HP and Scholastic Administr@tor Launch Third Annual Create-a-Calculator Contest
PALO ALTO, CA -- March 1, 2005 -- Students, Educators and Administrators in High Schools and Universities Eligible to Win More Than $39,000 in Scholarship Awards and Calculators.
HP (NYSE:HPQ) (Nasdaq:HPQ) and Scholastic Administr@tor(TM), the leading professional resource for technology officers and administrators, published by Scholastic, today kicked off their third annual Create-a-Calculator contest.
This year, the nationwide competition invites high school and college students to submit calculator design entries for the chance to win more than $39,000 in scholarships and calculator prizes. Students stand to win cash scholarship awards totaling $15,000, while teachers, faculty and administrators have the opportunity to win cash and calculators for themselves as well as their institutions.
In 2004, HP and Scholastic received more than 4,000 entries in the competition.
The annual Create-a-Calculator Contest was created in 2003 by HP and Scholastic as a way to encourage students to become inventors by designing an original product that was both visually appealing and functional. The contest has expanded this year to include university and college students.
The judging panel for the Create-a-Calculator contest will include members from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), employees of HP, and editors from Scholastic Administr@tor magazine and Scholastic’s teen magazine network.
“It is truly exciting to see some of the best and brightest young minds directing their energy and creativity toward innovating HP’s calculator design and functionality,” said Fred Valdez, general manager, calculator division, Imaging and Personal Systems Group, HP. “We closely study every single entry of the large number we receive each year to better understand how HP can continue developing products to meet the needs of our customers in education, finance and technology. As we enter our third successful year, we are pleased to have university and college students join us in advancing HP’s spirit of invention.”
Students will compete for three scholarship awards worth a total of $6,000 within the high school category and another three scholarship awards worth a total of $9,000 within the university/college category. In addition, each university/college student finalist will receive an HP 49g+ graphing calculator while the high school student finalist will receive an HP 39g+ graphing calculator and an award commendation letter from the ASEE. Five runners-up in each category will receive HP calculators relevant to their grade levels.
“In keeping with the mission of Scholastic Administr@tor to offer innovative and unique ideas for technology use in the classroom, the Create-a-Calculator contest allows students, teachers and administrators to combine their creativity and contribute to the next generation of technology innovation,” said Michele Robinson, group publisher, Scholastic Professional Magazines.
The high school with the largest number of qualifying student submissions will receive 50 HP 39g+ calculators, and the university/college level will receive 50 HP 49g+ calculators. The teacher or faculty member with the greatest number of students who submit qualifying entries will receive a $750 cash coupon toward HP products (entries must be sent in one package).
All contest entries must be received by May 31, 2005. Winners will be notified by Aug. 15, 2005. More information about the contest, including specific criteria for winning, is available in the March issues of ASEE’s Prism magazine, Scholastic Administr@tor, Scholastic Science World(R), and the teacher editions of The New York Times Upfront(R), Scholastic Literary Cavalcade(R) and Scholastic Choices(R). Contest details can also be viewed online at www.hp.com/calculators, www.scholastic.com/calculator and www.engineeringk12.org.
In 1972, HP invented the first handheld scientific calculator. Since then, HP has invented hundreds of calculator models for use in schools and primarily engineering, surveying and financial professions. More information about HP’s entire range of calculators is available at www.hp.com/calculators. Also available on this website are free registration for virtual classes, on-demand, on-line webinars, and step-by-step learning modules for each of HP’s current range of calculators.
Scholastic Administr@tor is the leading professional resource for today’s results-driven school leaders, reaching 300,000 school technology officers, superintendents, principals, school board presidents and technology coordinators. By providing insights into effective technology and leadership strategies through real-world examples and facilitating a dialogue among administrators, the magazine serves as a clearinghouse of concise and practical ideas, smart leadership strategies, and proven technology solutions. More information is available on www.scholastic.com/administrator.
The American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit member association, founded in 1893, dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and technology education. ASEE’s members are more than 12,000 engineering deans, professors, instructors, students and industry representatives. ASEE is committed to promoting engineering in the K-12 classroom. Visit www.asee.org or www.engineeringk12.org for more information.
Scholastic Corporation (Nasdaq:SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children’s books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the company’s Internet site, www.scholastic.com.
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2005, HP revenue totaled $81.8 billion. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.
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