AP Incentive Program | Change the Equation | Destination ImagiNation | MATHCOUNTS |
Robotics competitions | TI-Math Forward™ Program | Uplift Education | Visioneering | GEAR UP
TI works to help pique student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to encourage their pursuit of technology-related degrees and careers. We support programs that can benefit the most students or that have a track record of shifting student attitudes and achievements in STEM.
Previously, we pioneered some of these programs on our own. Today, we collaborate with established organizations that can affect greater progress. These are the primary programs TI and the TI Foundation supported in 2011:
AP Incentive Program
The Advanced Placement Incentive Program (APIP) encourages students to take more rigorous, college-level coursework in high school. The TI Foundation funds incentives for both teachers and students in the Dallas Independent School District (ISD) and Mesquite ISD in Texas because APIP prepares students for college and career success.
Change the Equation
Change the Equation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative to drive American innovation. More than 100 member companies, including TI, connect and align their philanthropy and advocacy to transform STEM learning in the U.S. – particularly for girls and students of color, who have long been underrepresented in these fields.
As a sponsor of this nonprofit, which provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving, TI’s Education Technology business helps Destination ImagiNation reach 125,000 students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. Student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments.
MATHCOUNTS inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging math programs. TI’s Education Technology business is a sponsor of the program, which is led by the National Society of Professional Engineers. More than 6 million students have been reached through programs since 1983.
Robotics competitions help students get excited about engineering, which in turn leads them to consider related careers. TI primarily supports two competitions:
- Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) uses a sport-like competition to introduce middle and high school students to the concepts of engineering. Founded in 1993 by two TI employees, the six-week competition now reaches more than 16,500 students in 17 states annually. To date, TI has invested more than $500,000 in the program, which has reached more than 100,000 students.
- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a multinational contest that brings teams of professionals and high school students together to solve an engineering design problem. FIRST engages high school students in mentor-based programs to build STEM skills that inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities. TI has been a FIRST sponsor for three years, and employees have donated their time to mentor participants.
TI-Math Forward™ Program
TI’s Education Technology business launched a comprehensive algebra readiness program in 2005 that combines research-based instruction, professional development and classroom technology. Leading mathematicians, educators and administrators helped TI develop this initiative. From its inception at a single Richardson, Texas, middle school, thousands of pre-algebra and algebra students and educators today achieve mathematics success through the program in districts across the nation.
The TI Foundation supports Uplift Education, a program of the largest charter school operator in Dallas that is striving for a 100 percent high school graduation rate for its 4,700 students. Most of its campuses are located in low-income areas, but nearly all of its schools are rated “exemplary” or “recognized” by the Texas Education Association.
TI annually sponsors this unique event at Southern Methodist University during National Engineers Week, which brings together middle school students, working engineers and innovators to explore the ways that engineering makes a difference in the world around us. The one-day event blends the excitement of a sporting event or live concert with the academics of a science fair, and delivers substance in a fun and exciting way.
The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant program is a major federal initiative designed to greatly increase the number of low-income students gaining admission to and achieving success in college. Since 2005, TI’s Education Technology business has provided extensive in-kind support and classroom technology to a large number of grant-recipient schools nationwide. Thousands of GEAR UP grant directors and staff, district and school administrators, teachers, students, and parents have benefited from TI’s commitment to this national effort.