B√, pronounced “Brad”, joined the Kolbe Academy family when math teacher, Mrs. Powers, finally agreed to upgrade her long time TI-84 Plus named Albert. Her students submitted several names and held a bracket contest to help pick this “radical red” calculator’s perfect name.
For our families that have a student entering or nearing Algebra II, now is the time to buy your graphing calculator. All the big sales have started. This calculator will stay with your child for high school, college, and beyond! Thus, we recommend investing the money in a good one, if you can afford it. The math department’s top choice is the TI-84 Plus CE. The color addition is not only a nice touch, but it helps the users visually understand topics. Also, it has a charging port rather than batteries. While you might spend a wee bit more initially, it will be less when you consider not having to buy the batteries. And it is better for the planet! . This calculator is also approved for use on standardized tests, like the SAT and ACT. Purchase it on Amazon Smile so you can support Kolbe Academy! Find it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3ysYHjf
Students taking Math 7 through Geometry are encouraged to use a non-graphing scientific calculator, and our online students are required to use the TI-30XIIS model. This calculator is available in the Kolbe bookstore. https://books.kolbe.org/products/ti30xiis
You can hear more from Mrs. Powers and how the right calculator can be the perfect companion in mathematical discoveries in the KolbeCast Episode 33: “Show Your Work”. It is in our top 5 most popular podcasts! https://kolbecast.podbean.com/e/episode-33-show-your-work/