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January 2016: Divisionals Prep & Practice Tips

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Compete like a scientist

Winning is great, but losing might have more to teach us.


This month, we offer tips and activities to get your students ready for TAME's Divisional STEM Competitions. From a Mars-based Engineering Adventure to teaching hacks that encourage a growth mindset, these resources are designed to reinforce both aptitude and attitude.

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TAME's 2015 Holiday STEM Gift Guide

TAME 2015 Holiday STEM Gift Guide


If you want proof that human ingenuity is an infinite resource, just look at the toy and game industry. Every year, there’s a new pile of shiny objects to inspire curiosity and family fun. We take games seriously here in the TAME office (don’t let the elf hats fool you).  After weeks of research into 2015’s offerings, we’re pleased to offer you over 60 suggestions for gifts all about STEM--science, tech, engineering, and math.

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Congressman Hurd and TAME Trailblazer Visit Fort Stockton Middle School

Congressman Hurd and TAME Trailblazer Visit Fort Stockton Middle School to celebrate Boeing Award of $100K to Celebrate 100 Years of Innovation

Students at Fort Stockton Middle School are preparing for a day of exciting visits to their 8th Grade STEM Day. Congressman William Hurd (R-TX23) will attend the event on Friday, December 4th, held in recognition of The Boeing Company’s contribution to STEM education in Texas. Students will also be welcomed aboard the TAME Trailblazer, a unique traveling science museum-on-wheels.

Congressman Hurd, whose district includes many of Texas’ strongest oil and gas production areas, is a strong proponent of STEM education, and his participation in this event highlights the boom of STEM industries in Texas. The event also celebrates Boeing’s generous support of STEM programs, including a partnership with The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) to provide Family STEM Night events centered on the TAME Trailblazer.
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November 2015: We're thankful for you

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This month's about getting ready!

For the holidays and upcoming competitions


Read on for Divisional dates, student registrations, STEM gift ideas, and everything you need to host a stunt plane engineering adventure in your own classroom.

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TAME Engineering Adventure: Stunt Plane State Challenge

TAME Engineering Adventure: Stunt Plane State Challenge

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity and one practice competition activity) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This November's Engineering Adventure is to design and build stunt planes! We provide warmup ideas for designing classic paper airplanes. Next we share the 2014 State Competition Engineering Design Challenge! It’s perfect for a pre-Divisional warm-up. 

It's a great way to get your TAME Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.

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TAME Board Member Honored with BEYA

TAME Board Member Tamara Crawford was recently honored with Black Engineer of the Year Award. Crawford is a Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Advanced Technical Leadership Program Senior, currently assigned as Lead Systems Engineer for the F-22 Raptor overseeing shutdown execution. Crawford is a is an active mentor to girls ages 8-18 and played a critical role in overseeing TAME's 2015 State Math and Science Competition, for which Lockheed Martin Aeronautics was the Host and Presenting Sponsor.
Photo credit to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics


TAME is proud to recognize Board Member Tamara Crawford, who won the Special Recognition award at the 2016 BEYA STEM Conference. Recognition from BEYA is one of the most prestigious and competitive honors in science, engineering, and technology management.

In the award's 30-year history, thousands of America's most creative and innovative professionals have been nominated for this nationally recognized honor. With that said, less than 1000 individuals have achieved the distinction of being a BEYA honoree. 
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Stepping Up for STEM in Wichita Falls: Denise Simmons


Stepping Up For STEM in Wichita Falls: Denise Simmons
Above, left: Denise Simmons in the classroom. Above, right: students working on projects in local STEM programs with Denise.

"STEM levels the playing field. Anybody can be whatever they want. If kids are working with a 3D printer to design a prosthetic hand, they’re not thinking about socioeconomic barriers. They’re thinking about what they can do with that printer."

Dr. Denise Simmons is assistant professor of Educational Leadership & Technology at Midwestern State University. With co-chair Marcie Williford, she is the new TAME Chapter Leader in TAME's Wichita Falls Chapter. This story is the final segment in a three-part series celebrating past and present leadership in Wichita Falls.
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Boeing Awards $100K to Celebrate 100 Years of Innovation

Boeing Awards $100K to Celebrate 100 Years of Innovation

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is thrilled to announce that partner Boeing has generously awarded a $100,000 grant to celebrate the science behind the past 100 years of aerospace advancement and ready students, families and teachers with skills for the next century. As part of its centennial in 2016, Boeing is teaming with several leading education partners to co-create K-12 educational resources. TAME will serve as one of Boeing's strategic partners, introducing the next generation of Texas students to innovative problem solving and careers in STEM.

