted this May 2nd at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas. "I really enjoyed the team design challenge," wrote a TAME senior after the 2012 State Competition. "It was a great level of difficulty and required us to really have to work together. It was also a great way to meet other students from different areas that were a variety of ages."  Divisional Competitions around Texas allow students to test themselves in math, science, and the popular engineering design challenges. In these, students are grouped together with peers from a variety of ages and backgrounds and collaborate to solve a real-world engineering problem, often with surprising results. (Visit TAME's Engineering...
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Help Keep the Lights On

TAME Trailblazer Mobile Science Museum Animated Christmas Lights    You Make the Future Bright. The TAME Trailblazer needs a new generator. Help us keep the lights on in our traveling science museum with a contribution that will go towards the $18,000 replacement cost. Your gift will generate countless watts of excitement as the Trailblazer travels to 50 schools and welcomes 10,000 students this spring. As always, thank you for everything you do to make the future bright.
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December 2014: A Winter of Discovery

TAME Newsletter Cover   Make this a winter of discovery with gingerbread houses, frozen bubbles, and more Winter break is a great time to have fun with STEM. We’ve put together a collection of great winter / holiday themed activities for the classroom and the living room. Forward this email on to parents to keep STEM discovery going through the winter break!Read on for great winter activity ideas, fun STEM gifts, and more.   This month's teacher newsletter features: Divisional Math & Science Competitions Whiz-kid gift ideas Register (your TAME club) to win! Extreme gingerbread and homemade snow storms: Put a seasonal spin on STEM experiments The Two Birthdays of Isaac Newton: It's a mystery with heavy consequences There's Math in my Pinterest! TAME's Math for Teachers pinterest board   Read our full newsletter online.                          
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Get Fresh Ideas from STEM Inspirations

TAME Quote Universe Under No Obligation To Make Sense To You Neil DeGrasse TysonRunning out of steam at the end of the semester? Get some fresh ideas from TAME's curated STEM Inspirations board on Pinterest. With over 75 quotations, sketches, cartoons, and photographs on the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math, you are sure to find something unique to spark your students' excitement. Hang them up in your classroom or share them on your class website. Either way, these gems are intended to broaden horizons, fuel motivation, and dazzle the imagination.   Visit STEM Inspirations   A few of our favorites:     "The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you." Neil DeGrasse Tyson   "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." Albert Einstein     "Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why."...
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TAME's 2014 Holiday STEM Gift Guide

TAME 2014 Holiday STEM Gift Guide Need some ideas for your science or math whiz this year? We've collected over 70 gift ideas focused on science, technology, engineering and math--but the one thing they all have in common is that they have a high statistical probability of fun for students of all ages. (Including the ones who never stop learning, no matter what age they are!) Click HERE for the full list!  Shop with AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate a portion of its proceedsto help Texas students discover STEM!     TAME's 2014 Holiday STEM Gift Guide: Highlights   Staff Pick Gift Ideas Space Module Tent - Get ready for Blast off in this fun play dome, a perfect start for space exploration. Docking port play tunnel also available. Ages 3-10 years. Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope - Fabulous tool for kids to examine, record and report all their scientific discoveries. With this portable microscope they can...
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What Is Our Trailblazer Facilitator Thankful for This Year?

V. J. Willis, Trailblazer Facilitator in front of the Trailblazer II Mobile Science Museum   If you've been lucky enough to experience a visit from a Trailblazer mobile science museum, you may have met one of our Facilitators, V. J. Willis. A retired teacher with a big heart and a love of sharing knowledge, V. J. is a person that many are grateful to know. And on this national holiday of gratitude, we thought we should share the message he sent to the TAME State Headquarters, explaining what he is thankful for this year.   Dear TAME Friends,   I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Take time to reflect on all you have been blessed with.   I am thankful for the wonderful and supportive team we have become at TAME, and I am thankful for the opportunity we have to touch students' lives in a positive way. When we see the many challenges kids...
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2014 Evergreen Scholarship Recipients Announced

Graduating Scholars

We are excited to announce the recipients of our 2014 Evergreen Scholarship:

Rachel Andrews, Mathematics & Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin

Antonio Bujanda, Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech

Nancy Kha, Biology, University of Texas at Austin (Elvin Evatt Memorial Scholarship)

Janet Nieto, Environmental Engineering, Texas Tech

Rachel Ramos, Biochemistry, UT Permian Basin (Elvin Evatt Memorial Scholarship)

Anisa Ruiz, Kinesiology, Texas A&M

Zoi Thompson, Environmental Science, Geology Track, University of Texas at Austin

Jenna Weiss, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M

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

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Teacher's View: Why Does Dixie Ross Love TAME?

