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Your STEM Competition prep game just got stronger.

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If you and your students have spent any time preparing for the Divisional and State Competition math and science tests, chances are you’ve wished you had a real test or two to refer to. We’re happy to announce that your wish is granted! TAME is releasing the competition tests from the 2018 Divisional and State STEM Competitions. These are the real tests that students took while competing.

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You Can Make TAME Students Smile

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The State STEM Competition camp overnight is around the corner, and we're all Smiles! A BIG THANK YOU to Nicky and Jayme of Smiles of Austin for generously donating toothbrushes and toothpaste to keep participants' teeth happy. If you want to get in on the happiness, we're looking for a few more items to help make the STEM Competition a success. We'd welcome donations of 400 of any of the following: sleeping bags, blankets, toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant), socks, and personal medical/first aid kits. If you can help with any of these items, please call the TAME office at (512) 471-6100 or programs@tame.org . As always, thank you for supporting Texas students — and for making us smile!    
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No easy answers – but 3 big new experiments!

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What's the most important part of engineering?

It just might be asking questions. This year, as always, we asked our teachers, volunteers, and board members to give us feedback on TAME programs. We received 76 impassioned responses to the end of year survey, and the message is clear: TAME programs are working, but we need to make some refinements.

Here’s what we took away from 76 responses: first, how can we keep the State STEM Competitions going? Second, what test structure will be most effective for the Divisional and State STEM Competitions? And third, how can we make sure that TAME programs focus most on underserved students, even as we welcome all interested students to participate?

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Texas Students Win Big at STEM Competition

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Students from Engineering Design Challenge Team 33, "Three Musketeers," won the Special Award for Creativity at the 2017 State STEM Competition in San Antonio, Texas. The six team members represented six different TAME Chapters: Amarillo, Dallas, East Texas, Gulf Coast (Houston), Lubbock, and Wichita Falls. In alphabetical order: Andrea Ruedas, Markalen Watson, Joseph Nagera, Ashley Evans, Gabriela Garcia, and Jann Cabudoy. 

La Villita Historic District Welcomes Wind Turbines (Temporarily)

 

(San Antonio, TX) – La Villita Assembly Building in San Antonio’s historic Riverwalk district welcomes all kinds of crowds, from sports fans to wedding parties. On Saturday, April 8th, 2017, however, the building played host to something new: wind turbines.

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Volunteer at the 2017 State STEM Competition

How many engineers does it take to launch a career in aeronautics?   Sometimes it just takes one. Volunteer at the 2017 State STEM Competition and help Texas students take off!

How many engineers does it take to launch a career in aeronautics?

Sometimes it just takes one.

Volunteer at the 2017 State STEM Competition and help Texas students take off!

The 2017 State STEM Competition is right around the corner, and we're calling all San Antonio-area engineers and other STEM professionals to join in. Competition volunteers play a critical role in the competition experience. Not only do they help the event run smoothly, they show kids what engineers (and geologists and pre-med students and biologists and mathematicians) look like in real life.
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Super Bowl Science Brings 12,000 Visitors to Trailblazer

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Football aside, there was lots to do at Super Bowl Live, a 10-day event held at Discovery Green in downtown Houston: the event offered family-friendly exhibits, performances, food, and a virtual reality trip to Mars. Even in this context, the Trailblazer, a mobile science museum, got a lot of attention.

Thanks to support from Raytheon, the Trailblazer, a flagship program of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), welcomed visitors for all 10 days of the event. Over 12,000 people stepped onboard (a few at a time!) to explore the Trailblazer’s hands-on exhibits on space, aeronautics, weather, energy, and biotechnology.

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Texas Students Shine at 31st Annual State STEM Competition

The 31st annual State STEM Competition for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) was sponsored by Boeing and held at the Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus on Saturday, April 30, 2016.


(San Antonio, TX) – The 31st annual State STEM Competition for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) was sponsored by Boeing and held at the Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

The event, offered free of cost to participants, brought together 283 high-achieving students from across Texas, who traveled 7,174 miles to compete. TAME students from grades 6-12 qualified to attend the State STEM Competition at Divisional events hosted by the Chapters. This year's Divisional STEM Competition season saw a record-breaking number of participants1,548 students competing across 13 different chapters. View Divisional results here.

 

At the State level, students competed in individual, timed math and science tests and in teams for an engineering design challenge. The top five students in each test received awards. The top five teams in the engineering design challenge were also recognized. In addition, three teams received special awards for design, creativity and teamwork. All winners were honored with trophies or medals and all participants received a variety of door prizes and giveaways thanks to generous sponsorships. View State results here.

