with TAME's annual STEM Competitions
“I got involved with TAME as an 8th grader in Odessa, Texas, when I was invited to participate in the State Math and Science Competition 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 work on it. We also got to tour a jet factory and listen to the people who worked there. TAME opened my eyes to math and science fields. I thought, you’re going to be fine if you get a degree in engineering or science. It gave me a confidence boost.”
Rachel R., TAME Scholar
TAME’s annual Divisional and State STEM Competitions bring together thousands of high-performing TAME Club students from across the state to test their STEM skills through collaborative engineering challenges and individual timed tests. The competitions celebrate achievement in math and science and encourage the development of a peer and mentor network. (Middle/high school)
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2021 STEM Competition Game Plan
TAME is taking our STEM Competition Season all-virtual to bring STEM to you!
- 14 active Chapters across Texas, 7 consolidated Divisional STEM Competitions
- all-new virtual Engineering Design Challenge
- virtual State STEM Competition on April 24th
STUDENTS: If you are a 6th-12th grade student in a qualifying TAME Club, and you registered before November 12, you are eligible to participate in the virtual Divisional STEM Competition! Just make sure that your TAME Club Sponsor has marked you as attending and has a correct email address for you. When you get an invitation to the event, create an account and sign in. Then, just log into your account on the day of the Competition to participate!
EVENT FORMAT: We will be using a special platform to host the events. Students and Club Sponsors will receive an email invitation to create an account; you must have an account to participate. This year, the Divisional STEM Competitions will not contain any testing. There will be a welcome ceremony, one or two presentations depending on the chapter, and an awards ceremony. Students will be in zoom-style video chat rooms with their teams for the challenge. The Engineering Design Challenge is *100% virtual* and does not require any supplies.
CLUB SPONSORS: Student Rosters were sent out to the Club Sponsors in December. All you need to do is confirm which of your students on the list plan to attend, and make sure you and your students have a correct email address. DEADLINE: You need to do this by January 8 to participate in the event. If there are students missing from your list, you haven’t received a list, or you can’t confirm their students before January 8, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Chapters will be participating in one of seven consolidated Divisional STEM Competitions. See who you’ll be competing with on the Schedules & Results page.
INVITATIONS TO STATE: The top two Engineering Design Challenge Teams from each Competition will autoqualify for State, and other students who do well will be invited to attend.
More questions? See the FAQ below!
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Have questions? Please contact the STEM Competition Program Coordinator at email@example.com or at (512) 471 6100.
How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the 2021 STEM Competition Season?
TAME has been carefully monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to ensure a safe and consistent Divisional STEM Competition experience for all TAME Students, we have chosen to present the 2021 Divisional and State STEM Competitions as virtual events.
Who can compete at the Divisional Competitions?
TAME students in grades 6 – 12 who are active members of a registered TAME Club and registered by the November 12th deadline can compete in a Divisional Competition.
Students must participate and qualify in a Divisional Competition to receive an invitation to the State Competition. For information about Divisional Competitions in your area, check your local Chapter.
What happens at the Divisional Competitions?
Because the 2021 Divisional STEM Competitions will be held virtually, our format will look a little different: Students will compete in an online Engineering Design Challenge, and have the chance to hear from STEM guest speakers. We will not be including testing in the 2021 Divisional STEM Competitions.
How can I sign up for the Divisional Competition?
To participate in TAME activities like Divisional Competitions, you need to be a member of a TAME Club. Our clubs are free and require only six students, an Adult Sponsor, and regular meetings about STEM.
IMPORTANT: To be a TAME Club Member, you need to complete the Student Registration by November 12th. If your TAME Club isn’t listed on the registration form, contact your TAME Club Sponsor to make sure that your TAME Club has been registered.
TAME Club Registration closes in fall, so make sure you get yours completed soon! Once registration has closed and the date of your Divisional Competition has been announced, the TAME State Office will contact your Club Sponsor, who will confirm whether you’re able to participate in the Divisional STEM Competition. Students who have signed up to attend the event will receive the event details (website, call-in information, etc.)
How can I get ready to compete? Are there practice tests and challenges?
Make sure that you will have access to an electronic device (computer, tablet, etc) and the internet on the day of the Divisional STEM Competition. Let your Club Sponsor know right away if you think you won’t have access to your device and internet.
TAME appreciates the value of hard work and practice in success. To help our students better prepare for our annual STEM Competitions, TAME provides practice tests, past Engineering Design Challenges, Engineering Adventure activities, and advice on competing like a scientist.
If you’d like to practice for the Engineering Design Challenge, TAME’s Blog features Engineering Adventures, and you can visit TAME’s Engineering Activity board on Pinterest for design challenge ideas that you can practice with friends in the classroom or try with your family in your own living room.
There won’t be any testing included in this year’s Divisional STEM Competitions, but we will be including math and science testing at the State STEM Competition. There are practice tests available here to get ready to compete. You’ll also want to try out the virtual platform. Instructions will be emailed to you directly.
I want to know about competition strategy. Is it OK to guess on test questions? What about tie-breakers?
As you take your practice tests to train for the State STEM Competition, you might wonder whether we have any special rules. You will be glad to know that we do not penalize students for wrong answers, so we strongly encourage you to complete the whole test and not leave any blank answers.
