Join the Math for the Win 30-day photo contest for a chance to meet the Mathlete® and win $500

DALLAS, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- When you’re a brilliant mathematician like the Baltimore Ravens’ John Urschel, a football playbook is only so challenging. So the 6-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman looks for mathematics in everyday life for mental stimulation, and he’s asking you to do the same. Get in the game by snapping photos of how and where you use math at school, at home, on the practice field — anywhere and everywhere – for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card and a video conference for your class with the professional athlete.

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Kicking off August 19, in coordination with World Photo Day (#WorldPhotoDay), and running through September 17, you can show John Urschel how you use math for the win in everyday life on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #MathFTW and #TIContest to be entered to win. And, get creative! The gifted mathematician is seeing a lot of math these days as he pursues his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Urschel, who holds a 4.0 Grade Point Average, is all the proof students need to see they can be good at academics while pursuing other passions – from athletics to the arts.

"I want to show kids that math is cool and that it’s not just doing your times table 100 times," said Urschel. "From using a quantitative process to make a split second decision on the football field, to understanding the math behind music theory – math helps us win every day."

Need some inspiration to get started? For every day of the contest, TI will give away one of its TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculators in "Golden Ratio" or "Bright White," two new limited-edition colors for back to school.  John Urschel will pick his favorite five photos to be entered into the "Math for the Win" Hall of Fame. Starting September 21, you can vote for your favorite photo to win the grand prize. Learn how to enter and see the complete "Math for the Win" contest rules at

"We’re excited to team up with accomplished mathematician and professional athlete John Urschel to launch our Math for the Win photo contest and show students that mathematics is rooted in reality," said Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of TI Education Technology (@pbalyta). "As a former teacher with a doctorate in mathematics education, I want students to see that math underlies every aspect of life and it can help you solve almost any problem."

How can you use math to help you win every day? Here are just five simple ways math helps you win in your day-to-day activities:

  • Sports: Playing baseball, volleyball or soccer? These sports involve trigonometry to determine the perfect angle to get the ball where you need it to score the winning point.
  • Music: Whether you play country or rock-and-roll, sine waves describe the notes and sounds that make the music that comes from your guitar.
  • Chess: When playing chess, you need to think three moves ahead to beat your opponent. The same thought process is used when you plan an efficient solution when solving for unknown quantities.
  • Cooking: Looking to cut your recipe in half? Need to convert from ounces to cups? Cooking uses fractions, ratios, division and multiplication to get your recipe just right.
  • Art: Why are our eyes drawn to specific art pieces? Geometry is at the heart of artistic masterpieces that make them aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

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John Urschel has teamed up with Texas Instruments to show students how they can be good at sports and academics.


John Urschel’s love of chess uses the same logical reasoning found when solving mathematical equations.


Whether rocking out or strumming along to a classical tune, John Urschel uses math to understand the rhythm and beat of any song.


Studying for his Ph.D. in applied mathematics at MIT, John Urschel shows students how learning math in the classroom pays off when outside the school walls.


On the field, in school or at home, John Urschel wants to show students how math taught in the classroom is an integral part of everyday activities.


SOURCE Texas Instruments

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