Texas Instruments

“We have supported education since TI’s founding more than 80 years ago, and it’s as important today as any time in our history. Innovation is the key to our company’s and our nation’s future, and to innovate, TI and other American companies must be able to hire highly skilled, STEM-capable engineers and technicians. To ensure the quality of our future workforce and stay globally competitive, we must support advancements in STEM education.

We must move from being great philanthropists to being strategic investors who are looking for return on investment –with the ROI in this case being student achievement.  We identify outcomes-based organizations focused on root causes.  We look for programs that have direct link to student achievement and can prove it.  The key is recognizing that solutions take more than money. It takes investment and involvement.  We align volunteerism with giving, inspiring our employees to get directly involved in education as contributors, volunteers, mentors, tutors and advocates. 

And finally, we must collaborate with others who share our goal of quality STEM education for every child.  We believe that every child can and should have the educational foundation to succeed regardless of race, geography, native language, gender or income.  But, business cannot act alone.  A collaborative effort is required for systemic change.  It’s our responsibility to join other key education stakeholders – school districts, higher education, non-profits, city governments, and others –to work together with a shared agenda.  Together, we can solve STEM education challenges and achieve large-scale systemic change through collective impact.”

- Richard K. Templeton, CEO

Why is your company signing the Commitment to Excellence?

STEM literacy is a national imperative.  America’s ability to compete depends on the ability of its workforce to innovate.  Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are the building blocks of innovation and provide the foundation for addressing key global challenges whether in energy, safety, healthcare, security or others.  Because education is fundamentally a state and local function, and employers across the country must engage and collaborate at all levels to improve STEM education, embrace high standards, and measure progress.

What are your company’s specific PreK-12 STEM interests (e.g. computer programming, robotics, engineering, etc.)?

TI works to build a pipeline of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-capable students by encouraging their success in these subjects and their pursuit of technology-related degrees and careers. We support numerous programs in the U.S. that provide the maximum impact and have a track record of shifting student attitudes and achievements in STEM disciplines.

We recognize that to increase the number of math- and science-capable students equipped to enter into and graduate from STEM-based disciplines, we must invest in the development and certification of teachers. We support programs that assist educators and help them teach at their maximum potential. Also, TI Education Technology and DLP™ products and services are improving math and science teaching and learning.

What PreK-12 STEM programs, particularly those contained in STEMworks, does your company support?

Within the STEMworks data base, TI supports:

  • High Tech High Heels Physics Camps/the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)
  • Math Forward
  • National Math and Science Initiative’s Advanced Placement Program
  • UTeach programs 

Please see ti.com/education for additional information about TI’s education initiatives.   

Please share ways in which your company collaborates with state/local organizations or other companies around STEM learning.

    At the national level, TI partners with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) , Council of State Supervisors of Science (CS3), Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and National Council of Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) to support the implementation of rigorous standards in the STEM fields in the classroom. Such support consists of serving on boards, advisory committees, collaborating in the areas of research, professional development, exemplar content creation and advocacy efforts. 

    Locally, TI partners with school leaders, chambers of commerce, non-profits and local/state government in the communities where the company operates. Specifically in California we are supporting collaborative impact efforts around the launch of Common Core, and in Texas through Educate Texas and COMMIT we have joined other thought leaders working along the cradle to career continuum to align our resources around a common set of metrics.