# Category Archives: Fun stuff

### 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.

### 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… Continue Reading

### 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

### TI-Nspire Graphing Art Mickey Mouse

Back when I was a Pre-Calculus teacher, one of the projects I used to assign during our conic sections unit was creating an art project out of equations, using circles, ellipses, lines, etc, and restricting their domains. It’s a fun way to reinforce how the various parameters for these equations influence the shape of their… Continue Reading

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

### Reminiscing at the Illinois State Math Team Championships

A little over a week ago, the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics held their annual state championship finals on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. For the first time since I left teaching mid-year during the 2014-15 school year, I was able to attend, having missed last year for a family engagement. What… Continue Reading

### 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

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

### Video of the First Solid State Calculator

I wish I could take credit for the amazing video that follows, but I can’t, so I just want to share it with everyone that follows Tech Powered Math. It’s from the YouTube channel TanRu Nomad, a great channel I’ve been subbed to for a while that covers retro games and computers. The video shows… Continue Reading