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Casio sponsors a new NSTEP math program and competition for high school students
 September 13, 2005

Contact: Lynn Borkon
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LBorkon@NSTEP-online.org

Denise Ruiz-Cabrera
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For Immediate Release
September 14, 2005

XploreMath
Casio sponsors a new NSTEP math program and competition for high school students

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) and Casio, Inc. are pleased to announce a new math program and competition for high school students called XploreMath. The interactive program was designed by a leading panel of curriculum specialists and academicians and is based on the Principles & Standards for School Mathematics developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Casio, Inc. has donated state-of-the-art graphing calculators for all participants to use throughout the program.

"Casio is pleased to join with NSTEP and to sponsor this exciting new program to help our nation's young people develop not only essential skills in mathematics, but to have fun doing so," said John Clough, president of Casio, Inc. and NSTEP board member.

He added, "Through our longstanding education programs, Casio has been a leader in encouraging students to discover the joy of learning and to gain confidence in using new technology. Our partnership with NSTEP is a perfect fit."

Barbara L. Wortmann, NSTEP president noted, "We are excited to partner with Casio and to launch our first program ever devoted exclusively to math. NSTEP's mission is to promote excellence and student achievement in math and science education in our local communities, inspire young people to become excited about math, science, engineering, and technology, and encourage them to explore careers in our industry. Thanks to Casio's leadership in consumer electronics and education, and to their generous support, we are able to expand our educational programs and reach more students. This is the kind of industry partnership that helps us make a difference both in preparing young people for success as adults and in developing tomorrow's technology leaders."

XploreMath will launch as a pilot program in the 2005-2006 school year with students from high schools in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. High school math teachers or principals may register for the program by contacting Amanda Denne at ADENNE@nstep-online.org or 703.907-7412.

Starting in November, registered classes will receive monthly problem sets, focused on real world problems, during the first half of the month, with approximately a week to solve the problems. Participants will receive the answers the following week. This will enable teachers and students to assess skill-development and progress throughout the program.

In April, students have the opportunity to participate in a culminating "Math Scramble" event and all students that reach the top of the ladder will receive a medal and a savings bond. In addition, their teachers will receive a gift certificate that can be used to purchase classroom materials.

Participants will receive online support throughout the year on NSTEP's website, www.nstep-online.org.

For additional information please contact Amy Lorenzen, Director of Education at ALorenzen@nstep-online.org.

About Casio, Inc.
Casio, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipments solutions, established in 1957. Casio Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casioeducation.com

About NSTEP
The National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that works closely with the technology industry to focus on excellence in math, science and technology education and expand the pipeline of U.S. science and technology talent. Its partners include Casio, Inc., the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), IEEE-USA, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), and others. NSTEP is dedicated to helping middle and high school students build mathematics, science and technology skills to prepare them for success as adults. www.NSTEP-online.org