In August New Britain High School student Nicholas Lombardo submitted an essay describing why New Britain High School needs the grand prize package of TI-NspireTMCX math and science learning technology, and how the technology will make a positive impact at the school.
He soon forgot about it. That is until last Thursday.
On Oct. 11 he was notified he won the contest netting a grand prize worth approximately $50,000 as well 60 TI-Nspire CX handhelds, TI-Nspire student and teacher software, two TI-Nspire CX NavigatorTM systems and TI-Nspire Data Collection Solutions. The prize also includes a TI Professional Development Program, customized for NBHS math and science teachers.
And to top it all off the school had a special visit by Dr. Mayim Bialik, who stars on the hit CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” and who helped choose the winner.
“I totally put it out of my mind for two months,” said Lombardo. “It’s been a lot to take in, in just a few days.”
On Tuesday, Oct. 16 Bialik taught a math and science lesson at New Britain High School utilizing TI-Nspire CX technology. Bialik holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and is a passionate advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
Bialik said Lombardo’s essay was organized and that was important.
“He said this kind of technology allows you to visualize more abstract ideas easily,” said Bialik. “Nick honed in on one of the main reasons I love working with Texas Instruments.”
The second thing Bialik liked about his essay was he knew using the instruments would lead to higher test scores.
“He said it would also bring a special sense of pride,” said Bialik. “I knew this must be a really special student and indeed he is.”
She said that Lombardo said it was the space shuttle of calculators.
“That made me have a crush on him even more,” Bialik added. “This absolutely is what the future of technology and beyond will look like for your students.”
Bialik said she got chills because Lombardo said he has a teacher who gives his time above and beyond in Mr. Keith Pigeon.
“When we become teachers and live the life of a teacher it is not instantaneously rewarding, but you have touched one student so much that he wanted this for you, other students and the school,” said Bialik to Pigeon. “Thank you for what you give to this school.”
“We have a great team here. It is not just me,” said Pigeon. “I get the reward because I get them at the end. He is just an example of a great team that built him up to where he is.”
Lombardo said he was nervous about the day, but it was very nice.
“It was actually really fun,” said Lombardo. “It came out better than I thought it would.”
Lombardo, who is currently taking his second AP Calculus course, also stated that he hopes by winning the new devices and technology, more New Britain students will be inspired to pursue higher education.