Texas Instruments (TI) will
lead a math education initiative based on the hit series "NUMB3RS."
In partnership with CBS, and working in association with the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), TI has created an educational
outreach program promoting the many uses of mathematics and supporting
math teaching. The program begins with the first episode of the season,
premiering Friday, September 23 at 10/9c on CBS.
The program includes TI
and NCTM -- developed math education activities
for teachers and students based on the "NUMB3RS" TV show.
The activities will
be based on the mathematics presented in each episode, and will be
which premiered on January 23, 2005, focuses on FBI agent
Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) who recruits his mathematical genius
brother Charlie (David Krumholtz) to help the Bureau solve
a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles.
Inspired by actual cases, the series
depicts how police work and
mathematics provide unexpected revelations and answers to the most
perplexing criminal questions.
Math teachers began using
"NUMB3RS" content informally during the show's
first season as a supplemental teaching tool to encourage their
get more interested in math with positive results. This year the
being made official with financial and operational support from
association with NCTM, so that the nation's math teachers in grades
receive high quality, engaging activities that have been developed
classroom teachers and leading mathematicians for students at grade-
"TI is proud to work with 'NUMB3RS' and NCTM to promote student
interest in mathematics," said Melendy Lovett, president, Educational
& Productivity Solutions, Texas Instruments. "TI has long
worked with math and science educators, and we view our 'NUMB3RS'
program as another way to help classroom teachers show students
the real world relevancy of math."
"It is really gratifying to know that 'NUMB3RS' can serve a
pure entertainment. We are glad that TI and NCTM see the educational
our show and we and the cast of 'NUMB3RS' look forward to doing
can to spread the word that 'Math is cool!'" stated "Numb3rs"
Producers and co-Creators Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci.
NCTM, the nation's largest and most respected association of mathematics
teachers, will work with TI and "NUMB3RS" to create special
activities corresponding with the math used in each episode of "NUMB3RS."
Students will have the chance to more deeply explore the math derived
from the concepts highlighted in each week's episode.
"We're proud to be working in association with TI and 'NUMB3RS'
implement this exciting educational outreach program," said
Cathy Seeley, NCTM president. "By emphasizing the real world
applications of math, we hope to motivate students to go further
and learn more challenging mathematics while
raising their awareness of how 'we all use math every day.'"
TI will also be conducting sweepstakes, commencing in 2006 that
incorporate math questions in an "Open Book Quiz." Two
students and one
teacher will each win a trip for four to Hollywood to meet cast
members of the
show. The two winning students will also receive scholarships. The
teacher will also win a walk-on part on "NUMB3RS." Teachers
can find program
information and order a classroom start-up kit at cbs.com/numb3rs.