#3 - Cutting-edge Calculators
It's important that school kids learn how to add, subtract and so forth in their heads -- with occasional help from their fingers and toes. But when higher math rolls around in junior high and onward, it's time to pull out the big guns.
Calculators have been a routine item in older kids' backpacks for a while now, and they now offer more math and science help than ever before. Texas Instruments, one of the most common brands of calculator manufacturers, offers additional software, memory storage and pre-installed tutorial programs on certain models. Students can also now choose from more aesthetically pleasing calculators, such as bubblegum pink graphing editions and fire engine red beginner models.