Travel to the ocean floor. Design a house on Mars. Find a cure for cancer. What will YOU do?
Some of the most exciting careers in the world are in science, technology, engineering, and math. Computer scientists, researchers, and engineers are doing just about anything you can imagine: designing roller-coasters, exploring ways to cure disease, working to feed the world, and much more.
In TAME Clubs across Texas, students like you are starting their exciting careers by exploring math, science, engineering and computer science. Students enrolled in TAME Clubs compete in TAME's Divisional and State STEM Competitions and other events including FIRST Robotics, BEST Robotics, Vex, Future City, Code Wars and Rocketry. Your time with a TAME Club is just the beginning.
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TAME Club and Student Registration for 2017-18 School Year
Membership with TAME is a two-part process. First the sponsor completes the annual Club Registration, then the students in their club will be able to complete their Student Registration. Students will be able to register only after the Adult Sponsor registers the TAME Club.
DEADLINE: If you are in grades 6-12 and want to participate in the Divisional or State STEM Competitions, the deadline to register Clubs and Students online is Wednesday, November 15th.
STEP 1 - FOR CLUB SPONSOR:
STEP 2 - FOR STUDENTS:
What is a TAME Club?
A TAME Club is an enrichment program that offers activities and curriculum to support students interested in exploring STEM under the guidance of adult sponsors and student leaders.
TAME clubs are typically sponsored by teachers or community partners and are usually hosted on a school campus. Clubs meet regularly and program activities are designed to increase student skills, awareness of STEM careers and access to role models. TAME volunteers from local universities and corporations support the clubs and serve as role models. Participants compete in the TAME's exclusive Divisional and State STEM Competitions (students must be active members of a registered TAME Club to compete) and are eligible to apply for TAME scholarships.
What are the benefits of joining or starting a TAME Club?
Once registered, teachers and student members have access to:
- Invitations to TAME STEM Competitions for 6-12 graders
- Thousands of hands-on STEM activities and teaching resources
- Classroom visits from engineers, scientists, and more
- Free professional development at events like TAMU’s Teacher Summit, NEED, etc.
- Exclusive TAME Scholarships
- TAME’s Alumni Network to help students find jobs after graduation
What are the requirements to start a TAME Club?
TAME Clubs must:
- Have an adult sponsor (student leaders are optional)
- Have at least eight registered students
- Include students in grades K-12
- Have regularly scheduled meetings in person related to STEM subjects
- Register annually to renew membership
Who can join?
TAME Clubs are inclusive to all students who want to join. Because part of TAME's mission is to promote diversity in STEM careers, we focus recruitment on young women and under-represented minority populations. However, we welcome any student who wants to pursue their interest in STEM. Also, our Club membership is not limited to students in public school; we welcome home schooling networks, community groups, and more.
Remember, you must recruit at least 8 registered students grades 6-12 for your club to receive an invitation to compete.
Your TAME Club must represent a rural area or Title I school (this covers most TAME Clubs, and can be checked under NCES locale code). If you are not a Title I campus AND you are in Austin, DFW, Houston, San Antonio, or the suburbs around these large urban centers, we have some additional criteria:
We welcome all students, but we ask that 50% of the students recruited in these clubs:
- would be part of the first generation in their family to graduate from college
- or would qualify for reduced fees or free/reduced meals
If my older sister/brother finished college, do I still qualify as "part of the first generation in their family to graduate from college"?
Yes. If neither parent/guardian has graduated from college, then you qualify. You and your siblings would be from the first generation in your family to graduate from college.
What if my club is in a major city or suburb, isn't Title I, and doesn't meet the 50% requirement?
We know that some of our existing TAME Clubs won’t yet meet these requirements, and we see this as a big part of the ongoing Design Challenge. If your club doesn't meet the 50% requirement, what specific strategies can we employ to reach more as-yet-underserved students, and bring them into TAME Clubs? If your club doesn't have enough participating students, can you combine resources with other TAME clubs in your area?
This outreach gets to the heart of TAME’s mission, and your help in identifying and implementing these strategies is essential.
What's the best way to recruit new club members?
We encourage recruitment from all backgrounds. Seek out creative students and show them how they can be creative as young engineers. Look for students who want to make a difference and show them how they can help people with a career in STEM. Look for students who might not otherwise end up in a STEM club.
TAME offers posters that you can download and customize. They are designed to print well in both color and black and white so you can copy them easily and post around schools, libraries, and community centers. (We recommend you use a browser such as Chrome or download it to fill out in Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Click here to download Adobe Reader.)
Trailblazer Club Recruitment Poster
I am already in a STEM / Robotics / Rocketry Club. Can I still get involved?
As long as a group meets our requirements, they are eligible to register as a TAME Club. To receive an invitation to participate in STEM Competitions, the clubs will need to meet our criteria.
What does it cost?
TAME Clubs are free to students, parents, and teachers. Learn more about what you can do to ensure our programs remain free for generations to come.
Adult Sponsors can register TAME Clubs throughout the school year. Students can register after the TAME Club has been registered.
DEADLINE to be eligible to compete for grades 6-12:
November 15th - Online Student Registrations due
If students do not wish to participate in the STEM Competitions, TAME Club and Student Registration for the 2017-18 school year will stay open until June 2018.