Aug 20 2013
I just wrapped up the Back to School campaign I do with Texas Instruments and I thought I would share some highlights.
The campaign this year is called “STEM Behind Hollywood” and what we did was we took concepts and ideas kids already see and know and love in Hollywood (zombies, superheroes, space, and forensics) to get them excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Stemhollywood.com is the website for our campaign and we have free (free!) downloadable activities for the TI-Nspire CX graphing calculator as well as iPad apps that explain the real science and math behind these Hollywood concepts.
Starting with zombies, I got to meet and work with Dr. Steve Schlozman, author of The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notes from the Apocalypse. Dr. Steve is actually a child psychiatrist but since he was a kid he has loved zombies. He wrote this fascinating fictional book about what it would be like for an actual doctor to study and analyze zombies and now they are turning his book into a movie. Read the rest of this entry →
Oct 23 2012
I do a lot of things in my life. I’m an actress, a mom, a vegan, a homeschooler. I’m a traditional and observant-loving Jewish mama. I’m also the spokeswoman for Texas Instruments Education Technology. Here’s an example of what I get to do and what it means to represent STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) everywhere TI takes me.
I was in Connecticut this week visiting a high school in New Britain. One of the seniors there named Nicholas “won” me to come teach a class at his school through TI’s “Take Mayim Back to School” contest and campaign. Nicholas also won $50,000 of TI-Nspire CX handheld devices (think graphing calculator but in color, with science and chemistry and physics attachments and probes, and a ton more features, by the way. It’s kind of awesome), TI-Nspire Navigators (which wirelessly network the calculators in the classroom so the teacher can view every students screen, take classroom polls and bring more student interaction into the lessons), teacher training, and other resources and support that will last his large public school dozens of years. Read the rest of this entry →