An eighth grade student tries her luck as a meteorologist in front of a green screen at the weather station in the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering Trailblazer at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Port Arthur. Photo credit to The Port Arthur News.
"Playing hooky has never been so electrifying," writes The Port Arthur News
in a story about a recent 10-day Trailblazer visit to the Golden Triangle region of Texas.
"Tavian Gipson's first shot at the electric ball was tentative — timid, even — but he said that initial "jolt" got him hooked."
"'My body is a conductor,' Gipson said, smiling at his classmates."
Gipson was one of 2,000 students who benefited from this innovative, mobile STEM engagement program run by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering, or TAME. The visit to Abraham Lincoln Middle School
was sponsored by Motiva
, working in partnership with other Port Arthur refineries and petrochemical companies via the Port Arthur Industrial Group. Motiva engineers and technicians volunteered in the Trailblazer to help students relate to science as career opportunities.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is thrilled to announce that partner BASF
has generously awarded a $25,000 grant to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
The grant will support a variety of programs, such as after school TAME Clubs
, Math & Science Competitions
, TAME Trailblazers
, and more. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.
Join BASF in making a difference. Visit our Get Involved
page to see how you can help make sure TAME programs stay free for all Texas students.
Above, left: two students from the class of teacher and blogger Mr. Goldstein show off their tallest tower in their own version of the paper tower challenge. Top middle: students from the class of teacher and blogger Katy Kiser took a sculptor's approach to the challenge. Top right: another group from Katy Kiser's class drew on the strength of triangles to build their tower. Bottom middle: engineering students at Wisconsin Lutheran College build a 3D art project to study forces of tension and compression. Bottom right: a load-bearing paper structure made with paper and tape, described on Marci Goodwin's blog The Home School Scientist.
Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures!
Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (this month we will provide one warm-up activity
and one practice competition activity
) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning.
This September’s Engineering Adventure is a classic challenge, and a great way to teach kids of any age about collaboration, experimentation, and the value of learning from others.
It's incredibly simple and affordable, too! You only need some sheets of scratch paper or index cards and a flat surface. We've got tips, tricks, and even TEKS lined up for this adventure. It's a great way to get your Club members to start thinking like engineers in preparation for our STEM Competitions
Annual TAME Club registration is now open! From the Panhandle to the Valley, all across Texas, TAME teachers and their students are reaching for the stars--and the laboratories, the board rooms, and even the White House. For over 30 years, TAME has built a strong network of K-12 teachers, higher education partners, and corporate partners dedicated to promoting diversity in STEM. Let us help you inspire students to find the STEM career of their dreams.
By registering your TAME Club
, educators and students gain access to our competitions in January and February, as well as a host of other resources.
Above, left: Ed Downing reviews STEM education statistics at the launch of the Trailblazer II; above, right: Ed and other TAME Board Members at the Lockheed Martin launch of the Trailblazer II; bottom: Ed with Wichita Falls TAME Club students after participation in a TAME Math and Science Competition.
"Wichita Falls will create a pedigree of students, without regard to race, ethnicity or gender, who are superb – excited, confident and ready for college. These kids will come back and be leaders in their community."
Ed Downing has been the Chapter Leader in TAME’s Wichita Falls Chapter
since 1985. Ed served in the US Air Force and worked at ONCOR
, Texas's largest regulated electric delivery business. TAME recently recognized Ed for his dedication and decades of commitment to the students of Wichita Falls. This story is the second segment in a three-part series celebrating past and present leadership in Wichita Falls.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is pleased to announce that longtime partner IBM
has awarded $5,000 to support Texas teachers in science, technology, engineering and math. TAME educators have used IBM's Teachers Try Science
in putting together Family STEM Night
activities, assembling TAME Club
engineering challenges, and designing classroom curriculum.
Trailblazer Facilitator and Engineer David Morris with students in Eagle Lake, Texas after a successful Trailblazer visit to a local library.
Are you ready to take your teaching career on the road? TAME is now hiring a third Trailblazer Facilitator to bring the excitement of STEM to students all across the state. Every year, our science-museums-on-wheels travel over 18,000 miles and engage over 20,000 students with electrifying hands-on exhibits.
