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.
“It was science, but it was AWESOME!” “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. The TAME Trailblazers travel to...
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.
(San Antonio, TX) – The 31st annual State STEM Competition for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) was sponsored by Boeing and held at the Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
The event, offered free of cost to participants, brought together 283 high-achieving students from across Texas, who traveled 7,174 miles to compete. TAME students from grades 6-12 qualified to attend the State STEM Competition at Divisional events hosted by the Chapters. This year's Divisional STEM Competition season saw a record-breaking number of participants—1,548 students competing across 13 different chapters. View Divisional results here.
At the State level, students competed in individual, timed math and science tests and in teams for an engineering design challenge. The top five students in each test received awards. The top five teams in the engineering design challenge were also recognized. In addition, three teams received special awards for design, creativity and teamwork. All winners were honored with trophies or medals and all participants received a variety of door prizes and giveaways thanks to generous sponsorships. View State results here.
One student, Lily Hernandez of the Lubbock Chapter, received the Outstanding Student Award sponsored by Shell Oil Company. Another student, Eunsuh Cho of the Capital Area Chapter, received recognition and $100 for winning the Boeing "Build Something Better" T-Shirt Design Contest.
“Long-term engagement really does make a difference for students,” said TAME’s Executive Director, Savita Raj. “TAME’s afterschool clubs and STEM Competitions have been encouraging students to explore college and careers in STEM for almost 40 years. The clubs and competitions have an immediate impact and a life-long impact. It’s wonderful when a student says 'I’m seeing my future' at the end of a STEM Competition, and it’s wonderful that 100% of the high-school seniors at the STEM Competitions plan to go to college this year.”
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce that partner ConocoPhillips has generously awarded $80,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
The donation will support a variety of programs, such as STEM Competitions, scholarships, and TAME Trailblazers. We are grateful to ConocoPhillips for decades of partnership and continued support that helps us build a STEM workforce that looks like Texas.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce that partner Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has generously awarded $30,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. math, science, and engineering.
The donation will support a variety of programs, such as STEM Competitions and TAME Trailblazers. We are grateful to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.
Every year, the TAME Trailblazers travel over 20,000 miles and bring the excitement of STEM to over 20,000 Texas students. And thanks to a generous donation of $70,000 from the Tocker Foundation, we're really going places! The Tocker Foundation will make it possible for the Trailblazer science-on-wheels units to visit 40 small and rural libraries across Texas this summer.
“We loved having the Trailblazer," wrote Wendy Turner, Director of the Pilot Point Community Library. The Tocker Foundation brought the Trailblazer to her north Texas library in summer of 2015. "Visits to the library were way up that day and all the children who went through the museum had a wonderful time. I want to thank you again for choosing the Pilot Point Community Library to visit. It was an amazing program and I know the children (and adults) who went through it learned so much."
TAME students need your help! On Saturday, April 30th, 2016, 300 high-achieving students from across Texas will participate in TAME’s 31st annual State STEM Competition. The event will take place at Texas A&M University-San Antonio . Come join the fun and connect with the next generation of scientists and engineers as they show off their skills in math and science, and solve real-world engineering problems with teamwork and determination. See more about TAME's annual STEM Competitions . You can help spark a love for STEM and inspire students to see themselves in a career that could change the world. Sign up today! Primary sign-up for most volunteers: Volunteer Sign Up Boeing employees, please sign up through TechSoup here: Boeing Volunteer Sign Up If your employer uses Benevity, please sign up here: Benevity Sign Up
Hint: it’s not about the money. Find a TAME Board Member’s inspiring story below.
We’re also proud to highlight the next generation of engineers who competed in Divisional STEM Competitions across Texas. What inspired some of them to be a part of TAME? Great teachers and STEM Events in their community! We are thrilled that Boeing is sponsoring another series of Family STEM Events at schools across Texas (details below). Plus, TAME Board Member Tamara Crawford has some inspiration for encouraging students in STEM.
Somewhere in the Texas Panhandle, there’s a student who wants to be the first woman on Mars. Somewhere on the Gulf Coast, there’s a child who really loves bugs. Somewhere in the Valley, there’s a kid who dreams in pixels.
The TAME Traiblazers connect students like these to STEM concepts and real-life educational and career tracks. Every year, our science-museums-on-wheels travel more than 20,000 miles, delivering hands-on STEM excitement and inspiration to over 20,000 kids in communities across Texas.
Where will the Trailblazers travel next? You can help decide! Boeing recently awarded funding to help Texas schools invest in their community by hosting a Family STEM Event. Applications for this unique mini-grant opportunity are now open, and we invite you to apply before the deadline of 5pm on Friday, April 15th, 2016.