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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 invented by Shirley Jackson, the high-tech trailblazing woman who gave us 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 inventions. 

What inventions are YOU thankful for?  See our TAME staff answers and let us know yours on Facebook.  

State Math & Science Competition moves to May 2nd

New date accommodates STAAR testing

The State Math and Science Competition will be held on May 2, 2015, at Lockheed Martin. This revised date will accommodate the STAR testing schedule for our participating teachers and students.  Thank you to Lockheed Martin for assisting us with this change and for ongoing support of the TAME Math and Science Competitions. Remember to register your TAME club in order to compete!

Dates for the divisional competitions are as follows:

  • South Plains (Lubbock): Jan. 17th
  • Capital Area (Austin): Jan 31st
  • Dallas: Jan. 31st
  • Fort Worth: Jan 31st
  • GC TAME (Houston): Jan. 31st
  • San Angelo: Feb. 28th

Presidio and Fort Stockton will travel to divisionals in Odessa this year. 

Register (your TAME club) to win!

Any group of four or more middle or high school students with a club leader can form a TAME club. By registering your TAME club, you and your students gain access to the Divisional and State Math and Science Competitions and related resources. Register, prepare, compete, and win!
 
Register your TAME club

What's more awesome than a toothbrush robot?

Actually, that might be the most awesome thing we've seen in a while. Take a look at these invent-your-own design projects from PBS kids and decide for yourself.

The world's next great engineer may want some help with her assignment.

Creating access to clean water, designing a better urban infrastructure, and finding out how to make energy from fusion: according to the National Academy of Engineering, these are just a few of the Grand Challenges of Engineering for the next century. Steer your problem-solvers to this website and let them get to work.

Need a nudge in the right direction? The NAE video contest awarded $25,000 to the creators of this quick clip, Engineering is Amazing.

How grateful are your students?

Neuroscience researchers show the benefits of cultivating "an attitude of gratitude"


A growing body of research shows that gratitude has a variety of physical and psychosocial benefits, according to Drs. Blaire and Rita Justice of the University of Texas Health Science Center.

"The gratitude group also reported more satisfaction with their lives as a whole, felt more optimism about the upcoming week, and felt considerably more connected with others than did participants in the control group."

Try it and see!  Your students can plot their own gratitude data and see gratitude happening on a global scale here:

Gratitude map
 

Freshen up your ideas!

Question: Where can I go for ideas to inspire my students with STEM?
Answer: Our new and improved Pinterest, of course!

 

With over 2,000 pins organized into 42 different boards, TAME's Pinterest presence is specially curated to help teachers, parents, and students of all ages get excited about STEM. Our latest and greatest addition is:

STEM Inspirations
with 39 pins and counting


Do you have any favorite STEM quotes that haven't made it on our board? Send them our way on Pinterest--we'd love to connect!

 

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