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 – 3/31/20:
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.
UPDATE – 5/20/20:
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) has been following the developments around the global pandemic and its footprint in Texas. Out of concern for the health and safety of all STEM-enthusiasts and our team, TAME is extending the grounding of our Trailblazer science museum program through August 31st, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and share an update for our plans for the fall cycle by the end of the summer.
Our team will be in touch will all program partners whose visits are scheduled for this summer to find alternative arrangements. TAME is committed to continuing to excite and inspire our next generation of STEM professionals and looks forward to planning the visits to your community as soon as it is safe and feasible.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support.
Andrea Herrera Moreno and the TAME Board