To enable Texas students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by:
- Creating partnerships among educators, industry, government and families to inform, educate and motivate students
- Implementing classroom and extra-curricular programs and activities
- Focusing on populations that remain underrepresented in fields of STEM
- Promoting diversity in STEM careers
Let's build a Texas workforce that looks like Texas.
Since 1976, TAME has been working to build a strong STEM workforce that reflects Texas: more women and more minorities contributing to their communities and to the world through STEM careers.
In 1974, fewer than 20% of the nation's practicing engineers were women or minorities. TAME's founders, a small group of industry and academic leaders, recognized this inequality as a problem both for their professions and their communities. Identifying a lack of awareness of STEM opportunities and poor pre-college preparation as likely causes, they started an informal outreach program in Dallas to encourage and support females and minorities in STEM education and careers.
By 1975, TAME had formed local alliances in the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, and TAME was granted its 501(c)(3) status in early 1976. TAME Chapters now offer locally relevant programs to engage, retain and encourage students in STEM in over 65 school districts in the following areas: Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont/Golden Triangle, Dallas, East Texas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston/Gulf Coast, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, Presidio, San Angelo, San Antonio, the Valley, and Wichita Falls.
Over the past thirty years, we've reached hundreds of thousands of students through comprehensive statewide programs that motivate, inspire and prepare K-12 students to pursue careers in STEM fields. While TAME programs are open to everyone, we target female, Hispanic, African American, and Native American students.
TAME programs depend on the support of over 800 volunteers from local STEM industries, schools, libraries, and communities. The TAME state office is staffed by one full-time Executive Director and three full-time Program Coordinators. In addition, TAME contracts with two Facilitators to deliver the TAME Trailblazer Program. The TAME Board of Directors, made up of representatives from STEM-related industries and academic institutions, actively oversees and monitors the organization and its programs. TAME receives financial support from the private sector, local communities, and matching funds from the State of Texas.
Every year, the TAME Trailblazers travel over 20,000 miles around Texas, sharing our math and science exhibits with more than 20,000 students and engaging the help of more than 800 volunteers. The results speak for themselves: at the 2014 STEM Competitions held across Texas, 100% of participating students -- more than 70% Hispanic or African-American and 45% female -- were going to college, with 50% of seniors going into engineering and 90% into STEM!
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