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Following is a news release announcing the 2002 winner of the Unisys Prize for Online Science Education. The award recognizes the outstanding use of the Web as a tool for science investigation. This year's winner, from Long Island, NY, encouraged students from all over the world to test recycled materials as home insulation. If you would like more information, please contact me at the phone numbers listed on the news release or at email@example.com. Regards, Janet Rivera Mednik For Release On April 8, 2002 Contact: Janet Rivera Mednik 301/476-8417 or 301/467-7803; Wendy Goldstein 516/299-2332 firstname.lastname@example.org Long Island Team Wins Award for Innovative Online Science Education; Unisys Prize Includes a $10,000 Cash Award WASHINGTON - An online experiment in which middle and high school students from Long Island, New York tested the insulation value of recycled materials and encouraged students from as far away as Russia to do the same beat out 10 other sites from across the nation to claim the 2002 Unisys Prize for Online Science Education. The Unisys Prize, given in conjunction with International Public Science Day activities, carries with it a $10,000 cash award. For the past five years, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, and Unisys Corporation have collaborated to encourage local science centers and museums around the country to help schools become more technologically savvy. The Unisys Prize for "outstanding use of the Web as a tool for science investigation," is the culmination of months of science exploration by 11 teams from across the country. Each team, composed of a school; museum or science center; and a third community partner, was charged with developing an inquiry-based investigation around the theme "Science is Power! Energy Everywhere." The aim of the overall project was to encourage the students to use the Internet as their workbench, so that fellow students and teachers can replicate the inquiry and learn from it. The students' sites can be found at www.fi.edu/psd2002. The winning Long Island project, titled "Keep the Heat," involved students from around the world (including from six New York schools, the United Nations School in New York City, and the Cosmonaut School in Krasnoyarsk, Russia) in a collaborative inquiry-based science experiment. Students from various schools worldwide created experiments to test the value of assorted recycled materials that have potential for use as home insulation. Each participating school constructed a testing device in accordance with design criteria established by the team leadership. They also monitored temperature changes in their constructions and reported data for compilation in a final report. The Long Island Museum of Science and Technology (LIMSAT), the Nassau Technology Educators Association (NTEA) and the Electronic Educational Village (EEV) at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University worked with the New York students in developing and implementing the award-winning project. "Unisys is proud to foster the use of the Web as a powerful educational tool for student investigation and community action in science," said Camille Sciortino, Unisys Corporate Public Affairs. "'Keep the Heat' shows how students can build valuable career skills as they use the Web for an international investigation into recycling." The International Public Science Day project and related Unisys Prize involved students from not only a broad geographical spectrum (from Portland to New York, and nine sites in between), but also an age range that extended from four-year-olds to teens. The diversity in the sites illustrates how a solid foundation in science education empowers learners of all ages. A team in Chicago, Illinois, was named first runner-up with its Web site titled, "La Escuela del Sol: Energy Everywhere from the Sun" which teaches school children about the sun's importance through a wide variety of activities, including kinesthetic learning. The Chicago students from Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Elementary School worked closely with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum/Chicago Academy of Sciences. Two other projects received honorable mention. A Web site developed by the Jacksonville, Florida team, which included the Museum of Science and History and Rufus Payne Elementary School, provides science teachers with step-by-step instructions for conducting scientific experiments. Another Web site developed by a team in Washington, D.C., which included Peabody Early Childhood Center students and the Discovery Creek Children's Museum, documented the sources of energy in the school's urban garden. # # # The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the largest general scientific organization in the world, with over 134,000 members from 130 countries and 273 affiliated societies, comprising more than 10 million members. AAAS publishes Science, an editorially independent, multi-disciplinary, weekly peer-reviewed journal that ranks as the world's most prestigious scientific journal. Unisys is a worldwide information technology services and solutions company whose 39,000 people help clients in more than 100 countries utilize technology to seize opportunities, overcome challenges and succeed in the global economy. The company offers a rich portfolio of business solutions led by its expertise in consulting and systems integration, outsourcing, network services, and security, coupled with leading enterprise-class server and related technologies. Primary vertical markets for Unisys worldwide are the financial services, transportation, communications, media, commercial and public sectors, including U.S. federal government customers. For more information on the company, access the Unisys home page on the World Wide Web at www.unisys.com. Investor information can be found at www.unisys.com/investor. The Franklin Institute Science Museum was founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, and is today recognized for its innovative science education programs and for developing museum-school partnerships that have become national models for innovative teacher development and hands-on science in the classroom. The Institute also promotes and perpetuates the legacy of Benjamin Franklin through major awards honoring achievement in science and in business leadership.