The TI Codes Contest challenges students to develop solutions using TI education technology that helps improve daily lives. The company suggests examples including an alarm clock that shakes the bed, a smart irrigation system that conserves water, or a device that tracks a home’s electricity use in real time.
The company says it is looking for designs built using its graphing calculators and the TI-Innovator Hub – a palm-sized box with a built-in microcontroller that plugs into a TI graphing calculator. Powered by the same technology leading engineers around the world use to design cutting-edge innovations from self-driving cars to smartphones, the Innovator allows students to imagine, design, and test creative solutions, says TI.
“At TI, we want to help teachers keep students engaged in math and science as visions of summer vacation start dancing in their heads,” says Curtis Brown, former teacher turned math specialist for TI. “This fun, hands-on contest combines coding, collaboration and some spirited competition to keep students focused on learning important STEM concepts as the school year comes to a close.”
To enter the contest, teams of up to five students, ages 13 to 19, can submit written design proposals at the TI Codes Contest outlining an everyday process they want to improve and their proposed solution. A panel of judges from TI will evaluate each proposal and then determine which teams move on to the next round of the contest.
As teams advance, they will start building their proposed design. Ten semi-finalists will receive a TI graphing calculator, a TI-Innovator Hub with TI LaunchPad Board, and a $50 gift card for additional supplies to build their design and showcase it in a video.
The winner will ultimately be selected by a public vote on the favorite semi-finalist design video. Each member of the winning team will receive a graphing calculator and TI’s calculator-controlled robotic vehicle, the TI-Innovator Rover.
The teacher that sponsored the winning team will also win a $250 gift card to help cover the cost of future class activities. All teams will be entered to win random prizes aimed at sparking their interest in coding and STEM, says the company.