Category Archives: Fun stuff

Win a Texas Instrument Graphing Calculator #GenSTEMcontest

Win a Texas Instrument Graphing Calculator #GenSTEMcontest

As they often do to kick off the school year, Texas Instruments is doing a back-to-school contest with some very cool prizes on the line. From now through Sept 25, they’re giving away TI graphing calculators each week to a couple of lucky winners. Additionally, the grand prize is $500 and trip for two to Dallas to Texas Instruments’ HQ. To enter, visit the contest website where you can enter by taking a quiz about your STEM style quiz. You can also enter by posting a picture of how you’re into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and posting it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #GenSTEMcontest. As an added cool factor, former NFL center John Urschel and MIT PhD candidate in mathematics is helping to select the winners.

 

How to Draw Mario on the TI-Nspire

A few months back I had some time on my hands and did a post on how to graph Mickey Mouse with the TI-Nspire. Today I found myself in the same situation and decided to try my hand with the classic Nintendo character Mario on the Nspire. I imposed the same rules on myself as… Continue Reading

Galloping Ghost Arcade Review

Galloping Ghost Arcade Review

Last Friday, a college buddy Jim and I made a pilgrimage to Brookfield to the Galloping Ghost Arcade. This is a little outside the sphere of what I usually write about, as this tech does not relate to mathematics or education, and it’s not even particularly new or “gadgety”, but I had such a great… Continue Reading

Book Review: Bedtime Math–A Fun Excuse to Stay up Late Review

Book Review: Bedtime Math–A Fun Excuse to Stay up Late Review

Fresh off her 5th birthday, my oldest daughter has continued to be very interested in books at bedtime. She has also been showing an increasing interest in numbers:  counting anything and everything, flash cards, and number apps on her Kindle Fire. Of course, I find this budding interest in math delightful, and while I don’t… Continue Reading

12 Math Gifts for 2015

12 Math Gifts for 2015

Christmas will be here before you know it. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and older siblings (even significant others) are always looking for ways to encourage students and lifelong learners to foster their mathematical learning. One way is a Christmas math gift. Continue Reading