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How does a sleeping bag... lead to innovative industries?

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Help Texas students sleep well and dream big—donate at tame.org/paypal.

"We need all the engineers we can get." Gregg Rice, 3M

Workforce diversity is a worthwhile investment. According to recent research, mixed gender teams achieve 40% more patents than all-male teams, while gender diversity at the management level results in a $42 million increase in the value of S&P 500 firms. And that’s just gender! How do we connect our many bright students to opportunities in STEM industries? It turns out that a sleeping bag – and other measures to include students from diverse backgrounds – is part of the answer.

When TAME students collaborate on an engineering design challenge, they’re not thinking about gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic differences. They’re thinking about how to wrap a fuselage, how to maximize wing span, or whether a spitball can qualify as an air-powered vehicle. They’re thinking like engineers.

Our mission is to keep Texas students focused on the big picture. Every year, the State STEM Competition brings students from across Texas together to celebrate academic achievement. The Engineering Design Challenges and math and science tests build confidence, teach teamwork, and connect students to a supportive peer group.

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How does a sleeping bag connect a Texas student... to an exoskeleton?

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TAME Ambassador Taylor Johnson joined a TAME club in 7th grade. She’s now majoring in biomedical engineering. We’re proud of her – and we’re happy to see that even a hi-tech arm can use a little blue tape.

When TAME students like Taylor collaborate on an engineering design challenge, they’re not thinking about gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic differences. They’re thinking about how to make a robotic hand, how to maximize wing span, or whether a spitball can qualify as an air-powered vehicle. They’re thinking like engineers.

Our mission is to keep Texas students focused on the big picture. Every year, the State STEM Competition brings students from across Texas together to celebrate academic achievement. The Engineering Design Challenges and math and science tests build confidence, teach teamwork, and connect students to a supportive peer group.

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How does a sleeping bag… make a wind turbine spin?

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Help Texas students sleep well and dream big—donate at tame.org/paypal.

When TAME students collaborate on an engineering design challenge, they’re not thinking about gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic differences. They’re thinking about how to make a better wind turbine, how to maximize wing span, or whether a spitball can qualify as an air-powered vehicle. They’re thinking like engineers.

Our mission is to keep Texas students focused on the big picture. Every year, the State STEM Competition brings students from across Texas together to celebrate academic achievement. The Engineering Design Challenges and math and science tests build confidence, teach teamwork, and connect students to a supportive peer group.

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State STEM Update: Ziplines, Event Conflict, & 11/7 Deadline

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Ready, set – register your TAME Club!

The 34th annual State STEM Competition, presented by ConocoPhillips, is scheduled for April 27th, 2019 in the greater Houston area.

To participate, please register your TAME Club (tame.org/club2018) and students (tame.org/student2018) by 11:59 pm on November 7th. Clubs and students must register every year to participate in the Divisional & State STEM Competitions.

Fourteen Divisional STEM Competitions will be held around the state in January and February of 2019, and high-achieving participants from each of these qualifying events will be invited to attend the State Competition in April 2019.

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TAME Engineering Adventure: Wind Turbine State Challenge

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Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures!  Our goal is to help you challenge your students with hands-on learning. 

Wind it up! This Engineering Adventure is to design and build the rotor for a wind turbine. We're offering a classroom adaptation of the Engineering Design Challenge from the 32nd Annual TAME State STEM Competition sponsored by Boeing and hosted by CPS Energy at La Villita Assembly Building in downtown San Antonio, Texas on April 8th, 2017.

It's a great way to get your TAME Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions.

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Marathon Oil Donates $10K for San Antonio STEM Competition

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner Marathon Oil has generously awarded $10,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. 

The funding sponsored the 2018 San Antonio Divisional STEM Competition. Learn more about our annual STEM Competitions, which celebrate achievement in math, science, and engineering. Students and chaperones pay no fee to participate thanks to sponsorships like this.

Join Marathon Oil in making a difference. Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help make sure TAME programs stay free for all Texas students.

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Newsletter: Dates for Divisionals, Official Tests, & Kahoot!

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Seven weeks left to register TAME Clubs and students! September's newsletter covers official tests and new Kahoot! quizzes to help TAME Clubs prepare for STEM Competitions. See also an article on a featured TAME Club and the updated list of Divisional STEM Competition dates.

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STEM club creates opportunities for underrepresented groups

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by Isabella Bradberry, News Editor of the Panther Prowler of Pflugerville High School

 

The TAME meeting filled the entire lecture hall with students. The guest speaker, an entrepreneur, brought in a device that connected the optic nerves of the student who wore it, allowing researchers to test how well these nerves functioned for the student.

Guest speakers from professional industries are one of the many opportunities offered to TAME club members. The mission of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering is to increase the number of underrepresented groups in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.

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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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Lockheed Martin Donates $15K to Support STEM Programs

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner Lockheed Martin has generously awarded $15,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. 

The funding will sponsor the 2019 Fort Worth Divisional STEM Competition and support the TAME Trailblazers, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to students at schools in Grand Prairie, Texas. Learn more about our annual STEM Competitions, which celebrate achievement in math, science, and engineering. Students and chaperones pay no fee to participate thanks to sponsorships like this.

Join Lockheed Martin in making a difference. Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help make sure TAME programs stay free for all Texas students.

