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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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Introducing Astra Zeno, TAME Board Teacher Representative

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"As a former TAME student who went on to receive two engineering degrees, I am PASSIONATE about the TAME mission. One of my primary reasons for entering the education field was to create partnerships that would make STEM careers more accessible to those who remain underrepresented in STEM."

TAME is pleased to celebrate World Teachers Day by introducing Astra Zeno, the newest Teacher Representative on the TAME Board. Astra is a TAME alumna and engineer who now teaches at Young Women's College Preparatory Academy in Houston. Her students at the YWCPA sent the excellent math pun thank-you card pictured here to TAME donors who supported the school last year, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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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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21 Ideas for Recruiting Diverse Students into STEM Clubs

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Kick off your school year with these 21 recruitment strategies from educators around Texas who have adapted our free TAME Club program to meet the needs of their schools, libraries, home-school groups, and communities. 

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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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TAME Scholarship Winners Announced for 2018

TAME Scholarship Winners Announced for 2018

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce the winners of our 2018 TAME Scholarships.

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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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TAME Scholarship Applications Now Open

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Calling all TAME graduating seniors!


TAME Freshman Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now open. Applications, documentation, and letters of recommendation from TAME Club Sponsors are due to the TAME State Office no later than 11:59p on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018.

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Students submit one application to be considered for the following scholarships offered by TAME’s higher education and corporate partners:

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Newsletter: State Announcement + Registration Closing Soon!

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"LESS THAN ONE WEEK LEFT to Register Clubs & Students!"

November's newsletter focuses on the deadlines for TAME Club and Student Registration, plus announcements about the State STEM Competition and the schedule for Divisionals. 

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Announcing the 2018 State STEM Competition

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering is pleased to announce that the TAME Board has approved the 2018 State STEM Competition!

Every year, TAME brings together students to compete and celebrate achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). During a STEM Competition, students participate in both a math and a science test, and then team up to solve real-world engineering problems in a timed Engineering Design Challenge. This announcement comes as part of a two-year pilot project for TAME's STEM Competitions, developed in response to a number of logistical challenges. Read more about the decision-making process and refinements to TAME programs here

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Thank You

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The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) received a wonderful thank you card in the mail recently from a TAME Club at Young Women's College Preparatory Academy with Houston Independent School District. One and a half months after Hurricane Harvey, they are busy registering their students to take part in this year's activities and are looking forward to the STEM Competition.

TAME is grateful to all the donors who made it possible for school supplies to reach students and teachers affected by Hurricane Harvey. The generosity of the TAME family has been inspiring.

Join TAME in making a difference: tame.org/donate

#LonestarSTEM #TexasSTEM #TexasStrong #HarveyRelief

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Club & Student Registration Now Open

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TAME Club and Student Registration are now open for the 2017-18 School Year!

Membership with TAME is a two-part process. First the sponsor completes the annual Club Registration, then the students in their club will be able to complete their Student Registration. 

Students will be able to register only after the Adult Sponsor registers the TAME Club.

DEADLINE: If you are in grades 6-12 and want to participate in the Divisional or State STEM Competitions, the deadline to register Clubs and Students online is Wednesday, November 15th.

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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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Hurricane Relief for TAME Students

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About 500 TAME students in the Gulf Coast and Golden Triangle Chapters have been directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Several of our students are dealing with the second flood of the school year. About 20-25 teachers in the GC TAME Chapter are also displaced and currently in shelters.

Many of the traditional disaster recovery services are focused on providing immediate support to these students and their families. While many of us are supporting this effort personally, as an organization, TAME would like to provide school supplies and classroom supplies to our extended TAME family.

Amazon e-gift cards mailing address – programs@tame.org

TAME Donation Page (for cash contributions to support this effort) – http://bit.ly/2xa63uf

Amazon shopping list for GC TAME Students -- http://a.co/2XNUpSt

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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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TAME Scholarship Applications Now Open

Calling all TAME graduating seniors!  Scholarship applications & letters of recommendation from TAME Club Sponsors are due at 11:59p on Monday, May 1st, 2017.
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Calling all TAME graduating seniors! TAME Freshman Scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now open. Applications, documentation, and letters of recommendation from TAME Club Sponsors are due to the TAME State Office no later than 11:59p on Monday, May 1st, 2017. Students submit one application to be considered for the following scholarships offered by TAME’s higher education and corporate partners: Midwestern State University (Freshman engineering) Prairie View A&M University (Freshman engineering) Texas A&M University (Freshman) Texas Tech University (Freshman engineering) The University of Texas at Austin (Freshman engineering) Chevron (STEM major, West Texas students only) ConocoPhillips (Specific majors, open to all students) Pratt & Whitney (STEM major, Wichita Falls students only) Who Can Apply for TAME Scholarships?  Applicants for TAME Freshman Scholarships must: Be a member of a registered TAME Club with a student registration on file Be currently enrolled in high school and scheduled to graduate at...
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Bring a Boeing-sponsored Family STEM Event to your community! Applications due 3/21.

Bring a Boeing-sponsored Family STEM Event to your community! 

"It was science, but it was AWESOME." That's what one elementary student said after leaving the Trailblazer, the STEM-museum-on-wheels that's a big part of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME)'s mission to connect Texas students to careers in STEM.

The truth is, a lot of kids aren't quite as excited about science as we are.... at least, not yet. The hands-on exhibits on the Trailblazer are designed to get kids thinking about science and other STEM fields in a new way, and encourage them to think of themselves as computer whizzes, astronauts, cardiologists, and much more.
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