develop critical coding and STEM skills
The student team with the most points at the end of the challenge wins an out-of-this-world prize pack, including TI’s new limited-edition Galaxy Gray graphing calculator, a $500 Amazon gift card, a stellar NASA swag bag and a live video chat with an astronaut.
“The future of space exploration lies in the hands of students in today’s classrooms,” said Peggy Whitson, a NASA astronaut who has been to outer space three times and is currently living and working on the International Space Station. “By creating opportunities to encourage teamwork, creativity and problem-solving, we can make learning fun and set students on a course to become the next generation of explorers.”
Students who accept the mission will automatically be entered to win TI’s new Galaxy Gray TI-84 Plus CE, one of the coolest STEM tools on planet Earth. Students are also invited along on weekly virtual field trips, offering exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to NASA’s headquarters. Student teams can check out where they stand, in relation to their classmates and other competing teams from around the country, by following real-time updates to the “Search for STEMnauts” leaderboard on the contest website: STEMnauts.com.
“We’ve added a high-tech, interactive twist to the traditional scavenger hunt that will appeal to all students,” said Peter Balyta, Ph.D, President of Texas Instruments Education Technology. “By making a game out of learning important skills, like coding and problem-solving, we hope to foster a life-long love of STEM and open students up to a variety of exciting career opportunities.”
To view the official contest rules and to accept the mission, visit: www.STEMnauts.com.