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May 5, 2004

Hewlett-Packard Gives Ten Computers to Smith College Campus School for New Engineering Lab

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Hewlett-Packard, the global technology company with headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., has donated ten Compaq Tablet portable computers to the Smith College Campus School for use in its new engineering education laboratory.

The lab is part of a K to 6 engineering curriculum development project based on the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework, a state mandate for elementary education in engineering and technology. Hewlett-Packard's computer donation follows an earlier contribution of $10,000 from the company to support the curriculum development project.

Smith's Department of Education and Child Study is collaborating with the college's Picker Engineering Program in working with Campus School teachers to integrate engineering concepts into their curricula.

"Both engineering and technology are parts of students' worlds," said Al Rudnitsky, professor of education and child study, who is working on the Campus School curriculum project. "Helping students better understand the principles of technology and engineering enriches their learning in all subjects, as well as their appreciation of many of the human endeavors surrounding them."

The Compaq portable computers will enable Campus School students to explore many applications related to engineering, including the use of robotics programs within the Pitsco-LEGO education program, as well as organizational planning software such as Inspiration, a program used for outlining engineering projects. The computers' portability will allow for outdoor use in probing for pH readings and taking temperatures over time, for example, and other uses outside the lab. Students will also use the computers in conjunction with other technology tools such as light meters and time sensors.

The Campus School engineering lab will also be used by faculty in field testing the school's K to 6 engineering curriculum, and by Smith education students, who will teach in the lab as part of their practicum experience. It will also serve as a demonstration lab throughout the school year and as a professional development classroom for public school teachers after school hours and during the summer months.

The Smith College Campus School is a coeducational day school enrolling 270 children from Northampton and surrounding areas in kindergarten through Grade 6.

Smith will make history on May 16 when the college awards the first engineering bachelor's degrees at a women's college to 20 graduates of the college's Picker Engineering Program. Established in 1999, the Picker Engineering Program is the first and only engineering program at a U.S. women's college.

Hewlett-Packard, along with several other nationally prominent technology companies, has been an active supporter and adviser of the Picker Engineering Program since its inception.


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