Wyoming High School Wins TI-Nspire™ STEM Project Challenge from Texas Instruments (TI)

Students' real-world project earns school $10,000 in education technology

DALLAS (May 23, 2012) – Students from Hot Springs County High School in Thermopolis, Wyoming have won the Texas Instruments TI-Nspire™ STEM Project Challenge, earning $10,000 in TI-Nspire CX technology for their classroom. The winning project focused on how wind energy could significantly decrease their local school district's carbon footprint.

"When I received the news that 'When the Wind Blows Project' was the winner of the TI STEM Challenge, I could not contain my excitement," said Brenda Peterman, a trigonometry teacher at Hot Springs High School and a T3 – Teachers Teaching with Technology™ instructor. "Having their hard work recognized at the national level is an honor we couldn't have anticipated! I am fortunate to have Texas Instruments technology in my classroom to facilitate instruction and enhance student learning."

The team from Hot Springs County High School was one of 15 teams from across the nation that were challenged with integrating TI's newest TI-Nspire CX technology into a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum to solve the real-world problem of their choice by developing a unique and creative project.

Each school then submitted their project for judging by a panel of professionals in STEM-related careers. Peterman teamed up with physics teacher London Jenks and chemistry teacher Donna Daniels to create the "When the Wind Blows" project. It was awarded the most points based on a grading rubric with criteria including:

  • Well-defined local issue
  • Use of real world skills
  • Development of clearly defined research problems
  • Updated weekly project blogs and clear support of entries

The winning teachers will receive TI-Nspire CX handhelds, TI-Nspire Lab Cradles, and an all-expense paid trip for them to attend and present at the 2013 T3 – Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

"TI designed the TI-Nspire CX STEM Project Challenge to place TI's newest technology for the classroom, lab, and field into the hands of students to solve real-world, local issues and foster students' interest in STEM career fields," said Catherine Page, marketing programs manager for Texas Instruments Education Technology. "Through this challenge, TI believes students will make stronger connections to how they will apply math and science in the future – and that's when the real learning happens."

To view the students' project blog visit, https://sites.google.com/a/hotsprings1.org/ti-stem/home or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDbFEre0R80&feature=plcp.

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