The Boeing grant will provide Family STEM Night events centered on the TAME Trailblazers, bringing a novel, mobile STEM engagement program to students and their communities across the Lonestar State.
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TAME Competitions: New Name, Same Great Event

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For years, TAME's Math & Science Competitions have been a wonderful opportunity for Texas students to test their math and science skills, connect with like-minded peers and mentors, and explore industry and academic settings.

For years, too, the highlight of these competitions has been the Engineering Design Challenge. The excitement and satisfaction of working with a team to invent a jet-powered blimp, or build a paper skyscraper, or protect an egg on its harrowing fall lasts well beyond the competition -- in fact, teachers report that student buzz about the Engineering Design Challenge is a big part of getting new students interested in joining TAME.

Changing the Competition Name
With this in mind, we believe that it's time for the name of the competition to reflect the inclusion of all aspects of STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math. The competition structure will remain exactly the same (why mess with a great thing?). However, rather than Divisional and State Math and Science Competitions, the events will now be called Divisional and State STEM Competitions.
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TAME Engineering Adventure: Crane Challenge

TAME Engineering Adventure: Crane Challenge!

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity and one practice competition activity) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This October's Engineering Adventure is to construct a crane! We provide a terrific video from Curiosity Machine, which stars a Latina engineer illustrating both a simple crane and a complex crane with pulleys and a crank. Next we share the 2012 State Competition Engineering Design Challenge! It’s perfect for a pre-Divisional warm-up. 

It's a great way to get your Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.

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Shell Awards $75,000 to TAME

Shell Oil Company Donates $75,000 for Trailblazer Visits

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is thrilled to announce that partner Shell Oil Company has generously awarded a $75,000 grant to empower Texas 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 across the Lonestar State. Shell will continue to recognize an outstanding high school student at the State STEM Competitions, formerly known as the Math and Science Competition. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Trailblazer Delivers Science to 2,000 Port Arthur Students

TAME Trailblazer Delivers Science to 2,000 Port Arthur Students
An eighth grade student tries her luck as a meteorologist in front of a green screen at the weather station in the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering Trailblazer at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Port Arthur. Photo credit to The Port Arthur News.


"Playing hooky has never been so electrifying," writes The Port Arthur News in a story about a recent 10-day Trailblazer visit to the Golden Triangle region of Texas. 

"Tavian Gipson's first shot at the electric ball was tentative — timid, even — but he said that initial "jolt" got him hooked."

"'My body is a conductor,' Gipson said, smiling at his classmates."

Gipson was one of 2,000 students who benefited from this innovative, mobile STEM engagement program run by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering, or TAME. The visit to Abraham Lincoln Middle School was sponsored by Motiva, working in partnership with other Port Arthur refineries and petrochemical companies via the Port Arthur Industrial Group. Motiva engineers and technicians volunteered in the Trailblazer to help students relate to science as career opportunities. 
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BASF Awards $25,000 to TAME

BASF Awards $25,000 to TAME to help students pursue careers in STEM

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is thrilled to announce that partner BASF has generously awarded a $25,000 grant to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The grant will support a variety of programs, such as after school TAME Clubs, Math & Science Competitions, TAME Trailblazers, and more. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Join BASF 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.

TAME Engineering Adventure: Paper Tower

TAME Engineering Adventure: Paper Tower Challenge! This is a classic challenge, and a great way to teach kids of any age about collaboration, experimentation, and the value of learning from others.
Above, left: two students from the class of teacher and blogger Mr. Goldstein show off their tallest tower in their own version of the paper tower challenge. Top middle: students from the class of teacher and blogger Katy Kiser took a sculptor's approach to the challenge. Top right: another group from Katy Kiser's class drew on the strength of triangles to build their tower. Bottom middle: engineering students at Wisconsin Lutheran College build a 3D art project to study forces of tension and compression. Bottom right: a load-bearing paper structure made with paper and tape, described on Marci Goodwin's blog The Home School Scientist.

Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures! Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity and one practice competition activity) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

This September’s Engineering Adventure is a classic challenge, and a great way to teach kids of any age about collaboration, experimentation, and the value of learning from others. 

