Since 1976, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) has sought to engage and encourage minority students to pursue college and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). More than 25,000 students become aware of careers in STEM through TAME programs every year.
In 2012, the Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) and TAME worked together on a Shell funded grant and hosted Math and Science Family Nights in the Houston area. The TAME Trailblazer was at each event, providing interactive exhibits aimed at promoting STEM activities to our Texas students.
On June 6, 2013, TAME launched its new Trailblazer II at a special ceremony at the 3M Austin Innovation Center. The new Trailblazer is loaded with five exhibits focused on: space, energy, weather, aerodynamics and biotechnology. In each exhibit are hands-on activities appropriate for third to eighth grade students, encouraging them to focus on math and science and ultimately consider a career in STEM.
During the next decade, the two interactive science-on-wheels Trailblazer units will reach more than 200,000 students and travel more than 300,000 miles visiting schools throughout Texas. The Trailblazer I has reached more than 90,000 participants in the past decade, with participation mirroring the demographic makeup of Texas schools.
The TRC is proud to work with TAME and we will continue to provide Math and Science Family Nights to different areas in Texas and highlight the new Trailblazer II.