Texas students TAME Trailblazer Mobile Science Museum

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 30-45 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (512) 471 6100.



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    Trailblazer Trailer visits Deleon Middle School

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    Trailblazer Trailer visits Cannon Elementary

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    Trailblazer on ABC News

The Trailblazer II Mobile Science Museum delivers an exciting experience for students in Pasadena, Texas on August 9th, 2014. Featuring hands-on activities and exhibits that allow students to explore concepts in energy, space, weather, biotechnology, and aerodynamics, the Trailblazer is available to visit schools, libraries, summer camps, and more all across Texas. During the 2012-2013 school year, Trailblazer covered over 17,000 miles to bring the excitement of science to over 21,000 students in urban and rural areas across the Lone Star state. To book your own visit for students grades 3-8, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Trailblazer mobile science museum is a program of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), a non-profit founded in 1976 that empowers all students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). TAME TRAILBLAZER: http://www.tame.org/programs/trailblazer TAME FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TAMESTEM --------- Full credit for this video goes to Pasadena Channel, which is part of the City of Pasadena. PASADENA CHANNEL: http://www.ci.pasadena.tx.us/default.aspx?name=pasadena_channel
This segment about the TAME Trailblazer Space Exhibit was recorded for News 8 Austin. The TAME Trailblazer is a 40-foot mobile science & engineering exhibit with 7 hands-on exhibits. The Trailblazer participated in the 2011 Austin Science & Engineering Festival at the Austin Convention Center.
De Leon Middle School is visited by (T.A.M.E.) The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering Trailblazer trailer, to show students first hand the opportunities in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering brought their "Trailblazer Trailer" to GCISD's STEM campus, Cannon Elementary, to give students a look at the wide world of engineering. Students enjoyed interacting with multiple hands-on stations in the truck and learned about numerous opportunities in the fields of science and engineering.
On Sunday 10/9/11, ABC aired a special on Energy Day 2011. Here is a clip about the TAME Trailblazer that was featured on the special. A special thank you to ABC KTRK-TV Houston for providing TAME with a copy of this clip!


 

Trailblazer Testimonials

"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

 

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STEM Concepts and Exhibits

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




Downloadable Materials

pdfTame Trailblazer Overview