May 31, 1996
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Massapequa School Students Win Top Prize In NYNEX "Kids In Touch" Network Contest
Massapequa, NY -- Students in Brian Mulcahys sixth-grade class at the Unqua
School in Massapequa, Long Island, are now experts on how a telecommunications
Their entry in the NYNEX Kids In Touch (KIT) "Best Ping-Pong Ball Network Ever"
contest was chosen as the Grand Prize winner over the five other state winners
from throughout the NYNEX service territory, and today (5/31) the principal,
teacher and students will be awarded more than $8,000 in cash and prizes. NYNEX
Group Vice President Duane Albro will make the presentation.
"This is a wonderful contest for the students and for NYNEX, said Albro. The
lessons learned from an exercise like this include the importance of teamwork,
the development of students problem solving skills, good old stick-to-it-ivness
and an understanding of the inner workings of the telecommunications network.
Besides, its just plain fun, too.
For their winning entry, Mr. Mulcahy's students created a telecommunications
network capable of sending a variety of coded messages around the classroom in
the form of ping-pong balls. Using everyday materials such as carpet tubing,
soda bottles, cups and other materials brought from home, the students
assembled a network of "telephone lines" that allowed the ping-pong balls to
travel from an input through a transport to an intersection where the balls
were "switched" in one of several directions. Each sequence of ping-pong balls
conveyed a unique message.
The entry was selected for its creative choice of materials, versatility,
originality of the network and effectiveness of documentation.
The principal of the Iroquois School, John Caruso, will accept the $2,500 cash
prize. Mr. Mulcahy will receive a $1,000 gift certificate for educational
products from Scholastic, Inc., NYNEXs partner in presenting the contest, and
each of the 22 children who participated in the building of the network will
receive a $200 US Savings Bond, as well as a Kids In Touch backpack, t-shirt,
watch, and a KIT button and certificate.
The contest is based on an activity in the NYNEX Kids In Touch educational
program, a hands-on introduction to telecommunications concepts that is being
distributed at no charge to 4th, 5th and 6th grade teachers in New York and New
England. Nearly 9,000 teachers have the NYNEX KIT program in their classrooms
The sixth-grade class at the Unqua School was selected the Grand Prize winner
by a panel that included Kids In Touch Advisory Board members, editors of
Scholastic, Inc., and a representative from NYNEXs Science & Technology
organization. First-place winners also were selected in each of the states
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