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Love of Math Unites Celebrities to Judge Texas Instruments Nationwide Design Contest

TI’s GraphiTI Contest Awards Students and Teachers with Shopping Sprees, Graphing Technology and National Recognition from Celebrities and Peers

Aug 16, 2006

DALLAS - (August 16, 2006) - Texas Instruments, the long-time leader in handheld graphing technology,* today named the panel of celebrities that will judge its nationwide GraphiTI contest. The contest is open to students and teachers and allows them to design and submit original art 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.

The panel of judges includes:

  • Algebra, exciting new female R&B singer songwriter whose debut album hits stores this Fall
  • Tim Legler, ESPN announcer and former NBA player
  • Danica McKellar, Hollywood actress, writer, producer and mathematician, starring this Fall in the Lifetime Movie Network’s Inspector Mom
  • George Stults, star of the WB hit television show, 7th Heaven
  • Mark Steines, co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight

Each celebrity will donate TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculators to his or her favorite school, charity or event as a way of giving back to the community and supporting the importance of math education. The celebrities also encourage students and teachers by talking about the role math plays in each of their lives at the GraphiTI contest Web site, www.tibacktoschool.com.

“Math creates focus and helps me to communicate,” Kedar Entertainment recording artist Algebra writes. “Something so simple as adding and subtracting can determine the nature of greatness.”

Students and teachers enter the contest by creating their own GraphiTI designs using online tools that feature various backgrounds, colors and patterns and allow them to upload personal images which fit into the GraphiTI template. America will choose the top 10 entries via online voting, and the celebrities will select one student and one teacher as grand prize winners.

The GraphiTI contest will award one student and one teacher each the Grand Prize of a $1,000 shopping spree, plus a TI-Navigator™ classroom learning system and a set of 30 TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculators for the school of their choice. Their designs will also be reproduced in a special-edition printing. The top ten finalists from the student and teacher categories will each receive a TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. Last year’s GraphiTI contest generated more than 3,500 student entries. The deadline for contest entries is September 29, 2006. Complete rules for the contest can be viewed at www.tibacktoschool.com.

A graphing calculator is a learning tool designed to help students visualize and better understand concepts in math and science, allowing them to make real-world connections in a variety of subjects.  Designed for high school and college classes, students typically start using graphing calculators like the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition in the 8th grade and can take it with them to college. The TI-84 Plus Silver Edition is one of the most widely accepted graphing calculators in education and is highly recommended for its functionality, ease of use and value.  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 24 educational applications (Apps) and 500 SAT and 500 ACT test prep questions.

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.

Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers’ real world signal processing requirements.  In addition to Semiconductor, the company includes the Educational & Productivity Solutions business.  TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries.

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Regina Haas
The Point Group
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*Handheld technology leadership measured in USA by Decision Analyst, Inc.

**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 does not endorse this product. Policies subject to change. Visit www.collegeboard.com and www.act.org for more information.