Category Archives: Fun stuff

New Contest: Texas Instruments & NASA “Search for STEMnauts”

Texas Instruments just launched a new contest that’s definitely worth taking a look at if you are a middle school or high school teacher. You’ll need to put together a team of 5 students and a teacher sponsor to work together to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and brainteasers that have been posted to the contest website. The contest is a partnership with NASA, and if you attempt the challenge, you’ll quickly find that the puzzles are all space themed. Here’s the video introducing the contest.

There are some great prizes involved with this contest too. Prizes for the top team include the following:

  • TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculators for each team member
  • $500 Amazon gift card
  • Passes to choice of NASA visitor center
  • A video chat with a NASA subject matter expert

The contest runs through May 31, 2017.

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

OBi202 VOIP Review

OBi202 VOIP Review

Click here to get the OBi202 on Amazon with FREE shipping. As my previous couple of posts have explained, I recently came up against the problem of having to choose between bad cell phone service in my home or bad service on my daily commute, depending on which provider I went with. The way I decided… Continue Reading