We race across Texas to deliver hair-raising experiences in science.
"On behalf of our faculty and students I would like to thank you and the members of your organization for the Trailblazer visit... Our students had a blast!!! I am confident that the exhibit was a powerful tool in making our students aware of the importance of engineering and its practical applications. It’s always good for students to realize how cool science actually is."
-- Gene Beyer, Science Coordinator, McMullen County ISD
TAME's traveling Trailblazers are one-of-a-kind science museums-on-wheels. Exciting, hands-on exhibits teach students about energy, space, weather, biotechnology, and aerodynamics while also introducing them to educational and career opportunities in STEM.
Exhibits are mapped to science TEKS for grades 3-8, and teachers receive pre-visit activities and follow-up materials to sustain student interest long after the Trailblazer drives off campus. Each Trailblazer, housed in a 40-foot trailer can accommodate 30 students at a time. Students take at least 35-45 minutes per group, and about 200 students can visit each trailer per day. The hosting organization provides a minimum of five volunteers. A TAME Trailblazer Facilitator delivers the Trailblazer and trains volunteers.
For scheduling and cost information, please contact the Trailblazer Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (512) 471 6100. See below for more about our Summer Library Program and our Family STEM Night grants.
Students Explore Museum on Wheels
Austin Engineering and Science Festival
Trailblazer Trailer visits Deleon Middle School
Trailblazer Trailer visits Cannon Elementary
Trailblazer on ABC News
"To say that our 200+ fifth graders here at E. S. Richardson Elementary enjoyed the TAME mobile science lab would be an understatement. What a wonderful concept, a traveling field trip that comes to us. The benefits our children received are just too numerous to list, but the exposure to so many science concepts that were hands on made their time out of the classroom worthwhile. Anyone within a mile of our school probably wondered 'what in the world was going on.' Fun and excitement and all about science. Thank you again."
-- Ms. Oreata M. Banks and the Richardson students & staff
"We especially appreciate the opportunity afforded to our students... Students were able to hear their heart beat for the first time... The electricity generator exhibit was very relevant to their current topic in class, namely energy transformation and forms of energy."
-- Ms. O'Dell Thomas, Principal, Young Women's College Prep Academy
"Supporting this just started as an opportunity for me to get out of the box, however, it was much more than I expected. The trailer that you all are using was really well done (quality work), and a very comfortable environment for handling so many kids and adults. All of the stations were fully functional and interesting in terms of relevant/current technological interests. Mr. Willis was great to talk with; he’s very knowledgeable and made every one of us feel comfortable in presenting the stations. I was really proud to be a part of the TAME effort; to encourage kids when they’re young – possibly being part of a memory that influenced their moving along in a good direction."
-- John Lumpkin, Boeing employee who volunteered as a Trailblazer docent
"The event was fantastic! From start to finish, it was a quality production, and I am SO glad we were able to offer this to our community. As they were coming out of the exhibit, I heard several kids discussing how cool it was. It is always heartwarming when kids spontaneously promote events to other kids. That’s when you KNOW it was a success! Thanks SO much to TAME and to all the underwriters. This is such a worthwhile investment!"
-- Librarian, from the Science Rocks! event
Exhibit Area: Energy
- Concepts: Conservation, transformation and transmission of energy, power generation, alternative energy sources
- Trailblazer I: Hand crank generator, Energy tubes, Energy transmission demonstration, Radiometer, Solar cell, Videos
- Trailblazer II: Bicycle wheel generator, Energy tubes, Energy transmission demonstration, Radiometer, Solar cell, Wind turbine, Videos
Exhibit Area: Space
- Concepts: Space flight, gravity, propulsion, working in space, impact of solar activity on earth, NASA products in everyday life
- Trailblazer I: Robotic arm, Relative Gravity Demonstration, Ion powered rocket engine, Microgravity, Videos
- Trailblazer II: Thermal Imaging, Relative Gravity Demonstration, Solar Flare, Videos
Exhibit Area: Bio Technology/Medicine
- Concepts: Pathogens, Bones, Body Temperature, X-Rays, Robotics & Surgery
- Trailblazer I: Stethoscope, Pulse Oximeter, MRI, X-Rays, Microscopes
- Trailblazer II: Robotic arm, Chromatography, Genetic Mutation, Hi-Def Microscope, Videos
Exhibit Area: Weather
- Concepts: Weather forecasting, Predictive Technology, Science of Tornadoes
- Trailblazer I: Televised Weather Forecasting, Tornado Chamber, Plasma Ball, Videos
- Trailblazer II: Televised Weather Forecasting, Tornado Chamber, Hindcasting, Plasma Ball, Videos
Exhibit Area: Aerodynamics
- Concepts: Bernoulli’s Principle, Aerodynamic Shapes, Civil Engineering
- Trailblazer I: Wind Tunnels, Turbulence Interactives, Bernoulli’s Experiment, Videos
- Trailblazer II: Wind Tunnels, Airfoil Interactive, Bernoulli’s Experiment, Videos
Science Rocks! 2016 Summer Library Program
With a recent generous donation of $70,000 from the Tocker Foundation, TAME is pleased to offer another summer of free Trailblazer visits to small libraries across Texas. The Trailblazer will visit 40 libraries between May 31, 2016 – August 19, 2016 continuing the successful annual 'Science Rocks!' summer program. In collaboration with Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide (CTLS), and funding from the Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission, the program was launched in Summer 2012. Thanks to the Tocker Foundation, the program enters its 5th year, bring hands-on, fun STEM programs to communities across Texas.
"We loved having the Trailblazer. 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."
-- Wendy Turner, Library Director
Eligibility and How to Apply
Libraries serving under 12,500 patrons are eligible to apply. If this sounds like a program you would like to bring to your community, free of charge, please submit an application by Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Applicants will be notified of status by mid-May.
TAME Tocker Application 2016
For more information about other grant opportunities and applications, please contact the TAME State Office here.
With generous funding support from TAME's Partners, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) may offer mini-grants for schools, libraries, and communities to develop and execute an engaging Family STEM Event. These mini-grants may be awarded to schools that develop programs that encourage community interaction, highlight student exploration of and generate excitement in STEM, and promote a greater appreciation for math and science.
A free TAME Trailblazer visit is included as part of every mini-grant awarded.
Mini-Grant Award details:
- A free TAME Trailblazer visit to your Family STEM Event
- Access to engaging science activities in the Curiosity Machine
- Cash award (up to $750) that may be used to pay for:
- Science and math equipment or consumables used in family activities
- Exhibitors or presenters fees
- Printing of marketing materials (invitations, flyers, programs, etc.)
Boeing Grant Now Closed
TAME partner Boeing recently awarded funding to TAME to help Texas schools invest in their community by hosting a Family STEM Event. Applications for this mini-grant are now closed. Grant recipients will be notified in mid-May.
For more information about other grant opportunities and applications, please contact the TAME State Headquarters here.
Download an overview and a customizable poster to help advertise Trailblazer visits which are open to the public:
TAME Trailblazer Overview
TAME Trailblazer Public Event Poster
For more information about our past or future Trailblazer visits, or to learn more about how you can help sponsor visits and Family STEM Nights, please contact our TAME State Office.