Texas Instruments and NASA launch virtual scavenger hunt with out-of-this-world prizes

        Texas Instruments and NASA launch virtual scavenger hunt with
                           out-of-this-world prizes

"The Search for STEMnauts" provides students with a chance to develop critical
coding and STEM skills

PR Newswire

DALLAS, April 19, 2017

DALLAS, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (TI) and NASA today
launched "The Search for STEMnauts," a virtual scavenger hunt designed to
ignite students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Each week, for the next six weeks, students in sixth through 12th grade are
challenged to solve space-related puzzles for a chance to unlock virtual
reward points. 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 weekly challenges range in difficulty from beginner to advanced and
introduce students to the coding and problem-solving skills NASA employees,
including astronauts, use in their jobs every day. From cracking a code using
TI's basic programming language to calculating the travel time between Earth
and Mars, students will put their STEM skills to the test.

"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:

About Texas Instruments:

Education Technology, a business of Texas Instruments, provides a wide range
of tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications,
helping students and teachers to explore mathematics and science
interactively. TI's products and services are tested vigorously against
recognized third-party research, which shows that the effective use of
graphing calculators improves the mathematical skills of students and their
attitudes toward mathematics. For more information, visit

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and
manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By
employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the
future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the
future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.

Texas Instruments and NASA have partnered to launch “The Search for
STEMnauts,” a virtual scavenger hunt that challenges students to unravel
space-related riddles for a chance to win stellar prizes.


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