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Teens say 'Count Me In!' to help spread the word about the importance of math literacy

Sign the TI Count Me In! pledge for a chance to win a customized Math Rocks! guitar autographed by the Jonas Brothers and back-to-school prize packs

Jul 29, 2009




DALLAS, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- This back-to-school year, teens across the nation will pledge to support math literacy by signing the Texas Instruments Count Me In! pledge and committing to tell others why math education is so important to the future of their world. Students also will be encouraged to challenge themselves to consider taking higher-level math courses to broaden their college and career options, thus opening the doors for a brighter future.

The reward for signing the pledge includes a chance to win a one-of-a-kind TI Math Rocks! guitar autographed by the Jonas Brothers and back-to-school prize packs which include

TI-Nspire(TM)( )graphing calculators. Teachers also can sign the pledge to win free TI classroom technology and professional development.

More math, more opportunity

Studies have shown that high school students who complete math beyond Algebra II continue to college at much higher rates and have a better chance of earning a degree.+ By the time today's high school students graduate from college, more than 6 million jobs will require the skills and understanding of math, science,** and students who take more math classes have more earning potential than those who do not.***

"Math is an essential part of enabling teens to reach their potential in middle school, high school, and college. Math study is an important investment students can make for their future," said Melendy Lovett, president, TI Education Technology business. "To encourage students in their quest for math knowledge, TI is excited to introduce the Count Me In! pledge. We want to support students as they take higher-level math and deepen their understanding of math concepts especially since the subject can seem very challenging."

Starting today through Oct. 15, teens, their parents and teachers can sign the pledge at www.countmeinpledge.com to support math literacy and be registered for a chance to win the student or teacher grand prize packages, as well as one of 84 daily prize pack drawings for students and teachers.

Follow Texas Instruments on Twitter @TIEdTech #CountMeIn for up-to-the-minute back-to-school news and winner updates, and stay tuned for TI to announce the grand prize winners in October.

Count Me In! Prize Package Details

Visit the Count Me In! pledge at www.countmeinpledge.com for more information on math literacy, games, freebies, careers, homework help and test prep resources.

About the TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator

The latest graphing calculator from Texas Instruments combines advanced technology with interactive features that help students develop a deeper understanding of math. The TI-Nspire™ graphing calculator supports middle school through college math courses and is allowed on the SAT*, ACT®, AP*, IB® and many statewide math tests. With the purchase of the TI-Nspire calculator, students can download free test prep questions from The Princeton Review.

About Texas Instruments

Education Technology, a business of Texas Instruments, provides a wide range of advanced tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications, helping students and teachers to explore math and science interactively. TI's products and services are tested vigorously against recognized third-party research, which shows that the use of graphing calculators helps improve the mathematical skills of students and their attitudes toward mathematics. For more information, visit www.education.ti.com.

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+ U.S. Department of Education report "The Toolbox Revisited"

* SAT & AP are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc., which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product. Policies subject to change. Visit http://www.collegeboard.com/ for more information. IB is a registered trademark of the International Baccalaureate Organization.

**( )Bureau of Labor Statistics as cited in U.S. Department of Education report "Strengthening Education: Meeting the Challenge of a Changing World"

*** U.S. Department of Education report( )"Foundations for Success: The Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel" as presented by the National Mathematics Advisory Panel

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