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This Is the Reboot

For quite some time, I’ve planned to make significant changes to Tech Powered Math. Today is finally the day the new site launches. Some of those changes are readily apparent to long time visitors, as the site is getting a much needed visual refresh. Others, while less apparent, should provide a better user experience as I’ve migrated this site from WordPress to a lightweight static system, a system which I will continue to improve and tweak over time.

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Texas Instruments Releasing New Robotic Rover

I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t found a chance to comment on Texas Instruments’ very interesting announcement last month that they are release a robotic vehicle, the TI-Innovator Rover. The TI-Innovator Rover is designed to work with either with any TI-Nspire CX model or the TI-84 Plus CE. Check out the video below for a high level demonstration of the Rover in action. In addition to your graphing calculator, you’ll also need a TI-Innovator Hub.

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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.

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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.

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HP Prime Free Smartphone App

For those of you haven’t heard the news yet, HP recently released a new free version of the app based on their popular graphing calculator, the HP Prime (review). You can obtain get them on three different platforms: iOS, Android, and Windows 10. Just search for “HP Prime Free.” The apps are designed to mimic the functionality of the actual HP Prime. Having taken it for a spin on my Nexus 5X, I can tell you that it feels very much like original graphing calculator with a lot of the same functionality, but as per HP Museum, it is missing some cool apps such as Triangle Solver, Finance Solver, Linear Solver, and Quadratic Explorer, among others.

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TI-Innovator Ranger Demo and Code

A few weeks back, I added my review of the TI-Innovator. I had a couple of demos in that review, and I’ve been adding an explanation and code so interested teachers and students can try them out in their own classrooms. In this post, I’m taking the TI-Innovator Ranger for a spin. The Ranger technology is nothing new for Texas Instruments calculators, going all the way back to the TI-83 family of devices.

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TI-Innovator Hub Demo

I recently added a review of the TI-Innovator. I had a couple of simple demos in there, and I promised I’d show how I did them later. Here’s the first of two blog posts explaining one of those demos. This one is really simple, just playing a few notes from the original Super Mario Bros theme song using the TI-Innovator hub itself. If you are interested in doing your own experiment similar to this, it’s quite simple.

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TI-Innovator Review

Photo via Texas Instruments A few months back, Texas Instruments announced a new STEM education product they had developed that would encourage kids to develop coding skills right on their graphing calculators, the TI-Innovator. The Innovator would work with either the TI-Nspire CX family or the TI-84 Plus CE, the latest generation of Texas Instruments graphing calculators. I was very intrigued by the promotional materials and press release, but to be honest, I was not entirely clear what capabilities the TI-Innovator had.

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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 before, the goal was to plot using only functions/equations/relations available on the Nspire’s graphing menu and restricted domains.

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Can a Kindergartner Complete “The Hour of Code”?

Longtime readers of this blog will know I’m a big fan of the Hour of Code, an initiative with the goal of getting every student to program a computer for at least one hour during the school year. In my last day as a teacher in the public schools, my math department colleagues and I completed it with our students and were impressed how much our high school students could pick up in one class period.

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