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 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. Educators are provided with follow-up materials.

For scheduling and cost information, please contact the Trailblazer Program Coordinator at trailblazer@tame.org or at (512) 471 6100. See below for more about our Summer Library Program and our Family STEM Night grants.


TAME's Trailblazer I mobile science museum races across Texas to deliver hair-raising experiences in science!

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    Trailblazer Introduction

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    Trailblazer Overview

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    Students Explore Museum on Wheels

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    Austin Engineering and Science Festival

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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 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). 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 20,000 students in urban and rural areas across the Lone Star state. To book your own visit for students grades 3-8, email trailblazer@tame.org. TAME TRAILBLAZER: http://www.tame.org/programs/trailblazer TAME FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TAMESTEM
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 trailblazer@tame.org. 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!




Follow-up Materials for Home and Classroom 

TAME provides host schools, libraries, and organizations with digital follow-up curriculum for educators to use in the classroom. In 2016, TAME received funding from partner Shell Oil Company to provide take-home bookmarks for students to share with friends and family. Each bookmark corresponds to one of the five different concept areas (Aerodynamics, Biotechnology/Medicine, Energy, Space, and Weather), highlights a STEM career, and shares a simple hands-on science activity to try at home.

Students are also encouraged to visit TAME.org/Play to explore in-depth science, play STEM games, view immersive 360° Virtual Reality videos, try engineering projects, and learn more about the Grand Challenges of engineering that humanity will face in the next 100 years.


Visit TAME.org/Play to explore in-depth science, play STEM games, view immersive 360° Virtual Reality videos, try engineering projects, and learn more about the Grand Challenges of engineering that humanity will face in the next 100 years.



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 

TAME works hard to keep both Trailblazer mobile STEM museums up-to-date. We focus on exhibits that feature hands-on science and provide scripts to help volunteers talk with students about career opportunities. The exhibits are sorted into five different concept areas: Aerodynamics, Biotechnology/Medicine, Energy, Space, and Weather.

See below for more information on some of our past and present exhibits that make a Trailblazer visit an experience to remember.


Exhibit Area: Aerodynamics
  • Concepts: Bernoulli’s Principle, Aerodynamic Shapes, Turbulence, Civil Engineering
  • Trailblazer I: Wind Tunnels, Turbulence Interactives, Bernoulli’s Principle, Videos
  • Trailblazer II: Wind Tunnels, Airfoil Interactive, Paper Airplanes, Bernoulli’s Principle, Videos


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  trailblazermuseumdisplays tame aero bernoullisprinciple  trailblazermuseumdisplays tame aero bridgevswind

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Exhibit Area: Bio Technology/Medicine

  • Concepts: Pathogens, Bones, Body Temperature, X-Rays, Robotics & Surgery, Genetics
  • Trailblazer I: Stethoscope, Pulse Oximeter, MRI, CT Scans, X-Rays, Microscopes, Digital Thermometer
  • Trailblazer II: Robotic Surgery, Chromatography, Genetic Mutation, Hi-Def Microscope, Videos

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Exhibit Area: Energy

  • Concepts: Conservation, transformation and transmission of energy, power generation, alternative energy sources
  • Trailblazer I: Hand crank generator for Wind Generator, Energy Sticks, Van de Graaff Generator, Radiometer, Solar cell, Videos
  • Trailblazer II: Bicycle wheel generator for Energy Bicycle, Energy Sticks, Insulation, Radiometer, Solar Energy, Wind Generator, Videos

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Exhibit Area: Space

  • Concepts: Space flight, gravity, propulsion, working in space, impact of solar activity on earth, NASA products in everyday life
  • Trailblazer I: Rescue the Satellite Robotic Arm, Relative Gravity Demonstration, Videos
  • Trailblazer II: Thermal Imaging, How Much Does It Weigh? Gravity Demonstration, Solar Flare, Videos

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Exhibit Area: Weather

  • Concepts: Weather forecasting, predictive technology, science of tornadoes, lightning and electricity
  • Trailblazer I: Green Screen Weather Forecasting, Tornado Tube, Weather Station, Plasma Ball, Videos
  • Trailblazer II: Green Screen Weather Forecasting, Tornado Tube, Paleoclimatology, Weather Station, Plasma Ball, Van de Graaff Generator, Videos

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Family STEM Event Grants

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
    • Prizes
    • Refreshments
    • Printing of marketing materials (invitations, flyers, programs, etc.)

Grant Applications Now Closed

Applications for mini-grants are currently closed. 

For more information about other grant opportunities and applications, please contact the TAME State Office here.

 


 Science Rocks! Summer Library Program

In recent years, thanks to generous donations from the Tocker Foundation, TAME has been pleased to offer free summertime Trailblazer visits to small libraries across Texas. The Trailblazer typically visits 40 libraries between May – August, continuing the successful annual 'Science Rocks!' summer program. TAME launched the program in summer 2012 in collaboration with Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide (CTLS), and funding from the Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission. Thanks to the Tocker Foundation, in 2016 the program entered its 5th year, bringing 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  

Libraries serving under 12,500 patrons are eligible to apply.  



How to Apply 

Applications are currently closed. If this sounds like a program you would like to bring to your community, free of charge, please check back in March or April for updates.

For more information about other grant opportunities and applications, please contact the TAME State Office here.


Downloadable Materials


Download an overview and a customizable poster to help advertise Trailblazer visits which are open to the public: 

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pdfTAME Trailblazer Overview 
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pdfTAME 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.