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Seeking a STEM Visionary: TAME is Hiring an Executive Director

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It's an exciting time for STEM and for TAME. The TAME Board announced in early July that the tenure of our Executive Director Savita Raj had come to a close after nine years of inspiring Texas students. You can read her farewell letter and challenge to the TAME family for the future here. Because of this transition, we are seeking a creative visionary and a strategic leader to guide and inspire the organization’s next stage of growth. 

TAME's Board has worked with our Interim Executive Director Sally Blue to develop a job description for the role of Executive Director. Do you know the perfect person to lead the TAME Family into the future? Please help us get the word out!

 

The full description is below. Download the PDF here:  Official Job Description

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Savita's goodbye—help us wish her well!

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See below for Savita's goodbye letter, along with a letter from the Board of Directors about the transition and the future of TAME. Help us wish Savita well on her next adventure by sharing a memory or leaving a note. Know the perfect person to lead the TAME Family into the future? Please see the job posting here.

 

Dear Friends, 

There is no easy way to say goodbye.

After nine years as Executive Director of TAME, it is time for me to step down. Over the next few months the TAME Board of Directors will be considering the future of TAME and STEM education in Texas as they launch a search for my replacement.

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Tocker Foundation Drives Summer STEM Learning Across Texas

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Today marks the start of TAME's 2019 Science Rocks! Summer Library Program! If you wanted to visit each and every participating library, it would take more than 38 hours and 2,247 miles on one epic roadtrip. This year, the furthest distance between two of these libraries is just thirty minutes short of the travel time from El Paso to the Pacific Ocean.

None of this would be possible without the support of the Tocker Foundation, which has generously awarded $50,000 to empower Texan students to drive summer learning for Texas students in science, technology, engineering, and math. The funding delivers TAME's Trailblazer science-on-wheels program to small and rural libraries across Texas this summer.

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Texas Students Go Fishing for STEM Success at 2019 State STEM Competition

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(Huntsville, TX) – How does a whiffle ball lead to a career in engineering? In Huntsville, Texas, aspiring engineers faced a design challenge created by engineers from ConocoPhillips. Based on real-life situations in which wellbores are blocked by material known as “fish,” the challenge was part of the 34th annual State STEM Competition, sponsored by ConocoPhillips and held at the Forest Glen Camp in Huntsville, Texas. Students used paper clips, clay, and other materials to explore methods for removing wellbore blockages.

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Announcing 2019 Hashtag Contest Winners

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(Austin, TX) The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering is pleased to announce the winners of the 1st annual Hashtag Contest for the 2019 TAME State STEM Competition, presented by ConocoPhilips on April 27th in the Houston area. TAME students across Texas submitted hashtag concepts, impressing judges with creativity and hard work.

Congratulations to Laura Thompson of The Science and Engineering Magnet at Townview Center for winning first place in this contest! The top scoring student receives a special invitation to the State STEM Competition. At State Ms. Thompson will awarded a $100 prize onstage. Her hashtags will be featured at the State STEM Competition on the giveaways that will be distributed to hundreds of participants. 

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Halliburton Awards $25K for Texas STEM Students

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner Halliburton has generously awarded $25,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The funding supported test development and the Halliburton Ace Awards for outstanding academic performance at the annual STEM Competitions. Funding also supported the design and installation of a new Thermal Energy Exhibit on TAME’s Trailblazer I, a mobile STEM museum, and the development of bookmarks that highlight concepts in thermal energy.

The Trailblazers are an innovative, inspiring STEM engagement program that reach students across Texas. The annual STEM Competitions prepare students for success in STEM and celebrate student achievement in math, science, and engineering. All TAME programs including the Trailblazers and the STEM Competitions are offered free of cost to participants thanks to the support of sponsors like Halliburton. We are so grateful for the company’s continued support for Texas students, for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Join Halliburton 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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Announcing 2019 T-Shirt Design Contest Winners

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(Austin, TX) The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering is pleased to announce the winners of the 15th annual T-Shirt Design Contest for the 2019 TAME State STEM Competition, presented by ConocoPhilips on April 27th in the Houston area. TAME students across Texas submitted entries for the theme "Powering Civilization," impressing judges with artistic creativity and design.

Congratulations to Han Nguyen of Kerr High School for winning first place in this contest! The top scoring student receives a special invitation to the State STEM Competition. At State Ms. Nguyen will awarded a $100 prize onstage. Her design will be unveiled at the competition, where it will be featured on the t-shirts, event programs and other materials that will be distributed to hundreds of participants. 

ConocoPhillips Strengthens Texas STEM Education Pipeline with $130K

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As we come to the end of Engineering Week, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that longtime donor ConocoPhillips will continue to support the future engineers of Texas. ConocoPhillips has generously awarded $130,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The funding will support all TAME programs, including TAME Scholarships, STEM CompetitionsTrailblazer mobile STEM museums, and Science Squad™ Comic Books. We welcome ConocoPhillips as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2019 State STEM Competition. Thank you 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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How does a sleeping bag... help Texas students see the future?

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Help Texas students sleep well and dream big—donate by midnight on January 31st at tame.org/paypal.

"If you’re a STEM person, everything you love is here. You get to take tests and meet people who have the same interests as you. You get to see what you’re going to be like. When we meet engineers, it gives us ideas of what we want to do and which way we’re going to go." - Isabella S., TAME State STEM participant from Amarillo, Texas

When we ask TAME students about their favorite part of the STEM Competition, we get a lot of great answers. Kids love the challenge and the camaraderie; teachers love the sense of pride that their school and community feel when they send kids to participate. But our favorite response yet was just three words. We asked one student about her favorite part of the Competition, and she said: "Seeing my future."

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 focus a laser beam, 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... 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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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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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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$20K From Hillcrest Foundation Keeps Mobile STEM Museum Rolling

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It takes a lot to keep our mobile Trailblazer museums on the road. Thanks to support from community partners like the Hillcrest Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, every year, our trailers travel 20,000 miles to deliver STEM excitement to Texas students. And just about every day, there's something new to fix: a wobbly handle, a broken axle, a leaking air conditioner, or a torn awning.

We are pleased to announce that the Hillcrest Foundation has generously awarded $20,000 to support repairs and maintenance to the TAME Trailblazers, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to students across the state.

Join the Hillcrest Foundation 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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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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Shell Fuels STEM Education with $90K Grant

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that longtime partner Shell Oil Company has generously awarded $90,000 to empower Texas students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Since its first gift to TAME in 1978, Shell has helped to build a STEM workforce that looks like Texas.

The funding will support all aspects of the TAME Trailblazer Program, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement experience to students. The grant also funded the Outstanding Senior Award at the 2018 State STEM Competition, presented to Brisa Diaz, a high school senior from Everman Joe C. Bean High School in TAME’s Dallas Chapter. Brisa plans to attend The University of Texas at Arlington and pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering this fall.

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$20K from Arconic Foundation Powers Wichita Falls STEM Education

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that longtime partner Arconic Foundation has generously awarded $20,000 to empower Texas students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The funding will support a variety of programs for the Wichita Falls TAME Chapter, such as the 2019 Wichita Falls Divisional STEM Competition, and visits from the TAME Trailblazer mobile STEM museums to schools in Wichita Falls. Since its first gift to TAME in 1985, Arconic Foundation has helped to build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Join Arconic Foundation 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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