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STEM Behind Sports

STEM Behind Sports

Continuing their popular “STEM Behind…” series of classroom activities that feature interesting applications of mathematics and science with Texas Instruments technologies, TI has launched a new curriculum module, STEM Behind Sports. Previous modules in the series like STEM behind Hollywood feature the TI-Nspire CX, but STEM Behind Sports features the TI-84 Plus CE (review).

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Like other STEM Behind… activites, you can STEM Behind Sports can be downloaded from the Texas Instruments website. It includes printable worksheets in PDF and Word format, so it’s easy to add or omit content as you see fit. There are activities at the middle school, high school Geometry and Algebra II level. I downloaded the Algebra II activity from the TI website and uploaded the appropriate files to my TI-84 Plus CE. The activity focused on projectile motion using concepts like the separability of vertical and horizontal components of motion and simple parametric graphing. Students will especially enjoy the ability to “kick” their own field goals using the program TI has included with the activity.

I love the idea of STEM Behind Sports because it has the potential to reach a very audience than previous STEM Behind… activities. Any high school math teacher (and really, any high school teacher) will tell you that there is a subset of students that is sport-obsessed but difficult to get interested in much else. STEM Behind Sports has the potential to reach those students with compelling mathematics problems.

Some TI-84 Plus CE Launch Models Will Require Immediate Upgrade

UPDATE (5/7/2015): Texas Instruments has released the new version of their TI-84 Plus CE operating system, version 5.0.1.0012. It can be downloaded from education.ti.com. You’ll also need the new version of TI-Connect. If you run into any problems on the upgrade, TI customer support can help you out at 1-800-TI-CARES.   Tomorrow, you’ll be able… Continue Reading

The Evolving TI-84 Plus Platform

The Evolving TI-84 Plus Platform

With a platform that’s been around as long as the TI-84, which is in and of itself the evolution of the TI-83 (launched in 1996), we’re bound to see models come and go. On Texas Instruments’ official website, I’ve noticed that certain models related to the TI-84 Plus were no longer featured. It also appears that… Continue Reading

TI-84 Plus CE Week

TI-84 Plus CE Week

It’s TI-84 Plus CE week here at Tech Powered Math. I’ve had a couple of weeks to interact with the new TI-84 Plus CE. I also recently had a nice informational chat with Texas Instruments’ reps about some TI-84 Plus CE news and how the TI-84 product line is evolving. All that added up to more than I… Continue Reading

TI-84 Plus CE Announcement Tomorrow

TI-84 Plus CE Announcement Tomorrow

It’s been a couple of years since Texas Instruments has announced a significant change to one of their major graphing calculator product lines, the most recent being the addition of color to the TI-84 line with the TI-84 Plus C. Tomorrow morning, TI will officially break their silence on a big update to that same extremely popular line… Continue Reading