TAME is putting the call out to all of central Texas, seeking a friendly, dynamic individual to connect with students, teachers, administrators, and local media. This year we're expanding to reach a record-breaking number of schools, and we need more facilitators to meet the demand. Help our mobile museums reach more students than ever before.
"I love this job, it combines all the best parts of teaching," says Facilitator V.J. Willis, who was a classroom teacher for 12 years before joining TAME. "It's the greatest experience I've ever had as an educator, because you get to see kids getting very excited about learning. That's why you get into teaching in the first place!"
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce a new partnership with the American Honda Foundation
, which has generously awarded $50,000 to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
The contribution will support Family STEM Nights with the TAME Trailblazers
, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to students, families, and whole communities across Texas. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.
"Every student’s success is good for the whole community. The influence of a successful locally-educated person is enormous when you consider the impact it has on their family, friends and community. Someone from your own town accomplishing big things can be far more impactful than someone from outside this community."
Above, left: Marcie Williford takes students on a tour during a Young Engineer Summer Camp; above, right: Marcie collaborates with other engineers at Alcoa Howmet, which specializes in precision investment castings of superalloy, titanium and aluminum alloys for aerospace and industrial markets.
Marcie Williford is Manager of Process and Quality Engineering at Alcoa Howmet
. She and Co-Chair Dr. Denise Simmons are stepping up for STEM in TAME’s Wichita Falls Chapter
. This story is the first segment in a three-part series celebrating past and present leadership in Wichita Falls.
Above, left: a robotic hand from the ScienceBuddies.org project Grasping With Straws. Above, top middle: Muscles of the Hand and Wrist, by Elisa Shorn, circa 1900, shared with a Creative Commons License by Heidelberg University. Above, top right: a robotic flower from the Curiosity Machine project Build a Blooming Flower. Above, bottom right: Hibiscus at Zilker Botanical Garden, shared with a Creative Commons License by Anne Swoboda.
Welcome to TAME Engineering Adventures!
Every month we strive to bring you two engineering activities (one for middle school
, one for high school
) that will help you challenge your students with hands-on learning.
Looking for ways to incorporate engineering projects into your biology or science class? Great news! Animals, plants, and microbes are nature's engineers, and whenever human scientists, inventors, and engineers build on their designs they are participating in biomimicry.
From the Biomimicry Institute
, "Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul."
This month's Engineering Adventure are a perfect fit for hands-on learning in Biology class and challenging TAME Club members to think creatively in preparation for our Divisional and STEM Competitions.
The presentation of a strategic planning report at TAME's Board meeting today was the last piece of an IBM Impact Grant
to TAME. The grant, valued at more than $55,000, was offered at a critical time in TAME's growth and it will help direct TAME programs over the next 3 – 5 years.IBM
has been an integral part of TAME since the late 70s when Pete Suarez from IBM led the organization as the Board Chair. It was under his guidance that TAME launched the first Trailblazer
(Expo-Tex) and received state funds that fueled the organization's first growth spurt! Since then, for almost 40 years, IBM has continued to be a valued, strategic partner supporting Texas students through TAME programs.
In recent years, IBM has sponsored the development of the TAME Comic Books
and with translating them to Spanish; TAME teachers have regularly used IBM's Teachers Try Science
in putting together Family STEM Night activities and the TAME Board had IBM support with the strategic planning process.
TAME students, staff, volunteers and the Board thank Deb Dorman (WW Cloud ISV Leader, Ecosystem Development, IBM) for her work on the TAME Board and Beth Tracy (Manager, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs) for her long-term support for TAME. We look forward to the next 5 years as we strengthen TAME programs, engage more students and implement a strategic plan developed with IBM's help.
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Trailblazer I rolled through Austin today at Decker Middle School as part of a summer program of United Way for Greater Austin
, that focuses on preventing summer learning loss. Local media came out to get a closer look at the hands-on science exhibits and see what a difference they would make for the middle school students. Many thanks to Fox 7 News Austin
and Tania Ortega for your coverage of our programs and the work we do to promote diversity in STEM careers.
