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# Make coding take flight

Program the TI-Nspire™ CX II and TI-84 Plus CE Python graphing calculators to fly a Tello drone.

## Fly a Tello drone with TI technology

Get ready to launch into interactive STEM learning. Now teachers and students can program their TI-Nspire™ CX II or TI-84 Plus CE Python graphing calculators to make any one of the family of Tello drones fly.

With the combination of Tello and TI technology, students will learn to:

• Develop real-world text-based programming skills.
• Build valuable STEM skills and experience with drones.
• Experiment with loops, conditional statements, sequences and Boolean operators.

#### Did you know coding helps build math skills?

It strengthens students’ understanding of key math concepts, including distance, speed and time, and X, Y, Z coordinates.

## What you’ll need to start flying

• TI-Nspire™ CX II or TI-84 Plus CE Python graphing calculator
• Tello, Tello EDU (recommended) or Tello TT drone
• BBC micro:bit v2
• Micro USB to Mini USB OTG cable (to connect micro:bit to a graphing calculator)
• BitMaker V2 – Grove Expansion Board for micro:bit
• Grove – UART WiFi V2 module
• USB rechargeable battery
• Extra Tello drone batteries (optional but recommended)

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## Prepare for liftoff with TI technology in three easy steps

Get everything you need in one easy download. Included is the “runtime” hex file, the micro:bit module, and the Getting Started Guide featuring step-by-step instructions.

### 2. Flash the hex file

In order to flash the “runtime” hex file, connect the micro:bit to a computer then drag and drop the file to the micro:bit file directory. The Texas logo will light up the micro:bit.

Install the micro:bit module on your graphing calculator to add new Python menu options for coding the micro:bit. Find them in the Python application on the calculator.

## Free coding activities for the Tello drone

Prepare to take flight! Introduce beginners to the interactive world of programming drones, and the FAA’s requirements for becoming a certified drone pilot. In this activity, students will explore:

• Variables
• Importing libraries
• Use an object method
• Input and output (I/O)
• Flight safety

TI-Nspire™ CX II technology:

TI-84 Plus CE Python:

### Four Square

Play the traditional game of four square with a TI graphing calculator and a Tello EDU drone! In this activity, students will explore:

• Loops
• Go to X, Y, Z
• Variables

TI-Nspire™ CX II technology: