Dear Texas STEM network:
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) has closely monitored the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and its potential impact on TAME students, TAME Club Sponsors, volunteers, partners, and their families. The safety of our students is our top priority.
After careful review and assessment of our Trailblazer mobile science museum program, the TAME Board has decided to suspend the program through April 5th, to be re-evaluated in late March. TAME’s two Trailblazer museums are 40-ft trailers that travel more than 20,000 miles across Texas each year to deliver the excitement of STEM to students grades 3-8 around the state.
The TAME Trailblazers and their predecessors the Expo-Tex trailers, have been in use in some form since the late 1970s, and this is the first time in TAME history that the program has been suspended due to health precautions. TAME understands the loss of opportunities for connection, networking, and mentorship for everyone involved.
TAME will make every attempt to reschedule visits when both TAME and the hosting organizations feel it is safe. Staff members from the TAME State Office will be in touch with community partners and event hosts as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and support. We are committed to the safety of our students and everyone who is part of TAME. We will continue to do our best to inspire and prepare the future STEM professionals of Texas.
The TAME Board
A PDF copy of this release is available here.
UPDATE: As of March 31st, TAME has continued the suspension to May 4th in compliance with Governor Abbott’s announcement concerning school closures. Read more: Gov. Greg Abbott tells Texans to stay home except for essential activity in April.