Thought leadership | Teacher effectiveness | Hands-on programs | Employee ambassadors | Technology | University partnerships | Results | Looking ahead
TI believes that education is fundamental to the growth of individuals, companies and global economies. Boosting student interest in science, technology, engineering and math- (STEM) related careers is vital not only to our company’s sustainability, but also to the economic health of the U.S. and the world.
In 2013, we took several approaches to help strengthen STEM learning, including collaborating with other organizations; supporting teacher effectiveness; and emphasizing programming and tools, mentoring, and university partnerships.
TI continued to collaborate with the world’s brightest minds and consortia to strengthen education and increase the pool of STEM professionals.
In 2013, we:
- Participated in the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference to discuss how to prepare students to excel in math and science and increase the nation’s competitive STEM workforce.
- Hosted Salman Khan, founder and executive director of the Khan Academy, for a community forum in Dallas. He discussed how technology can reduce inequities in the education system so that all students can be successful regardless of income, ethnicity or other circumstances.
- Sponsored a higher education forum during which Freeman Hrabowski, chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, met with TI and members of the Dallas Regional Chamber. He encouraged collaboration among business, academic and civic leaders to advance changes in higher education and create a workforce that drives innovation.
- Sponsored a Dallas Regional Chamber forum for North Texas education leaders that featured Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation. Change the Equation is a CEO-led initiative to mobilize the business community to improve the quality of STEM learning in the U.S.
- Cosponsored the Metroplex Technology Business Council STEM Summit, which brought together more than 70 North Texas industry champions and education experts to talk about how to close the gap in STEM education.
- Contributed $100,000 to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Common Core Initiative through the TI Community Fund. We also hosted a public meeting at TI’s Santa Clara, California, office to discuss how Common Core standards could better prepare our students for college and their chosen professions, and the opportunity for districts to collaborate while implementing the standards.
- Participated in a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gathering to discuss how the U.S. education system can better prepare young African-Americans to actively participate in today’s workforce.
- Continued collaborating with organizations such as National Math and Science Initiative and Change the Equation. We also expanded our engagement with Commit!, a collaborative impact model to improve student success in Dallas County, Texas.
Second only to health care, the fastest-growing occupation in the U.S. is STEM-oriented careers. Without effective math and science teachers, students won’t achieve the qualifications required to succeed in a competitive and evolving job market. In 2013, we continued providing educators resources and professional development opportunities to strengthen their ability to teach STEM subjects. For example, we:
- Granted more than $4 million from the TI Foundation for programs supporting teacher effectiveness. (See TI Foundation giving.)
- Provided more than $300,000 in TI Community Fund grants for hands-on student learning and teacher development as part of TI Power of STEM education grants in our Silicon Valley, California; Portland, Maine; and Greenock, Scotland, site communities.
- Hosted the 25th annual Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference to offer professional development opportunities to educators from around the globe. The conference brings together education experts, thought leaders, and math and science teachers to discuss relevant topics in education, and continues those dialogues year-round.
- Launched TICommonCore.com to provide educators with free resources, classroom-ready activities for TI-Nspire™ CX and TI-84 Plus calculators, and professional development programs to ensure the successful implementation of Common Core State Standards for mathematics.
- Recognized and helped retain excellent teachers:
- Awarded 13 North Texas and five Silicon Valley-area teachers with STEM teaching awards.
- Sponsored the 2013 California Teacher of the Year gala to recognize the most innovative and inspirational educators in that state.
- Offered online classroom activities and resources to help teachers demonstrate real-world STEM concepts to students.
- Provided support through TI Education Technology customer-service centers to thousands of educators around the world.
TI offers hands-on opportunities to increase student interest in STEM, including summer camps, site and school visits, college preparation programs, and other symposiums. In 2013, we:
- Launched the STEM Behind Hollywood program to get middle and high school students excited about STEM. Developed in collaboration with The Science & Entertainment Exchange and TI spokeswoman Mayim Bialik, the program draws young people into STEM by showing the real-life science and math behind the magic they see in movies and on TV. We also offered free online classroom activities to help teachers demonstrate the real-world concepts behind popular Hollywood themes: zombies, space and forensics.
- Sponsored, coached teams, and provided volunteers for the VEX World Robotics Championship; the 2013 For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Championship; and the Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) robotics competitions. These events build excitement about STEM for thousands of middle, high school and college students worldwide.
- Celebrated the opening of the Plano High School Academy, which uses a unique project/problem-based learning curriculum focused on STEM and digital arts. TI provided a $5 million investment to the Plano Independent School District over five years to support the school. Many TI employees have participated as volunteers at the academy and other schools around the world to improve education in their local communities.
TI creates and funds opportunities for employees to reach out to students and show them how engineering can change the world. In 2013, hundreds of our staff:
- Mentored budding engineers at numerous events.
- Judged robotics competitions and coached teams.
- Visited campuses to demonstrate how engineering changes the world.
- Engaged female and ethnic minority students about opportunities in STEM fields.
TI spokeswoman Mayim Bialik also visited Florida middle schools to promote STEM careers as well as a new STEMsmart TechActive classroom that integrates sophisticated, interactive technology and hands-on learning in a laboratory environment.
TI provides DLP® and Education Technology curriculums and tools to help students grasp the fundamentals of STEM and make classroom learning more stimulating. To help students reach a deeper conceptual understanding of STEM subjects, in 2013 we:
- Launched the TI-Nspire app for the iPad, which extends the benefits of TI-Nspire learning technology to the tablet platform.
- Released a multitouch technology prototype capable of turning any surface into a fully interactive touch screen. It can allow up to 20 students, for example, to solve a problem simultaneously on a wall-sized screen.
