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Math and science competition for pre-college students

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) and Lamar University College of Engineering will host a math and science competition for pre-college students, Saturday, Feb. 1.

Students in grades 6 through 12 will participate in a regional math science competition hosted by the Golden Triangle – Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering. Students will compete in math tests, science tests and an engineering design challenge. 

TAME was founded in 1976 by Texas industrialists and educators concerned over the low minority representation in the fields of engineering and sciences.  The Golden Triangle Chapter provides programs to help close this gap by engaging students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities.

Events like the Saturday’s competition hosted by Lamar University are collaborative initiatives to provide unique experiences for local students. 

At these events, students are exposed to a college campus, enhance their test taking skills, and sharpen their problem solving skills by resolving an engineering design challenge. 

“The Golden Triangle is a rich resource for future innovators, engineers, science and math educators, scientists, medical professionals, and technology leaders,” said Annie Carter, GT-TAME chair. “We are pleased to partner with Lamar University to help develop young people interested in filling the STEM career pipeline.”

TAME was founded more than 38 years ago to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.  The organization seeks to enable Texas students to pursue careers in STEM by creating partnerships among educators, industry, government and families to inform, educate and motivate students; Implementing classroom and extra-curricular programs and activities; Focusing on populations that remain underrepresented in fields of STEM; and promoting diversity in STEM careers.

TAME is an inclusive organization but targets its efforts on female, Hispanic, African American and Native American populations, as these remain under-represented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.  TAME and its alliances are run primarily by volunteers.  Each year hundreds of volunteers from industry, community and academia help TAME further its mission.  TAME programs positively impact thousands of K-12 students across the state annually. 

Through the statewide implementation of formal classroom and informal educational programs, TAME enables Texas students to pursue post-secondary education, ultimately leading to careers in STEM.  TAME chapters serve as regional programmatic dissemination and coordinating depots, often mirroring implementation of statewide programs that are coordinated through the statewide office. TAME and its network of partners impact thousands of students annually through a diverse web of statewide programs and alliance-developed initiatives. 

For more information on TAME, visit www.tame.org.