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Texas Instruments Announces National Design Contest

Students and Teachers Compete for Shopping Sprees, Graphing Technology and National Recognition in Company’s Online Contest

Jul 5, 2006

DALLAS, (July 5, 2006) - Texas Instruments, the long-time leader in handheld graphing technology,* today announced its nationwide GraphiTI contest where students and teachers submit original designs in an online competition for prizes. The two winning designs will be reproduced in a special-edition printing of calculator skins, adhesive stickers that students and teachers place on the slide case covers of their TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculators for personalization.

Students and now teachers can enter the contest by visiting www.tibacktoschool.com and creating their own GraphiTI design using an online tool that features various backgrounds, colors and patterns to select from. It also allows students and teachers to upload personal images that fit into the GraphiTI template. Via the Web site, students and teachers, along with their friends and families, can view and vote for their favorite designs. The top 10 entries will then be judged by a panel of celebrities who will determine the Grand Prize and First Prize winners. Last year's GraphiTI contest generated more than 3,500 student entries, and because of its overwhelming popularity a new category has been added to include teachers.

The GraphiTI contest will award one student and one teacher each the Grand Prize of a $1,000 shopping spree for themselves and a TI-Navigator™ classroom learning system plus a classroom set of 30 TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculators for their respective schools. TI also will award 20 First Prizes to 10 students and 10 teachers, who will each win their own TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. The deadline for contest entries is September 29, 2006. Complete rules for the contest can be viewed at www.tibacktoschool.com.

Also at tibacktoschool.com, parents, students and teachers can find information about graphing calculator technology, including:

  • How students use graphing calculators to better understand math
  • Research showing graphing calculators significantly improve a student’s mathematics performance
  • A complete TI product comparison chart to help parents determine the appropriate graphing calculator for their child
  • Links to math homework help, test prep and tutorials, and more

Designed for high school and college classes, students typically start using the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition in the 9th grade and can take it with them to college. Graphing calculators are also required or permitted on PSAT, SAT** and ACT*** college entrance and AP** exams. The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition comes pre-loaded with 30 educational applications (Apps) such as electronic flashcards for vocabulary and foreign language vocabulary words. It also comes preloaded with 500 SAT and 500 ACT test prep questions. With built-in USB capabilities and memory to hold up to 94 Apps, students can download Apps straight from their computer onto the calculator. In addition to GraphiTI stickers, graphing calculators like the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition can be personalized with colorful faceplates and start-up graphics.

About Texas Instruments
Educational & Productivity Solutions, a business of Texas Instruments, provides a wide range of advanced tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications and enabling students and teachers to explore math and science interactively. Designed with leading educators, Texas Instruments' educational technology and services are tested against recognized third-party research on effective instruction and improved student learning. Such research shows that use of graphing calculators and wireless collaborative technology in the classroom helps teachers implement instructional strategies that lead to higher student interest, engagement and achievement in mathematics.

*For more than 15 years, TI has worked closely with educators and administrators to develop student-focused curricular and supplemental classroom materials, and it supports the world's largest professional development organization for the appropriate use of educational technology. More information is available at www.education.ti.com.

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