You boost activity in our right anterior superior temporal cortex.
You really do. And that’s not all. Neurologically speaking, we’re only just starting to understand how gratitude affects the brain, but studies show strong correlations between feelings of gratitude and benefits to both interpersonal relationships and mental health. Expressing gratitude helps us each to strengthen social bonds and to build community.
We’d like to share just two of the thank-you’s we’ve received from TAME participants:
“Our students, for the first time, actually had a connection with local individuals involved in the science field. They were able to ask real time questions and get real time answers from the source. It was no longer, ‘That is something my teacher told me…,’ it was first hand, quick and relevant.”
– Teacher, Dumas ISD, Amarillo
“[My daughter] loved the weather demonstrations and the robotics demonstration from NASA. She could not get enough of the medicine demonstration also… We are very thankful that such an event was hosted in our area. It was amazing!”
– Parent, San Marcos
At TAME, we have a lot to be thankful for this year: shiny new exhibits in the Trailblazers, funding to bring the Trailblazers to more communities than ever, and unprecedented numbers of students participating in the STEM Competitions.
But today, we’re most thankful for you. Your vision of a rich and diverse community of STEM professionals, your dedication to empowering new generations of students to succeed in STEM and other careers, and your belief in the value of education for all: this is what keeps TAME going.
Thanks for everything you do to boost brain activity across the Lonestar state!
By Jessie Temple