DALLAS, TX -- Texas Instruments (TI) today unveiled the TI-Innovator Hub, a classroom tool that introduces students to coding and engineering design to prepare them for the jobs of the future. Most educators and experts agree coding is a skill so important that every student needs to know the basics to excel in a rapidly changing world.
The TI-Innovator Hub, a palm-sized box with a built-in microcontroller, plugs into the graphing calculator many middle and high school students already own, a TI-84 Plus CE or a TI-Nspire™ CX, and allows them to analyze and explain the world around them. It was created using the TI LaunchPad™ Board, the same technology used by leading engineers around the world to design cutting-edge products from smart watches to 3-D printers. 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.
Students at Heritage Middle School in Deltona, Florida took the TI-Innovator for a test drive as part of a pilot program with TI. "Before, I really wasn't interested in what programming was," said eighth grader Jasmine Jones-Pas. "But after I started working with the Innovator, it was like a whole new world was opened." Students in Jasmine's class used the TI-Innovator to write code that activated a motor, flashed colored lights and played music on the built-in speakers. "It's really like every day there's a new possibility with a new experiment and new results that you can get," said student, Andrew O'Connor. "It is really amazing!"
The TI-Innovator 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. For availability and pricing, contact an instructional product dealer.