TI props coding and engineering teaching tools

January 27, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Built around the TI LaunchPad Board, Texas Instruments' TI-Innovator Hub offers a classroom tool that introduces students to coding and engineering design.

The palm-sized box with a built-in microcontroller, plugs into the graphing calculator many secondary school students already own, a TI-84 Plus CET or a TI-Nspire CX and TI-Nspire CX CAS, and allows them to analyze and explain the world around them. For example, students can start by learning to write a program to play a single note, and then put together sounds at different frequencies to play a song.

“Coding has become one of the essential literacies in the 21st century education and there is a growing demand now for teaching students how to code. The TI-Innovator allows students to get hands-on with technology and not even realize they are learning important STEM principles, like coding, that they need to be successful in the classroom today, in college tomorrow and in their careers in the future”, said Alexandre Titin-Snaider, Director of TI Education Technology for Europe.

“The TI-Innovator replaces complicated electronic circuit construction with a few lines of simple computer code,” said Ian Galloway, an international education consultant and former physics teacher from the UK.  “Students can explore the real world using feedback and control by connecting their graphing calculator to the Innovator and using 10 minutes of code. The power of having control over lights, speakers and motors is both stimulating and motivating and can be accessed by all students using the TI Innovator.”

The TI-Innovator Hub was built specifically for use in the classroom and is enclosed in a durable case to protect against dings and drops. One system can be shared among several students.

Visit Texas Instruments at www.education.ti.com