Updated November 5, 2021.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) recognizes that our world is forever different as a result of the global pandemic. We continue to adapt and update plans balancing the information in hand with the need to make decisions for the spring. We continue to use these guiding principles to inform our plans this year:
- We are finding ways to advance our mission while prioritizing the safety and wellness of everyone in the TAME family.
- We are leveraging the opportunities created by this time in history to re-imagine and expand existing programs and build agile, innovative new resources for STEM education.
- We are strategically delivering more resources into the TAME Ecosystem to support our stakeholders during another unique year.
- We are addressing the impact of the digital divide that virtual learning spaces have exacerbated by seeking creative partnerships and collaborations wherever possible.
- We are preserving the long-term financial health of the organization.
The 2021-22 plan for each program
- The TAME Trailblazer mobile STEM museums are back on the road again since October 1. We are actively monitoring the situation throughout the state and we’re taking precautions to keep students, volunteers, and staff safe. Request a visit for your campus or event to bring a hands-on, mobile STEM experience to your students!
- TAME Clubs will continue last year’s popular toolkit and funding initiative. To be eligible for a Toolkit and to participate in STEM Competitions, a TAME Club must have at least 6 students in grades 6 – 12 and: 75% of student members must be from TAME Focus Student groups that are underrepresented in STEM (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous/Native American, or female) OR be at a Title I school.
- We’re planning an exciting STEM Competition Season this year! We will be returning to in-person Divisional STEM Competitions across Texas. As TAME students traverse another unique school year, TAME will prioritize the formal and informal community connections that support and encourage students to persist in their engineering path. We’ve removed multiple-choice testing to make room for an expanded Engineering Design Challenge this year to allow for more community connections. Students who do well at Divisionals can qualify for an invitation to the TAME Leaders in Engineering State Conference. This all-virtual half-day event will involve engineering activities, guest speakers, and a chance to connect and collaborate with other Texas students excited about their futures in engineering. Check the Competitions Page for the dates and locations.
- The TAME Scholarship program will continue to support TAME alumni in their transition to higher education institutions.
- The TAME Science Squad™ Comic Books are available to inspire young STEM leaders in your community. See our back-to-school sale! We are excited to announce the release of the third issue in the fall of 2021.
TAME envisions a Texas where students realize their full potential, build community in engineering, and create inclusive solutions that reflect and celebrate our diverse world. We appreciate the flexibility, support, creativity, and partnership from the TAME Ecosystem to help us deliver on this vision.
Check back here for more updates. Please reach out to us via email@example.com or leave a voice message at 512-471-6100.