It's 2015. Where's my hoverboard?
In this issue, we look back at what the future used to look like, and look ahead at the future taking shape!
You Make the Future Bright. The TAME Trailblazer needs a new generator. Help us keep the lights on in our traveling science museum with a contribution that will go towards the $18,000 replacement cost. Your gift will generate countless watts of excitement as the Trailblazer travels to 50 schools and welcomes 10,000 students this spring. As always, thank you for everything you do to make the future bright.
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 .
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 why."...
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 can...
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 go...
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.
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...
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 .
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 .
"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...