TAME Teacher and Alumnus Jeff Vann helps a student at UTPB Academy learn to use power tools in a class engineering project. "I remember being in school and feeling like there was a stigma on the smart kids. Even now, kids feel like it’s not okay to be the smart kid in the class, or that there’s not a reason to excel. TAME programs show kids that it’s okay to be smart, and that you get to do cool stuff when you’re a smart kid."
Jeff Vann is a TAME Alumnus and Teacher who brings science and engineering to students at the UTPB STEM Academy
in TAME's West Texas Chapter
. His TAME Club students are known as the Noisy Nerdles.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is thrilled to announce that Alcoa Foundation
has awarded $15,000 in scholarships to TAME students in Wichita Falls
. With this generosity Alcoa Foundation will empower students in their community to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is proud to announce that partner 3M
has generously awarded a $15,000 grant to empower Texan students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
The grant will support the TAME Trailblazers
, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to students at schools in the greater Austin area. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is thrilled to announce that Marathon Oil
will sponsor Trailblazer mobile science museum visits for communities in the Eagle Ford Shale region.
The donations from Marathon Oil will support the TAME Trailblazers
, bringing an innovative, mobile STEM engagement program to schools in the local communities in South East Texas. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.
We are excited to announce the recipients of our 2015 TAME Scholarships:
Shaharyar Ali, University of Texas at Austin, Mechanical Engineering
Reginald Blow, Texas Tech, Mechanical Engineering
Sheldon Carter, Iowa Wesleyan University, Business
Nicholas Curtis, University of Texas at Austin, Chemical Engineering
Alicia Downing, West Texas A&M University, Nursing
Nathanael Garlington, Midland College, Computer Science / Computer Engineering
Aida Lu, Columbia University, Engineering - Operations Research
Maryana Mbalule, Midwestern State, Nursing
James McGuire, Texas Tech University, Mechanical Engineering
Blanca Miranda-Martinez, University of Texas Dallas, Chemistry
Stephanie Nguyen-Okwu, Texas A&M University, Biomedical Engineering
Alejandro Prieto, Midwestern State, Mechanical Engineering
Joshua Quaid, Texas Tech University, Mechanical Engineering
Lilia Requena, Texas A&M University, Biology
Sayon Rhodes, University of Dallas, Chemical Engineering or Math
Natalie Sahagun, University of Texas at Austin, Aerospace Engineering
Michelle Zhou, Cornell University, Computer Science
Congratulations, Scholars! Best of luck with the the coming school year. We look forward to hearing more from you at the end of the Fall Semester.
The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) is thrilled to announce that partner Xcel Energy has generously awarded a $4,000 grant to empower Texas students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. This funding supported TAME's 30th Annual State Math and Science Competition (now known as STEM competitions) in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students, and for helping us build a workforce that looks like Texas.
A handmade thank-you card sent to TAME from a 7th grade student, Alexia R. The trip she mentions was the 2015 State Math and Science Competition, which brought students from chapters all over Texas. Some students traveled over 16 hours by bus to compete.
TAME recently received a handmade card from a 7th grade student thanking the many people who made the 2015 State Math and Science Competition
(now known as STEM competitions) possible. "I know that it must have taken a lot of thought, effort, time, and patience," she writes, and makes a special effort to thank the volunteer who chaperoned her student group.
During the State Competition, the Presenting Host and Sponsor Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
generously welcomed students, teachers, and volunteers on a tour of their cutting edge facility, where fighter jets are built. "I liked the tour because it really helped me," she writes. "It helped me to believe that these competitions could lead me to a better future."
Brayden Nall, 6, of Graham, manipulates a surgical simulation program with joysticks Tuesday morning. (Brian Rash)
TAME's Trailblazer II mobile science museum made headlines in the Graham Leader
this weekend with a recent visit to the Library of Graham
. Featured front and center is a photograph of a six-year-old boy completing a successful surgery with the Trailblazer's Robotic Arm exhibit in the Bio-Technology area. The student "seemed calm, even upbeat and smiling, as his patient’s health hung in the balance. Several other local kids watched him maneuver high-tech hand controls as he guided the surgical process through a video feed. And suddenly, for whatever reason, they all started laughing."Studies show
that hands-on activities boost learning and comprehension, which is why the Trailblazer museums are designed around interactive exhibits like the one used by the student in the article.