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MAA SUMMA - New TI Calculators

Take Advantage of Special Pricing on TI Graphing Calculators

BBA, SUMMA, TI Extend Popular Education Program

March 25, 2013

Dear School Principal, School District Superintendent, or Project Administrator:

In 1998, the Benjamin Banneker Association (BBA) and the Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement (SUMMA) Program of the Mathematical Association of America announced a special pricing program offered by Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) on its reconditioned graphing calculators. We are happy to announce the extension of this innovative program designed to make it easier for schools to address the technology needs and enrich the curriculum of minority and/or economically disadvantaged students.

This program offers very attractive pricing on reconditioned TI-83 Plus graphing calculators, TI-Nspire Handhelds with Touchpad, and TI-Nspire CAS Handhelds with Touchpad. Note that all prices shown are "per calculator/per handheld" prices. These products, sold in teacher packages, are reconditioned to like-new operation and appearance, and are covered by TI's one-year limited warranty. Each teacher package contains 10 reconditioned calculators, and/or handhelds, batteries, manuals and unit-to-unit link cables, as well as a classroom poster. Calculators/Handhelds are for classroom use and may not be resold.

The deadline for applications to be received by SUMMA is November 15, 2013.

Who can participate

Any grade 6-16 school or school district (with the following exceptions) may apply to BBA/SUMMA to receive approval to obtain specially-priced reconditioned calculators and/or handhelds provided at least 50% of the students to be served are minority and/or economically disadvantaged. Any technology-based professional development project may also apply provided at least 50% of the target population to be served are minority. (Professional development projects may purchase single units instead of teacher packages).

Schools not eligible:

Schools and districts who already participated in this program between February 1, 1998 and December 31, 2012 AND who received the maximum number of calculators they were approved for by BBA/SUMMA.


  • Each grade 6-16 school is limited to 6 teacher packages (60 calculators and/or handhelds); school district limitations are based upon a 2:1 ratio, where there is one calculator for every two students, with a maximum of 6 teacher packages (60 calculators and/or handhelds) per school district due to present inventory limits.
  • Quantities of reconditioned calculators and/or handhelds are limited. Orders from approved applicants will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis while quantities last, so apply early.

Application Procedure (November 15, 2012 deadline)

Send a 1-2 page cover letter describing need/proposed uses and a completed application (attached) to :

SUMMA Program of the MAA
1529 Eighteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
ATTN: Dr. Genevieve Knight, BBA Liaison
ph: 202-319-8473; fax: 202-483-5450; e-mail:

Applications received by November 15, 2013. will be reviewed against program criteria and for completeness by BBA/SUMMA on an ongoing basis. Approved applicants will be notified and sent an order form (via FAX). To order calculators, the qualifying school, district or project must send the completed order form, their school purchase order, and State tax exemption certificate to Texas Instruments postmarked no later than November 30, 2013. Schools may submit only one purchase order, not to exceed the number of calculators approved by BBA/SUMMA.

The Benjamin Banneker Association is a non-profit professional organization concerned about the mathematics education of African-American children. The Mathematical Association of America is a non-profit professional organization focused on undergraduate mathematics education; its SUMMA Program deals with increasing the participation of minorities in mathematics, science and engineering. BBA and SUMMA are involved in this initiative on a voluntary basis because of our concern for enhancing access to technology for minority and/or economically disadvantaged students.

We look forward to your participation in this excellent opportunity.


Genevieve M. Knight
BBA Liaison
William A. Hawkins
Director of the SUMMA Program

How to Apply