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HP and Scholastic Administr@tor Name Winners for Annual Create-a-Calculator Contest
Students, educators and administrators in high schools and universities win thousands of dollars in scholarship awards and calculatorsPALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 6, 2005
HP and Scholastic Administr@tor™, the leading professional resource for technology officers and administrators published by Scholastic, today announced the winners of their Create-a-Calculator contest, a nationwide competition that encourages high school and university students to enter their most imaginative calculator inventions.
Tim Wessman and Chris Camporeale, the respective winners of the university and high school divisions, each received thousands of dollars in scholarships in addition to the latest HP calculators.
Another contest winner, Cerritos High School in Cerritos, Calif., made a big impression with the judges - with the most entries, 52, and most winners, six. The school was awarded 50 HP 39g+ graphing calculators and Cindy Ravalo, the teacher who organized and submitted the entries, received a $750 grant to be used toward the school. A complete list of winners, including those from Cerritos High School, is available at http://www.hp.com/calculators.
"The Create-a-Calculator contest provides students a first-hand opportunity to directly impact the design of current and future HP calculators," said Fred Valdez, general manager, Calculator Division, Personal Systems Group, HP. "The contest provides HP an excellent venue to better understand unique student requirements. We give every entry serious review and use this knowledge to continue providing students with the best calculators possible."
HP and Scholastic created the contest in 2003 as a way to encourage students to become inventors by designing an original product that was both visually appealing and functional.
"As the leading professional resource for administrators and technology officers, Scholastic Administr@tor is pleased to offer students across the country the opportunity to develop and expand upon their own creative ideas for technology innovation in the classroom," said Michele Robinson, group publisher, Scholastic Professional Magazines.
First place: University division
Wessman, a student at Brigham Young University in Utah, secured first place in the university category for his "HP-50" calculator entry designed for use in the field with the ability to network with other devices in order to more efficiently store and transmit calculations.
Currently pursuing a degree in manufacturing engineering, Wessman's impressive entry included suggested designs for keyboard and interface, user programs, compatibility, communication, test mode and durability.
"I was trying to design a device that would interact seamlessly with other pieces of professional equipment including computers, data collection equipment and lab tools," said Wessman. "I wanted to design a new class of device designed to be useful for university students, but more targeted for professionals in technical fields."
Wessman hopes to someday design personal electronic devices and has written several programs for use on HP calculators. Wessman is the recipient of a $4,000 scholarship and an HP 49g+ graphing calculator.
First place: High school division
Camporeale, first place winner in the high school division, designed his "HP X-1" calculator with integrated wireless communications, Bluetooth™ wireless technology, color-touch screen, compact flash memory, C++ programming language, 4-dimensional graphing and an emergency backup battery.
"Winning first place was entirely unexpected," said Camporeale, who became a Microsoft® Certified Professional at 14. "I would like to continue in this field. I plan to invest the money and use it towards funding college."
Camporeale, who will be a sophomore at Canton High School in Canton, Conn., this fall, is the recipient of a $3,000 scholarship and an HP 39g+ graphing calculator.
The judging panel for the Create-a-Calculator contest included 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.
Winners will be featured in the September 2005 issue of Scholastic Administr@tor, the October 2005 issue of ASEE's PRISM magazine and on http://www.hp.com/calculators, http://www.scholastic.com/calculator and http://www.engineeringk12.org.
In 1972, HP invented the first handheld scientific calculator. Since then, HP has invented nearly 100 calculator models for use in schools and primarily engineering, surveying and financial professions.
More details on the contest and HP's complete line of graphing, scientific and financial calculators, as well as virtual classes, online webinars, and step-by-step learning modules for each of HP's current range of calculators is available at http://www.hp.com/calculators.
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