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Newsletter: Save the Dates + STEM Icebreakers + engineering activities

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You won't want to miss this newsletter--we're sharing registration deadlines and competition dates so you can plan ahead for your school year!

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Lockheed Martin Launches Texas Careers with $35K for STEM Competitions

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that longtime partner Lockheed Martin has generously awarded $35,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. 

The funding supported the 2018 State STEM Competition, which celebrated achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math. Lockheed's support helped keep the annual event completely free for all students, and for the more than 75 teachers who chaperoned them. Since the competition was hosted at a camp, Lockheed funds were used to provide sleeping bags for all students. Removing financial barriers to participation is a key focus of the STEM Competitions. Lockheed's support helps students focus on what matters: learning.

Join Lockheed Martin in making a difference. Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help make sure TAME programs stay free for all Texas students.

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ConocoPhillips Awards $80K to Strengthen Texas STEM Education Pipeline

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner ConocoPhillips has generously awarded $80,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The funding will support a variety of programs, such as STEM Competitions, TAME Scholarships, and Trailblazer mobile STEM museums. We are grateful to ConocoPhillips for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Join ConocoPhillips in making a difference. Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help make sure TAME programs stay free for all Texas students.

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Texas Students Show Laser Focus at 2018 State STEM Competition

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(Anna, TX) – What could you do with a bakery box, a laser beam, six lenses and an hour? Students from across Texas were presented with this challenge on Saturday, April 28th, as part of the 33rd annual TAME State STEM Competition, sponsored by Raytheon, hosted at YMCA Collin County Adventure Camp in Anna, Texas. Students used the supplies to focus and diffuse a laser beam during the Engineering Design Challenge segment of the competition. 

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Announcing 2018 T-Shirt Design Contest Winners

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Winners Announced for 2018 T-Shirt Design Contest


(Austin, TX) The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering is pleased to announce the winners of the 14th annual T-Shirt Design Contest for the 2018 TAME State STEM Competition, presented by Raytheon on April 28th in the DFW area. TAME students across Texas submitted a record number of entries for the theme "Ideas in Orbit," impressing judges with artistic creativity and design.

Congratulations to Ivye Blythe Arioja Dolino of Presidio High School and the Presidio Rocketry and Robotics TAME Club for becoming the first student from TAME's West Texas Chapter to win first place in this contest! The top scoring student receives a special invitation to the State STEM Competition. At State Ms. Dolino will awarded a $100 prize onstage. Her design will be unveiled on the day of the event, where it will be featured on the t-shirts, event programs and other materials that will be distributed to hundreds of participants. 

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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!    

2018 TAME Wichita Falls STEM Competition Results

2018 TAME Wichita Falls STEM Competition Results



(Wichita Falls, TX) – The 2018 TAME Wichita Falls STEM Competition was hosted at the Wichita Falls Career Education Center on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The event, offered free of cost to participants, brought together more than 75 student competitors (grades 6-12) from across the region.

Students competed in individual math and science tests and as part of a team to solve an Engineering Design Challenge. This year's challenge was developed by engineers from Raytheon. The top six finishers in each test and the top three teams from the Engineering Design Challenge were recognized. Three teams also received a special Judges' Choice Award for creative problem solving. One student from each grade level was recognized as the Ace Award Winner for the highest combined math and science score.

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2018 TAME Gulf Coast STEM Competition Results

2018 TAME Gulf Coast STEM Competition Results



(Houston, TX) – The 2018 TAME Gulf Coast STEM Competition was hosted by The University of Houston on Saturday, February 17, 2018. The event, offered free of cost to participants, brought together more than 125 student competitors (grades 6-12) from across the region.

Students competed in individual math and science tests and as part of a team to solve an Engineering Design Challenge. This year's challenge was developed by engineers from Raytheon. The top six finishers in each test and the top three teams from the Engineering Design Challenge were recognized. One team also received a special Judges' Choice Award for creative problem solving. One student from each grade level was recognized as the Ace Award Winner for the highest combined math and science score.

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2018 TAME San Antonio STEM Competition Results

2018 TAME San Antonio STEM Competition Results



(San Antonio, TX) – The 2018 TAME San Antonio STEM Competition was hosted at St. Philip's College MLK Campus  on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The event, offered free of cost to participants, brought together more than 140 student competitors (grades 6-12) from across the region.

Students competed in individual math and science tests and as part of an Engineering Design Challenge. This year's challenge was developed by engineers from Raytheon. The top six finishers in each test and the top three teams from the Engineering Design Challenge were recognized. One team also received a special Judges' Choice Award for creative problem solving. One student from each grade level was recognized as the Ace Award Winner for the highest combined math and science score.

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2018 TAME Lubbock STEM Competition Results

2018 TAME Lubbock STEM Competition Results



(Lubbock, TX) – The 2018 TAME Lubbock STEM Competition was hosted by Texas Tech University on Monday, February 26, 2018. The event, offered free of cost to participants, brought together more than 135 student competitors (grades 6-12) from across the region.

Students competed in individual math and science tests and as part of a team to solve an Engineering Design Challenge. This year's challenge was developed by engineers from Raytheon. The top six finishers in each test and the top three teams from the Engineering Design Challenge were recognized. One team also received a special Judges' Choice Award for creative problem solving. One student from each grade level was recognized as the Ace Award Winner for the highest combined math and science score.

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