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December 2014: A Winter of Discovery

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  Make this a winter of discovery with gingerbread houses, frozen bubbles, and more Winter break is a great time to have fun with STEM. We’ve put together a collection of great winter / holiday themed activities for the classroom and the living room. Forward this email on to parents to keep STEM discovery going through the winter break! Read on for great winter activity ideas, fun STEM gifts, and more.   This month's teacher newsletter features: Divisional Math & Science Competitions Whiz-kid gift ideas Register (your TAME club) to win! Extreme gingerbread and homemade snow storms: Put a seasonal spin on STEM experiments The Two Birthdays of Isaac Newton: It's a mystery with heavy consequences There's Math in my Pinterest! TAME's Math for Teachers pinterest board   Read our full newsletter online .                          

Get Fresh Ideas from STEM Inspirations

TAME Quote Universe Under No Obligation To Make Sense To You Neil DeGrasse Tyson
TAME Quote Einstein Genius Fish Climb Tree Stupid STEM Inspirations
TAME Quote STEM Inspiration Newton Apple Curiosity Bernard Baruch
TAME Quote Failure Success Try Anything Reshma Saujani
Running out of steam at the end of the semester? Get some fresh ideas from TAME's curated STEM Inspirations board on Pinterest. With over 75 quotations, sketches, cartoons, and photographs on the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math, you are sure to find something unique to spark your students' excitement. Hang them up in your classroom or share them on your class website. Either way, these gems are intended to broaden horizons, fuel motivation, and dazzle the imagination.   Visit STEM Inspirations   A few of our favorites:     "The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you." Neil DeGrasse Tyson   "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." Albert Einstein     "Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked...
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TAME's 2014 Holiday STEM Gift Guide

TAME 2014 Holiday STEM Gift Guide
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Need some ideas for your science or math whiz this year? We've collected over 70 gift ideas focused on science, technology, engineering and math--but the one thing they all have in common is that they have a high statistical probability of fun for students of all ages. (Including the ones who never stop learning, no matter what age they are!) Click HERE for the full list!  Shop with AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate a portion of its proceeds to help Texas students discover STEM!     TAME's 2014 Holiday STEM Gift Guide: Highlights   Staff Pick Gift Ideas Space Module Tent - Get ready for Blast off in this fun play dome, a perfect start for space exploration. Docking port play tunnel also available. Ages 3-10 years. Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope - Fabulous tool for kids to examine, record and report all their scientific discoveries. With this portable microscope they...
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What Is Our Trailblazer Facilitator Thankful for This Year?

V. J. Willis, Trailblazer Facilitator in front of the Trailblazer II Mobile Science Museum
  If you've been lucky enough to experience a visit from a Trailblazer mobile science museum, you may have met one of our Facilitators, V. J. Willis. A retired teacher with a big heart and a love of sharing knowledge, V. J. is a person that many are grateful to know. And on this national holiday of gratitude, we thought we should share the message he sent to the TAME State Headquarters, explaining what he is thankful for this year.   Dear TAME Friends,   I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Take time to reflect on all you have been blessed with.   I am thankful for the wonderful and supportive team we have become at TAME, and I am thankful for the opportunity we have to touch students' lives in a positive way. When we see the many challenges kids...
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2014 Evergreen Scholarship Recipients Announced

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We are excited to announce the recipients of our 2014 Evergreen Scholarship:

Rachel Andrews, Mathematics & Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin

Antonio Bujanda, Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech

Nancy Kha, Biology, University of Texas at Austin (Elvin Evatt Memorial Scholarship)

Janet Nieto, Environmental Engineering, Texas Tech

Rachel Ramos, Biochemistry, UT Permian Basin (Elvin Evatt Memorial Scholarship)

Anisa Ruiz, Kinesiology, Texas A&M

Zoi Thompson, Environmental Science, Geology Track, University of Texas at Austin

Jenna Weiss, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M

Congratulations, Scholars! Best of luck with the rest of your school year. We look forward to hearing more from you at the end of the Spring Semester.

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Teacher's View: Why Does Dixie Ross Love TAME?

Teacher's View: Why Does Dixie Ross Love TAME?
"My former student brought along a note that I had written twenty years earlier listing everyone who had signed up for our field trip...until [then], I had no idea of the impact this TAME field trip had on those kids.Now, they're all thriving professionals who feel a responsibility to pay forward the opportunity that they were given." Dixie Ross is a high school teacher, a  TAME Club sponsor at Pflugerville High School, and a 2011 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching . For over 30 years, she has taught mathematics, including Advanced Placement Calculus, to students who come primarily from low-income, rural, and minority backgrounds. What kind of impact do TAME programs have on your students? Recently, at a breakfast for TAME leadership, I was proud to sit with one of my former members who is now a TAME corporate sponsor. He became a father and a...
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November 2014: Thanks for the Fiberoptics, Shirley

