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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 husband...
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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 the...
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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 Math...
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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 workforce...
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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 to...
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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 an...
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