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HP and Scholastic's Instructor Announce Winners of 2004 Create-a-Calculator Contest

Popular contest includes student scholarship awards and calculator prizes for schools, teachers and students
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 15, 2004

HP and Scholastic's Instructor®, the most widely read professional magazine for educators, today announced the winners of the second annual Create-a-Calculator contest, a nationwide competition that encourages students to enter their most imaginative calculator inventions.

More than 4,000 5th - 12th grade students entered for the chance to win scholarship money and prizes worth more than $11,000. Applicants were instructed to submit a drawing and written explanation of their calculator. Submissions varied from basic sketches of calculators, with some designs including aluminum foil, to more sophisticated models, such as detailed engineering drawings. Each entry was judged by several staff members from Scholastic's Instructor, Administrator and Math magazines.

"The Create-a-Calculator contest allows us to connect with teachers and students, and we truly value the effort they put forth for this year's contest," said Fred Valdez, general manager, Calculator Division, Personal Systems Group, HP. "We are inspired by the students' innovative ideas and their desire to potentially contribute to calculator product designs of the future."

Securing the grand prize in the 9th - 12th grade group is Andrew Corbin, an 18-year-old student from Morrisville-Eaton Central School in Morrisville, N.Y. Corbin sought to merge the features of a PDA and a traditional calculator in his "HP 42X" device. Some features include a TFT (thin film transistor) color-touch screen, a microphone/speaker, laser pointer/measurement device, wireless keypad and an MP3 player/voice recorder.

"I thought, 'how far can I take this calculator before it becomes a PDA?,'" said Corbin. "I believe I have found a happy medium between the two."

As a participant in Madison-Oneida BOCES, a program designed to help students gain certification to work on Cisco networks, Corbin does everything from building and repairing computers to modifying firewalls and configuring routers. Corbin will be entering SUNY-IT (State University of New York) this fall, where he will major in computer science. As grand prize winner of the Create-a-Calculator contest, Corbin will receive a $3,000 scholarship and an HP 49g+ graphing calculator.

This year's first-place winner in the 5th - 8th grade category is Cheny Lou, who created his own graphing calculator complete with an interchangeable screen cum virtual reality goggles. This invention of the "59V+" calculator includes diagonal arrow keys for Z-axis movement and an infrared port. Other features of the 59V+ include a backlit, 3-D reality screen and 3-D graphing capabilities.

Lou is a 9th grader at Wayzata High School in suburban Minneapolis and is part of the University of Minnesota's Talented Youth program, where he studies engineering and computer technology. As a first-place winner, Lou receives a $2,000 scholarship and an HP 49g+ graphing calculator.

Visintainer Middle School in Brunswick, Ohio, submitted more than 1,000 entries to this year's contest, making it the school that submitted the most qualifying entries. The school, which also won last year, received 200 HP 30s scientific calculators for its students. "Toni" Ragone-Filut, a 6th grade math teacher at Visintainer, organized the submission of 500 student entries alone, and as such, won for turning in the most qualified number of entries by a teacher. She received $750 and an HP 39g+ graphing calculator.

Ragone-Filut knew her students at Visintainer Middle School were up for the challenge again in 2004. "The whole concept at our school is teamwork," said Ragone-Filut. "So when we rallied the students and reminded them we won the contest last year, the attitude was 'let's do it, let's do it!'"

The Create-a-Calculator contest details and a complete list of winners are available at

HP offers a comprehensive range of calculators designed for math and science students, engineers, scientists and financial and business consultants. More information about HP's entire range of calculators is available at Also available on this Web site are step-by-step learning modules for HP's current range of calculators.

About Scholastic

Scholastic Corporation (Nasdaq: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books. 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,

Instructor, published eight times a year by Scholastic, is the most widely read professional magazine for teachers, with more than 1.3 million K-8 educators relying on it for informative, fresh and inspiring curriculum-based activities. Feature stories keep educators abreast of the latest research-based practices in the field while offering helpful strategies and activities that focus on classroom management and the core-curriculum areas. More information is available on

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