 

One student, Lily Hernandez of the Lubbock Chapter, received the Outstanding Student Award sponsored by Shell Oil Company. Another student, Eunsuh Cho of the Capital Area Chapter, received recognition and $100 for winning the Boeing "Build Something Better" T-Shirt Design Contest. 


“Long-term engagement really does make a difference for students,” said TAME’s Executive Director, Savita Raj. “TAME’s afterschool clubs and STEM Competitions have been encouraging students to explore college and careers in STEM for almost 40 years. The clubs and competitions have an immediate impact and a life-long impact. It’s wonderful when a student says 'I’m seeing my future' at the end of a STEM Competition, and it’s wonderful that 100% of the high-school seniors at the STEM Competitions plan to go to college this year.”

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Harnessing Brain Power in Odessa


TAME Teacher and Alumnus Jeff Vann helps an Odessa student at UTPB Academy learn to use power tools
TAME Teacher and Alumnus Jeff Vann helps a student at UTPB Academy learn to use power tools in a class engineering project. 


"I remember being in school and feeling like there was a stigma on the smart kids. Even now, kids feel like it’s not okay to be the smart kid in the class, or that there’s not a reason to excel. TAME programs show kids that it’s okay to be smart, and that you get to do cool stuff when you’re a smart kid."

Jeff Vann is a TAME Alumnus and Teacher who brings science and engineering to students at the UTPB STEM Academy in TAME's West Texas Chapter.  His TAME Club students are known as the Noisy Nerdles.

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Former TAME Student Becomes International Champion of STEM Education

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Katrieva Jones Monroe, standing center, goes over the lesson on designing a computer flight simulator at her 2010 Educators with a Purpose day camp. Photo by Tim Fischer/Midland Reporter-Telegram.


TAME Alumna:

"TAME really built me. They gave me a solid foundation. For the first time in my life, I saw where I could fit in. I didn’t have to be an athlete participating in athletic competitions. I could be an academic competitor."


Katrieva Jones-Munroe is the Department Chair of Computer Science at Odessa College, a Fulbright Scholar, and a member of the United Nations Youth - Science & Technology Delegation in Libya. She is also a former TAME Club member.


How did you get involved with TAME?

When I was growing up, I didn’t know where I fit in. It seemed as though everyone in my community in Midland was an athlete. I thought that’s what I had to be. I tried out for cheerleading, baseball and basketball and never made the team because I was horrible.

When I was a sophomore in high school, a group of minority engineers came to our school and told us about TAME. At the time, the phrase "minorities in engineering" meant nothing to us. This was the early 90’s, before cell phones, and technology to us was a foreign concept. The TAME engineers invited us to an open house where they explained the purpose of TAME, which was to expose us to the various areas of engineering, create outreach opportunities that would showcase the advantages of achieving a college degree, and offer academic competitions that would allow us to earn scholarships.
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Janice Trees, What's the Buzz About San Angelo TAME?

Janice Trees, What's the Buzz About San Angelo TAME?

Pictured above (from left): computer science educator Brian Beck, TAME Chapter Coordinator Janice Trees, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts educator Beckah Coleman, and 4H parent volunteer Annette Guerrero.


“It’s great that we can get our students involved. They’re needed. We don’t want to lose our kids to the big city. We’d like them to stay in the area and live and work and keep the economy vibrant.”


Janice Trees is the Chapter Coordinator for TAME's newest Chapter in San Angelo, and a parent leader for the TAME/Tom Green County 4H science program. 

There’s a lot of buzz about the San Angelo TAME club.  What’s it all about? 

The San Angelo TAME club provides opportunities for learning and leadership for students in San Angelo and the surrounding areas.  We try to give kids a taste of everything -- science, engineering, rocketry, art, bio-medicine, even earthquakes! 

It’s the perfect time for this kind of program.  The engineering and energy industry is booming out here.  The population is growing and we see trucks coming in from all over.  Angelo State University will start offering a civil engineering degree program next year and in 2016 they will break ground on

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Teacher's View: Why Does Dixie Ross Love TAME?

Teacher's View: Why Does Dixie Ross Love TAME?
"My former student brought along a note that I had written twenty years earlier listing everyone who had signed up for our field trip...until [then], I had no idea of the impact this TAME field trip had on those kids.Now, they're all thriving professionals who feel a responsibility to pay forward the opportunity that they were given." Dixie Ross is a high school teacher, a  TAME Club sponsor at Pflugerville High School, and a 2011 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching . For over 30 years, she has taught mathematics, including Advanced Placement Calculus, to students who come primarily from low-income, rural, and minority backgrounds. What kind of impact do TAME programs have on your students? Recently, at a breakfast for TAME leadership, I was proud to sit with one of my former members who is now a TAME corporate sponsor. He became a father and a husband...
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