It's incredibly simple and affordable, too! You only need some sheets of scratch paper or index cards and a flat surface. We've got tips, tricks, and even TEKS lined up for this adventure. It's a great way to get your Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.
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TAME Club Registration Now Open!

Registration now open! TAME Clubs let students explore, win scholarships, compete in math, science, and engineering--and are totally free!

Annual TAME Club registration is now open! From the Panhandle to the Valley, all across Texas, TAME teachers and their students are reaching for the stars--and the laboratories, the board rooms, and even the White House. For over 30 years, TAME has built a strong network of K-12 teachers, higher education partners, and corporate partners dedicated to promoting diversity in STEM. Let us help you inspire students to find the STEM career of their dreams.

By registering your TAME Club, educators and students gain access to our competitions in January and February, as well as a host of other resources.
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Stepping Up for STEM in Wichita Falls: Ed Downing


Stepping Up For STEM in Wichita Falls: Ed Downing
Above, left: Ed Downing reviews STEM education statistics at the launch of the Trailblazer II; above, right: Ed and other TAME Board Members at the Lockheed Martin launch of the Trailblazer II; bottom: Ed with Wichita Falls TAME Club students after participation in a TAME Math and Science Competition.

"Wichita Falls will create a pedigree of students, without regard to race, ethnicity or gender, who are superb – excited, confident and ready for college. These kids will come back and be leaders in their community."

Ed Downing has been the Chapter Leader in TAME’s Wichita Falls Chapter since 1985. Ed served in the US Air Force and worked at ONCOR, Texas's largest regulated electric delivery business. TAME recently recognized Ed for his dedication and decades of commitment to the students of Wichita Falls. This story is the second segment in a three-part series celebrating past and present leadership in Wichita Falls.
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IBM Awards $5,000 to Support Texas Teachers

IBM Awards $5000 to Support Texas Teachers

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that longtime partner IBM has awarded $5,000 to support Texas teachers in science, technology, engineering and math. TAME educators have used IBM's Teachers Try Science in putting together Family STEM Night activities, assembling TAME Club engineering challenges, and designing classroom curriculum.
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Road Scholar Wanted: Now Hiring a Moving Educator

Road Scholar Wanted: TAME Now Hiring a Moving Educator
Trailblazer Facilitator and Engineer David Morris with students in Eagle Lake, Texas after a successful Trailblazer visit to a local library.


Are you ready to take your teaching career on the road? TAME is now hiring a third Trailblazer Facilitator to bring the excitement of STEM to students all across the state. Every year, our science-museums-on-wheels travel over 18,000 miles and engage over 20,000 students with electrifying hands-on exhibits.

TAME is putting the call out to all of central Texas, seeking a friendly, dynamic individual to connect with students, teachers, administrators, and local media. This year we're expanding to reach a record-breaking number of schools, and we need more facilitators to meet the demand. Help our mobile museums reach more students than ever before.

"I love this job, it combines all the best parts of teaching," says Facilitator V.J. Willis, who was a classroom teacher for 12 years before joining TAME. "It's the greatest experience I've ever had as an educator, because you get to see kids getting very excited about learning. That's why you get into teaching in the first place!"
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American Honda Foundation Awards $50,000 to TAME for Family STEM Nights

American Honda Foundation Awards $50,000 to TAME for Family STEM Nights

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce a new partnership with the American Honda Foundation, which has generously awarded $50,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The contribution will support Family STEM Nights with the TAME Trailblazers, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to students, families, and whole communities across Texas. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Stepping Up for STEM in Wichita Falls: Marcie Williford


Stepping Up For STEM in Wichita Falls: Marcie Williford, Engineer at Alcoa Howmet and TAME Co-Chair
Above, left: Marcie Williford takes students on a tour during a Young Engineer Summer Camp; above, right: Marcie collaborates with other engineers at Alcoa Howmet, which specializes in precision investment castings of superalloy, titanium and aluminum alloys for aerospace and industrial markets.

"Every student’s success is good for the whole community. The influence of a successful locally-educated person is enormous when you consider the impact it has on their family, friends and community. Someone from your own town accomplishing big things can be far more impactful than someone from outside this community."

Marcie Williford is Manager of Process and Quality Engineering at Alcoa Howmet. She and Co-Chair Dr. Denise Simmons are stepping up for STEM in TAME’s Wichita Falls Chapter. This story is the first segment in a three-part series celebrating past and present leadership in Wichita Falls.
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