- Released the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition graphing calculator to improve math and science learning. It has full-color capability and can import photos and overlay graphs to connect concepts to the real world.
- Donated 100 multimedia-equipped classrooms to schools in poverty-stricken areas of central and west China and trained teachers on how to use the technology to enhance student learning.
To expand and continue building a qualified pipeline of innovators at TI, we partner with universities in 35 countries to integrate the latest analog and embedded technology into engineering curriculums. We also offer engineering tools and training that accelerate both faculty and student knowledge and skills. For example, in 2013 we:
- Helped fund a state-of-the-art electronics teaching lab at the University of California, Berkeley to encourage ingenuity among undergraduate engineering students.
- Partnered with the University of Texas at Austin to offer a “learn-by-doing” public online course that showed its 36,000 registrants how to build solutions to real-world problems using embedded systems. We are working to expand these types of courses, which can be taken by anyone living nearly anywhere in the world.
- Helped create the Startup Launch Program with the University of Texas at Dallas’ Jindal School and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The program helps entrepreneurs launch startups by providing hands-on courses with experienced faculty, offering office and laboratory space, and giving as much as $25,000 in seed funding.
- Donated a new state-of-the-art lab to the University of Maine and stocked it with analog tools, integrated circuits and embedded processors. TI’s $60,000 investment will engage students early in their engineering education and help cultivate tomorrow’s innovators.
- Worked with top universities in China to enhance their engineering curriculums and to provide students with more hands-on experience and training to increase their ability to innovate with TI products. Also in China, we:
- Met with representatives from 807 universities and 16 electrical engineering-related majors to discuss establishing teaching standards, publishing high-level textbooks, and forging university and corporate partnerships to improve the quality of education.
- Helped develop biomedical engineering coursework and a design contest for students at more than 120 Chinese universities.
- Made it easier for engineering students to perform microcontroller programming and testing at home or in their dorm rooms through a “pocket lab,” which is essentially a portable lab made possible from TI’s MSP430™ LaunchPads. We continued offering and promoting these resources to top electrical engineering schools and universities in China.
- Collaborated with Tsinghua University to establish an automotive electronics laboratory.
- Responded to the Ministry of Education’s request to supply LaunchPads and TI-Nspire products for engineering labs at five select high schools in Shanghai, giving students hands-on opportunities earlier in their schooling.
- Worked with top universities in China to enhance their engineering curriculums and to provide students with more hands-on experience and training to increase their ability to innovate with TI products.
- Conducted 12 national TI Innovation Challenge Design Contests for 63,200 students at top universities worldwide to encourage up-and-coming visionaries to share their ideas and put their passion into practice with a career at TI.
In 2013, TI invested more than $26 million to support university programs, including more than $9 million for university research and fellowships and another $4.7 million for labs, design contests and tools that promote TI as an employer of choice to students at the high school and university level. TI and its philanthropic arms also granted $7 million to support K-12 education programs in addition to $1.5 million to match employee gifts and volunteer hours.
See the Giving section of this report for more information about TI, TI Foundation and TI Community Fund education grants and gifts-in-kind supported during the year.
TI will continue to boost student interest in and teacher knowledge of STEM subjects and related careers in 2014 by:
- Continuing investments to advance innovative education programs with community partners.
- Opening a TI Project Hope School in Nanbu County, China, through the China Youth Development Foundation.
- Providing STEM curriculums, labs and learning technology, and forming strategic partnerships with select U.S. high schools and universities to ignite student interest in pursuing related university degrees and careers.
- Granting an additional $1.8 million to the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas to support UTeach, a program that allows university students majoring in math or science to also receive a full teaching certification without adding time or cost to their degrees. The TI Foundation supports UTeach’s effort to develop 100,000 U.S. math and science educators by 2020.
- Enabling the AP Incentive Program to be implemented within the Garland (Texas) Independent School District, the fifth Texas school district funded by the TI Foundation through a $1.5 million grant.
- Expanding professional development programs and content offerings to help educators integrate Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards into U.S. classrooms.
- Providing professional development to eighth grade math educators in Texas who will be preparing for the new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum standards. These standards require that students use graphing technology to develop their algebra readiness skills.
- Evaluating a university-based apprenticeship program that will train middle school educators how to teach AP courses, in an effort to maintain younger students’ interest in STEM.
- Continuing to make educators aware of TI’s education technologies, professional development offerings, free online resources including webinars and tutorials, and thousands of free classroom-ready activities to improve math and science teaching and learning in the U.S. and abroad.
- Improving Dallas-area teacher effectiveness by more strategically measuring the impact of programs funded by the TI Foundation.
- Expanding our global network of Teachers Teaching with Technology instructors and trainers to provide world-class professional development to educators.
- Evaluating a teacher externship that would allow middle and high school STEM teachers in North Texas to see the jobs available now for STEM-degreed graduates in the semiconductor industry. It will give teachers the opportunity to show the real-world implications of pursuing a STEM education.
- Providing LaunchPads to students at select high schools across the U.S. to give them an early exposure to engineering.
- Developing an educator toolkit for TI employee volunteers to use when helping students in schools. It contains a curriculum, resource materials, handouts and videos.
- Continuing to provide TI experts opportunities to demonstrate to students how they can change the world through engineering.
- Making significant investments in universities with research programs that align with our technology roadmap. This is critical to long-term innovation and serves as a talent pipeline for our future workforce.
- Expanding our analog power curriculum support in universities worldwide and further encouraging the integration of embedded technology in curriculums.
- Collaborating with post-secondary institutions in the North Texas area to financially support and increase the graduation rate of engineers. More than half of higher education students start in community college. Community colleges are important source of not just post-secondary graduates, but diverse post-secondary graduates from underrepresented populations.