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.
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. Here’s our FAQ for the new test format:
How will the new tests be structured? Instead of the twenty-three different tests we currently offer, only seven individual tests will be offered at each competition. The tests will be administered by grade level and will combine math and science, including questions from both subject areas. Few students will know all of the material presented, but the tests will be a comprehensive assessment of knowledge and skills and will provide a solid baseline for measurable growth.
"Today was really, really fun. It was a great experience," said eighth-grader Holly James, who said she wants to pursue a career in health science. "We learned about all types of electricity and how stuff works in space and how the weather men and women do their jobs."
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For more than a decade, Boeing has been a stalwart supporter of the programs and other STEM education initiatives offered by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME). This year, we thank Boeing for a generous $100,000 donation, which will go miles—literally—towards bringing STEM experiences like the TAME Trailblazer to communities all across Texas.
Are we thankful? You bet! TAME’s industry partners support our educational programs because they know the value of a diverse, job-ready, local workforce. A workforce that looks like Texas—with a diverse range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, birthplaces, gender, worldviews, and skillsets—is a workforce that is ready to address any challenge and solve any problem. As we’ve noted elsewhere, workforce diversity benefits employers: according to recent research, for example, 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.
"GENEROSITY BREEDS OPPORTUNITY. For 30 years, TAME has conducted an annual competition where students from all across Texas compete in a math test, a science test and an engineering design challenge. Last year, the Sundt Foundation made a $3,300 grant to help send 300 TAME students and 75 chaperones to the competition in San Antonio, free of cost. Corporate donations, such as this one, open up new opportunities to TAME students. In the case of the San Antonio competition, some students would not have been able to participate due to financial barriers."
For over 30 years, competitions have been an integral part of the programs offered by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME). Annual STEM Competitions help to focus student effort in TAME Clubs and provide an exciting incentive to work hard; they connect students to academic and corporate partners; and they foster friendships and mentoring relationships. Year after year, we’ve seen how participating in our competitions inspires students to think big. We’re very grateful to our community, corporate and academic supporters who have made this possible year after year.
And now we’re at a turning point. The world has changed a lot in the past 30 years. It’s time for the Competitions to change, too.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner Halliburton has generously awarded $15,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The funding will support annual STEM Competitions, which celebrate achievement in math, science, and engineering. Students and chaperones pay no fee to participate thanks to sponsorships like this.
Join Halliburton in making a difference. Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help make sure TAME programs stay free for all Texas students.
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 Field. Although 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.
Annual TAME Club Registration is now open. In our free TAME Clubs across Texas, students are starting exciting careers by exploring science, tech, engineering, math, coding, rocketry, robotics, and more.
Sign up by November 16th to win scholarships, connect with mentors, and compete in STEM! Learn more at TAME.org/Clubs.
“If I don’t make it to the NBA, I will become an engineer.”
How do you get kids excited about science as they are about, say, basketball? In its mission to launch the next generation of STEM professionals, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) uses all kinds of tools -- from scotch tape, eggs, and the occasional rocket to professional development resources and mentoring programs. Together, TAME programs form an education-to-employment pipeline that guides students from elementary school through high school completion and on to higher education and careers in STEM.
TAME is pleased to announce that Rackspace has awarded $15,000 to help bring the TAME Trailblazer mobile STEM museum to six elementary and middle schools in San Antonio. The chosen schools are part of the ‘Magnificent 7’ neighborhood schools around the Rackspace San Antonio headquarters.
How does a kid from Baytown end up working on the spacecraft that will take us to Mars?
That’s what a Boeing engineer – and Baytown native – said to a group of students in Texas. And we could not agree more.
Our future engineers, scientists and leaders are sitting in classrooms all across Texas right now, and challenging, satisfying jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are abundant and growing. But there’s a gap between these students and STEM opportunities. How do we bring students from the inner cities, struggling suburbs and border towns and from a diverse range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, into the education-to-employment pipeline?
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce that the Permian Basin Area Foundation has generously awarded $12,500 to empower students in the Permian Basin 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 five locations in the Permian Basin area of West Texas. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.
The $1.24M grant awarded to the team by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be used to develop a "Lunar Caves Analog Test Sites (LCATS)" program for science investigations, space exploration mission operations, technology development, and habitability system architectures for Space STEM learning performance.
This is one of nine informal education programs in seven states selected by NASA to help inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers. TAME students will participate in the LCATS program, and a new comic book in the TAME Science Squad™ series will be published as part of the project. For more information, see NASA's press release.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) welcomes the Sundt Foundation as a community sponsor of the 31st annual State STEM Competition. Over 280 students from around Texas competed in the event on April 30, 2016, which celebrates achievement in math, science, and engineering. Students and chaperones pay no fee to participate thanks to sponsorships like this. We are grateful to the Sundt Foundation for making this possible!
Read more about the Sundt Foundation's partnership with TAME on their blog.
Join the Sundt Foundation in making a difference. Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help make sure TAME programs stay free for all Texas students.
Congratulations to former TAME student Sai Sameer Pusapaty! For the second time, he won 2nd place in the world in Environmental Engineering at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-collegiate science competition, so Sameer's project was one among 1,330 others from over 70 other countries and territories. The photo above shows him with Austin Mayor Adler, Principal Crescenzi of Liberal Arts Science Academy, and TAME teacher Alison Earnhart. (Photo credit to Earnhart and LASA.)
TAME Scholarship applications due Monday, June 6th
All TAME club members heading off to college in a STEM field can win scholarships set aside just for them. Applications are due in two weeks, so urge your students to apply.
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:
Pratt & Whitney ($2,000/award, Wichita Falls students only)
The University of Texas at Austin ($1,500, engineering majors only)
Texas A&M University ($500/award, engineering majors only)
Texas Tech University ($2,000/award, engineering majors only)
Students will also be considered for TAME scholarships offered by Prairie View A&M University and the University of Houston.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce that partner 3M has generously awarded a $20,000 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.