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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, 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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Tocker Foundation Delivers Big-Time STEM Excitement to Small and Rural Libraries

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that the Tocker Foundation has generously awarded $50,000 to drive summer learning for Texas students in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The funding will make it possible for TAME's Trailblazer science-on-wheels program to travel to small and rural libraries across Texas this summer. 

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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!    

Rackspace Donates $15K to Bring Trailblazer to “Magnificent 7”

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

The funding will help bring the TAME Trailblazer mobile STEM museum to six elementary and middle schools in San Antonio. The chosen schools are part of the ‘Magnificent 7’ neighborhood schools around the Rackspace San Antonio headquarters.

Join Rackspace 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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Boeing Donates $50K to Support STEM Diversity

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner Boeing has generously awarded $50,000 to empower Texas students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The funding will support TAME's annual STEM Competitions, which celebrate achievement in math, science, and engineering. Students and chaperones pay no fee to participate thanks to sponsorships like this. The funding will also support TAME Trailblazers, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to students across the state. 

Join Boeing 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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Updated Wrap for Trailblazer II Revealed

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to reveal a newly designed wrap for TAME’s Trailblazer II traveling STEM museum. The updated design was produced by Creative Pickle and printed on wrap material donated by longtime partner 3M. It was professionally installed by Alphagraphics.

We are grateful to all the sponsors and supporters who keep the Trailblazers on the road every day and bring hands-on STEM activities to students across Texas.

Join TAME's partners 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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3M Makes Material Difference in STEM Education

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that longtime partner 3M has generously awarded $15,000 to empower Texas students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The funding will support the TAME Trailblazers, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to students. Since its first gift to TAME in 1984, 3M has helped to build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Join 3M 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 Arconic Foundation Powers STEM Education in Wichita Falls

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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, such as STEM Competitions and visits from the TAME Trailblazer mobile science 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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Chevron Phillips Chemical Delivers STEM to Texas Schools

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that partner Chevron Phillips Chemical has generously sponsored 18 days of STEM to empower students in Southeast Texas to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The funding will support Trailblazer traveling science museums, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to Texas students. We are grateful to Chevron Phillips Chemical for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Join Chevron Phillips Chemical 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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Chevron Celebrates Students with $25K for Texas STEM Programs

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

The funding will support Trailblazer mobile science museums and annual STEM Competitions, which celebrate achievement in math, science, and engineering. Students and chaperones pay no fee to participate thanks to sponsorships like this. We are grateful to Chevron for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.

Join Chevron 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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