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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 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.

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 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.

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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2015 TAME San Angelo Math & Science Competition Results

2015 TAME San Angelo Math & Science Competition Results
(San Angelo, TX) – The 2015 TAME San Angelo Math & Science Competition was held on Monday March 2, 2015. The event, held free of cost to participants, brought together more than 20 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.
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February 2015: Big Hearts, Big Brains, Big Dreams

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Big Hearts, Big Brains, Big Dreams: The Valentine Issue

In this month’s issue, get prepared for the next round of Divisionals, celebrate Black History Month with Guy Bluford, African-American astronaut, and find out how sugar can make you smarter. 

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2015 TAME Amarillo Math & Science Competition Results

2015 TAME Amarillo Math & Science Competition Results
(Amarillo, TX) – The 2015 TAME Amarillo Math & Science Competition was held at Amarillo College on Saturday January 31, 2015. The event, held free of cost to participants, brought together more than 60 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.
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TAME Engineering Adventure: Valentine's Day

TAME Engineering Adventure: Valentine's Day
Welcome to the first installment of TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we will 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. 

This month we've picked two sweet adventures, which your students are sure to love!
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Janice Trees, What's the Buzz About San Angelo TAME?

Janice Trees, What's the Buzz About San Angelo TAME?
Pictured above (from left): computer science educator Brian Beck, TAME Chapter Coordinator Janice Trees, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts educator Beckah Coleman, and 4H parent volunteer Annette Guerrero.


“It’s great that we can get our students involved. They’re needed. We don’t want to lose our kids to the big city. We’d like them to stay in the area and live and work and keep the economy vibrant.”


Janice Trees is the Chapter Coordinator for TAME's newest Chapter in San Angelo, and a parent leader for the TAME/Tom Green County 4H science program. 

There’s a lot of buzz about the San Angelo TAME club.  What’s it all about? 

The San Angelo TAME club provides opportunities for learning and leadership for students in San Angelo and the surrounding areas.  We try to give kids a taste of everything -- science, engineering, rocketry, art, bio-medicine, even earthquakes! 

It’s the perfect time for this kind of program.  The engineering and energy industry is booming out here.  The population is growing and we see trucks coming in from all over.  Angelo State University will start offering a civil engineering degree program next year and in 2016 they will break ground on
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2015 TAME Dallas Math & Science Competition Results

2015 TAME Dallas Math & Science Competition Results
(Arlington, TX) – The 2015 TAME Dallas Math & Science Competition was held at Tarrant County College on Saturday January 31, 2015. The event, held free of cost to participants, brought together more than 65 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.
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2015 TAME Golden Triangle Math & Science Competition Results

2015 TAME Golden Triangle Math & Science Competition Results
(Beaumont, TX) – The 2015 TAME Golden Triangle Math & Science Competition was held at Lamar University, on Saturday February 7, 2015. The event, held free of cost to participants, brought together more than 65 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.
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2015 TAME Gulf Coast Math & Science Competition Results

2015 TAME Gulf Coast Math & Science Competition Results
(Houston, TX) – The 2015 TAME Gulf Coast Math & Science Competition was held at Pershing Middle School, on Saturday January 31, 2015. The event, held free of cost to participants, brought together more than 220 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.
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