Think like a scientist or an engineer—it’s better to make your best guess and see what happens, than to hold back because you don’t know for sure. In the STEM world, the only failure is in not trying. Tie-breakers at a STEM Competition will be settled by comparing the tests to find the first incorrect answer or skipped question.
What are the tests like? Can I use a calculator on my test? What about a Periodic Table?
In the 2021 season, the Divisional STEM Competitions will not contain any testing.
Currently, TAME anticipates that at the 2021 State STEM Competition, all participants will take either a math test or a science test:
- When a student has qualified to attend the State STEM Competition, they will be asked to select a Math or a Science test.
- Students in middle school (grades 6, 7, 8) will take the Middle School Math Test or the Middle School Science Test.
- Students in high school (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) will take the High School Math Test or the High School Science Test.
Students will have 45 minutes to answer 50 questions on each test. Middle school tests are based on middle school TEKS but focus on critical thinking and analytical skills. They are designed to not require a calculator. High school tests are also 45 minutes long and have 50 questions. They are based on TEKS for typical high-school classes in Algebra, Geometry, Pre-calculus and Statistics (for math) and Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology and Forensic Science (for science).
Calculators are permitted on only the High School Science Test, and periodic tables are permitted only on the High School Science test. TAME will provide both calculators and periodic tables for the State STEM Competition tests.
How does scoring work? Who gets invitations to State?
At each Divisional STEM Competition, the top three teams from the Engineering Design Challenge will be recognized. Three teams also receive a special Judges’ Choice Award for creative problem solving.
Invitations to the State STEM Competition will be coordinated by the Chapter leadership and emailed directly to the TAME Club Sponsor, student, and parent/guardian. The first-place Engineering Design Challenge Team will be invited to attend the State STEM Competition. Other students may be invited to advance to State based on performance in the Engineering Design Challenge or other criteria.
Two special invitations to the State STEM Competition are also set aside for the winners (grades 6-12) of the T-Shirt Design Contest and the Hashtag Contest. The two winners of these contests will also receive $100 each and see their ideas and designs featured on shirts, giveaways, and event materials at the State STEM Competition.
How much does it cost?
There is no fee to register or compete in the Divisional or State STEM Competition.
When the State STEM Competition is offered in person, TAME provides transportation, lodging, food, and supplies for all students who attend. When hosted virtually, TAME covers the cost of hosting the competition online.
What happens at the State Competition?
In a typical year when events are offered in person, 300 high-achieving students are invited to compete in the State STEM Competition. State participants take a timed math test OR a timed science test covering the topics taught in math and science classes offered at their school. A favorite of many students is the State Engineering Design Challenge, in which we bring together students from diverse backgrounds to engineer a solution to a real-world problem in a timed competitive setting. See past State Design Challenges here.
In the evening, attendees will have a chance to participate in a variety of activities with students from all across the state.
At the State STEM Competition, TAME sponsors cover all costs, including transportation, food and lodging, and great giveaways and prizes. The Competition celebrates TAME students’ achievement in STEM and is a chance to meet like-minded peers and mentors from across Texas.
I have other plans the day of the event. Can I attend part of the STEM Competition?
In fairness to all students, it is TAME policy that all participants must take part in all the scheduled events of the STEM Competition. You must participate in the activities for your Divisional STEM Competition on its scheduled day. Students who do not participate in the full Divisional STEM Competition may not be eligible to attend the State STEM Competition.
We understand there may be schedule conflicts and ask that students make a choice between other plans and the STEM Competition, rather than trying to do both. This is to ensure a level playing field and consistent experience for all our students.
Students who ignore this policy may be disqualified from the STEM Competition.
What is the Creative Design Contest?
Each year, TAME announces the theme for the State STEM Competition. TAME Club Members from across the state are invited to take part in TAME’s Creative Design Contest. There are two ways to enter:
- Suggest a hashtag related to the theme of the event. The winning hashtag will be used on social media by TAME Staff, State STEM Competition attendees, and TAME Sponsors.
- Submit a t-shirt design related to the theme of the event. The winning design will be featured on t-shirts, event programs, and other promotional materials that will be distributed to hundreds of participants at the State STEM Competition.
Each winner is awarded a cash prize, and if the winning student is in grade 6-12, they also receive a special invitation to the State STEM Competition.
When and where is this year’s State Competition?
Check our Competition Schedules & Results page for updates on the State STEM Competition.
Travel, Food, and Spectators at the State STEM Competition
In a typical year when events are offered in person, for the 300 students who accept the invitation to the annual State STEM Competition, TAME will arrange transportation, food, and entertainment at no cost to students. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the event is free for all.
Students MUST travel with their TAME Chapter to and from the event and participate in all parts of the event. Students may not leave early or travel separately.
Food will be provided to all students and chaperones with meals at the event and during travel. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available for those who requested them.
Due to limited space and safety constraints, parents/guardians, family, and spectators are not able to attend the State STEM Competition. This allows us to ensure the security of all participants.
Family at home can watch the action unfold in real time as TAME live-tweets photos, videos, and updates about the event. Follow TAME on Twitter and Instagram and cheer on TAME students with #LonestarSTEM.
When and where will results be posted?
Results will be posted to the TAME website as soon as possible after each event. Please see our Competition Schedules & Results page for updates.