Texas Instruments is one of the leading companies helping teachers and students learn science concepts in a deeper, more engaging way, providing ready-to-use lessons that cover essential science topics and build a more profound understanding of the math concepts that research shows are tough to learn. They offer an easy, accurate, and inexpensive way to get students started with real-world data collection. We were actually given a TI-nspire CX CAS handheld graphing calculator, easytemp temperature sensor, CBR 2 motion sensor, and the software by my aunt. Aunt Peggy designs lessons for Texas Instruments and had some extra equipment for us to try out.
We downloaded the software and got to work catching data and trying out our new toys. First we used the CBR 2 motion sensor that allows you to collect and analyze real-world motion data, such as distance, velocity and acceleration. It’s great for algebra through calculus and statistics, physical science and physics. We had the girls walk toward the sensor, push toy trucks, and use a remote control car so the computer could collect the data which showed on the computer screen. My aunt demonstrated how different speeds and motion showed up differently on the screen.
Next we tried our second toy, TI-nspire Vernier EasyTemp, which was the easy temp sensor, taking temperatures of different items. The neat thing about the temp sensor is that it recorded the data on the computer as we changed the temperature of a item. We tried ice, the freezer and fridge, and hubby’s armpit.
Texas Instruments offers lesson plans and fun activities that students can do with these amazing instruments. They have the opportunity to learn more about life science, earth science, physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, and forensics. The computer also allows students to do activities in middle grade math, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, pre-calculus, calculus, and statistics. Most of the lessons are for middle and high school ages but can be preformed by older elementary students. We plan to dive more into these activities and play, experiment, and have fun with our new toys as we learn.