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  Thanks for the fiber optics, Shirley! Four inventions (and one inventor) we're thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!  Among the many STEM inventions that have made our world a better place are a few made possible by Shirley Jackson , the high-tech trailblazing woman whose breakthrough scientific research enabled others to invent and improve technologies like the the touch tone telephone, the portable fax machine, solar cell and fiber optic cables. In other words, you probably wouldn't be reading this now without her work.  What inventions are YOU thankful for?  See our TAME staff answers and let us know yours on Facebook .    This month's teacher newsletter features: State Math & Science Competition Moves to May 2nd Register (your TAME club) to win! What's more awesome than a toothbrush robot? The world's next great engineer may want some help with her assignment How grateful are your students? Neuroscience researchers show...
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Student's View: A Last-Minute Field Trip, a Lasting Love of Biology

Student's View: A Last-Minute Field Trip, a Lasting Love of Biology
"I'm really interested in biology; I find it mysterious." Nancy K. is a former TAME club member who is now a biology major at the University of Texas at Austin. She still enjoys hanging out with her friends. How did you hear about TAME? I got involved with TAME in 7th grade when a math teacher at my middle school in Pflugerville asked if anyone was available to attend a science and math competition over the weekend. I went and I had a great time. There's always that nervous feeling when you're taking tests. You want to do well and advance to the next level and have more fun, but I also got to hang out with my friends, which in 7th grade was the main selling point. My middle school didn't have a TAME club, but by high school we had a teacher who helped us prepare for the...
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October 2014: Explore Computer Science With TAME

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  Explore Computer Science with TAME! Computer scientists do much more than design video games and software.  They create technology to explore the universe, fix everyday problems, and invent the future.  This month, we celebrate a pioneer in computer science on Ada Lovelace Day, welcome a computer science teacher to the TAME board, and point you to some free coding lessons.  Happy October!  This month's teacher newsletter features: Women and computers go WAY back. Code.org helps every student learn to code! Register (your TAME club) to win! Computer Science Teacher Joins TAME Board Apply Now for the Aspirations in Computing Scholarship for Women Freshen up your ideas with TAME's Pinterest: Women in STEM Read our full newsletter online .      

Employer's View: Why Does Kyle Ray Support TAME?

Employer's View: Why Does Kyle Ray Support TAME?
"Especially in an industry that is constantly on the forefront of innovation, having a team that can approach a problem from many different angles is invaluable." Kyle Ray is an engineer who has served on the TAME Board and is currently employed with the Bank of Montreal. Why do you support TAME? I first became involved with TAME through my employer, ConocoPhillips, a long-time corporate supporter of TAME. What drew me to the organization was their focus on bringing STEM education to underrepresented minority and female students. When I first got into STEM, I wasn't seeing the same level of diversity in the business world as I was seeing in the schools, and I didn't feel like there was a lot of mentorship or awareness of what opportunities were out there. TAME programs benefit both students and employers. On the employer side, companies certainly see the value of a diverse...
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September 2014: Back to School Icebreakers and More

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  Welcome Back! We're excited to kick off another school year with a wonderful group of teachers from across Texas. As you explore the world of STEM with your students, TAME supports you with ideas for classroom icebreakers, low-investment science experiments, community activities, professional development opportunities, and more.  Here are a few easy steps to get you started. This month's teacher newsletter features: Register your TAME club Icebreakers to get your TAME club off to a great start Save the date: State Math & Science Competition Stay Connected on TAME's Facebook Page Freshen up your ideas with TAME's Pinterest: Infographics on STEM Read our full newsletter online .      

Alumna's View: From Windmill Design to Medical School

"TAME helped us see that engineering and science are good fields to go into, they showed us that it's attainable, and they showed us a way to get there." Rachel is a former TAME club member and TAME scholar. Now a biochemistry student at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, she will soon be going on to medical school. How did you hear about TAME? I got involved with time as an 8th grader in Odessa, Texas, when I was invited to participate in the Math and Science competition (now known as STEM competitions) in Houston. The competition was a blast. It was well-organized and fun. I took tests in biology and physics, and then there was a group project where we had to simulate the most efficient windmill. It turned out to be an inertia formula. We didn't win that time, but it was still really cool...
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Volunteer's View: Out of the Box and Shaping the Future

Volunteer's View: Out of the Box and Shaping the Future
"I was really proud to be a part of the TAME effort, to encourage kids when they're young and possibly be a part of a memory that influenced their moving along in a good direction." John L. is a Boeing employee who recently shared his STEM expertise as a volunteer docent on the Trailblazer. What's it like to be a Trailblazer docent? The trailer that you all are using was really well done (quality work), and a very comfortable environment for handling so many kids and adults. All of the stations were fully functional and interesting in terms of relevant/current technological interests. Mr. Willis was great to talk with; he's very knowledgeable and made every one of us feel comfortable in presenting the stations. Also, I never heard any comments from the children or the teachers – all were enthusiastic and awe-inspired by the displays. Supporting this just started as...
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