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Texas Instruments Launches 84Silver.com with Fun Activities and Cool Contests for Teens

Just in Time for Back-to-School, New Web Site is Packed With Chances to Win Scholarships and Prizes; Site Provides Valuable Information on State Assessment Tests and Free Homework Help

Jul 26, 2005

DALLAS - (July 26, 2005) - Just in time for the new school year, Texas Instruments, the long-time leader in handheld graphing technology,* has launched 84Silver.com, a cool activity-filled website where teens can win prizes, stretch their creativity, and demo TI's newest graphing calculator, the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition.

Designed for today's tech savvy teens, 84Silver.com is packed with tips to help customize the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition, cool educational applications (Apps) and downloads from TI, help with homework, and tips to prepare for statewide assessment tests and college entrance exams. Teens will also enjoy downloading the new Yahoo! Messenger skin featuring the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition.

Teens will have fun this school year customizing their TI-84 Plus Silver Edition with TI's new GraphiTI adhesive stickers (available separately in Blue Fractal, Pink Fractal, Planets Orange and Silver Diamonds) while helping to deepen their understanding of high school math and science.

Here is a sneak peak of the cool activities and contests available on 84Silver.com:

  • Unleash Your Creative Side and Win! Through 84Silver.com's online designing tool, teens can design their own GraphiTI to enter to win a $1,000 shopping spree for themselves and the TI-Navigator 2.0 Learning System, a wireless classroom learning system, for their school. Designs must be submitted by October 15, 2005.
  • How has the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition helped you? TI wants to hear success stories from students on how their graphing calculator has helped them achieve success in their math or science class. Winners of the essay contest will win a $1,000 shopping spree. Essays must be submitted before October 31, 2005.
  • Scholarships for college-bound students: To make college more affordable, TI has created the "Texas Instruments $8400+ Achieve More Scholarship" for college-bound students. Teens can register now through December 2, 2005.

Handheld graphing technology with advanced calculation abilities and an oversized viewing screen, is proving popular and effective with both teachers and students. A growing body of research has found that use of graphing calculators in a variety of instructional situations leads to improved student achievement in specific middle school and high school mathematical skills.**

The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculator comes pre-loaded with 30 educational applications including electronic flash cards for the SATs that includes math and verbal SAT sample questions geared to help prepare college-bound students for the new SAT format, which debuted in March 2005. The device features a built-in USB port and enough memory to hold up to 94 Apps. Check out the cool features and try a demo on www.84Silver.com.

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Educational & Productivity Solutions, a business of Texas Instruments, is a market leader in education technology, providing a wide range of advanced classroom tools that enable students and teachers to interactively explore math and science. TI's learning tools and services are designed with leading educators to meet the evolving needs of the classroom. Connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications, TI's products include a broad line of handheld technology, computer software and data-collecting devices. Additionally, TI has worked closely with educators and administrators for more than 15 years to develop student-focused curricular and supplemental materials for the classroom, and supports the world's largest professional development organization focusing on the appropriate use of educational technology. More information is available at www.education.ti.com

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* Handheld technology leadership measured in USA by Decision Analyst, Inc.

** Based on research studies involving calculator use including meta-analysis, correlational analysis, and experimental and quasi-experimental approaches. See education.ti.com/research for more information.