Teacher's View: Why Does Dixie Ross Love TAME?
"My former student brought along a note that I had written twenty years earlier listing everyone who had signed up for our field trip...until [then], I had no idea of the impact that TAME field trip had on those kids, now all thriving professionals who feel a responsibility to pay forward the opportunity that they were given." Dixie Ross is a high school teacher and TAME club sponsor at Pflugerville High School and a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. For over 30 years, she has taught mathematics, including Advanced Placement Calculus, to students who come primarily from low-income, rural, and minority backgrounds. What kind of impact do TAME programs have on your students? Recently, at a breakfast for TAME leadership, I was proud to sit with one of my former members who is now a TAME corporate sponsor. He became a father and a husband during his...
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November 2014: Thanks for the Fiberoptics, Shirley

TAME Newsletter Cover   Thanks for the fiber optics, Shirley! Four inventions (and one inventor) we're thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!  Among the many STEM inventions that have made our world a better place are a few made possible by Shirley Jackson, the high-tech trailblazing woman whose breakthrough scientific research enabled others to invent and improve technologies like the the touch tone telephone, the portable fax machine, solar cell and fiber optic cables. In other words, you probably wouldn't be reading this now without her work.  What inventions are YOU thankful for?  See our TAME staff answers and let us know yours on Facebook.    This month's teacher newsletter features: State Math & Science Competition Moves to May 2nd Register (your TAME club) to win! What's more awesome than a toothbrush robot? The world's next great engineer may want some help with her assignment How grateful are your students? Neuroscience researchers show the benefits...
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Student's View: A Last-Minute Field Trip, a Lasting Love of Biology

Student's View: A Last-Minute Field Trip, a Lasting Love of Biology
"I'm really interested in biology; I find it mysterious." Nancy K. is a former TAME club member who is now a biology major at the University of Texas at Austin. She still enjoys hanging out with her friends. How did you hear about TAME? I got involved with TAME in 7th grade when a math teacher at my middle school in Pflugerville asked if anyone was available to attend a science and math competition over the weekend. I went and I had a great time. There's always that nervous feeling when you're taking tests. You want to do well and advance to the next level and have more fun, but I also got to hang out with my friends, which in 7th grade was the main selling point. My middle school didn't have a TAME club, but by high school we had a teacher who helped us prepare for the Math...
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October 2014: Explore Computer Science With TAME

TAME Newsletter Cover   Explore Computer Science with TAME! Computer scientists do much more than design video games and software.  They create technology to explore the universe, fix everyday problems, and invent the future.  This month, we celebrate a pioneer in computer science on Ada Lovelace Day, welcome a computer science teacher to the TAME board, and point you to some free coding lessons.  Happy October!  This month's teacher newsletter features: Women and computers go WAY back. Code.org helps every student learn to code! Register (your TAME club) to win! Computer Science Teacher Joins TAME Board Apply Now for the Aspirations in Computing Scholarship for Women Freshen up your ideas with TAME's Pinterest: Women in STEM Read our full newsletter online.      
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Employer's View: Why Does Kyle Ray Support TAME?

Employer's View: Why Does Kyle Ray Support TAME?
"Especially in an industry that is constantly on the forefront of innovation, having a team that can approach a problem from many different angles is invaluable." Kyle Ray is an engineer who has served on the TAME Board and is currently employed with the Bank of Montreal. Why do you support TAME? I first became involved with TAME through my employer, ConocoPhillips, a long-time corporate supporter of TAME. What drew me to the organization was their focus on bringing STEM education to underrepresented minority and female students. When I first got into STEM, I wasn't seeing the same level of diversity in the business world as I was seeing in the schools, and I didn't feel like there was a lot of mentorship or awareness of what opportunities were out there. TAME programs benefit both students and employers. On the employer side, companies certainly see the value of a diverse workforce...
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September 2014: Back to School Icebreakers and More

TAME Newsletter Cover   Welcome Back! We're excited to kick off another school year with a wonderful group of teachers from across Texas. As you explore the world of STEM with your students, TAME supports you with ideas for classroom icebreakers, low-investment science experiments, community activities, professional development opportunities, and more.  Here are a few easy steps to get you started. This month's teacher newsletter features: Register your TAME club Icebreakers to get your TAME club off to a great start Save the date: State Math & Science Competition Stay Connected on TAME's Facebook Page Freshen up your ideas with TAME's Pinterest: Infographics on STEM Read our full newsletter online.      
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Alumna's View: From Windmill Design to Medical School

"TAME helped us see that engineering and science are good fields to go into, they showed us that it's attainable, and they showed us a way to get there." Rachel is a former TAME club member and TAME scholar. Now a biochemistry student at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, she will soon be going on to medical school. How did you hear about TAME? I got involved with time as an 8th grader in Odessa, Texas, when I was invited to participate in the Math and Science competition (now known as STEM competitions) in Houston. The competition was a blast. It was well-organized and fun. I took tests in biology and physics, and then there was a group project where we had to simulate the most efficient windmill. It turned out to be an inertia formula. We didn't win that time, but it was still really cool to...
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