HP and Scholastic Return to School with Create-a-Calculator Contest

3/8/2004 - HP and Scholastic Magazines, a division of the global children's publishing and media company, launched the second annual Create-a-Calculator contest. The nationwide competition invites teachers to enter unique HP calculator design submissions from their 5th-12th grade students for the chance to win more than $11,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Last year, HP and Scholastic received more than 7,000 entries in the inaugural contest.

HP and Scholastic developed the Create-a-Calculator contest to reach out to students and challenge them to design the most original calculators they could imagine. First prize winners in two categories - grades 5-8 and 9-12 - will earn $2,000 and $3,000 cash scholarships, respectively, and HP calculators. The five runners-up in both categories will receive HP calculators. Some winners may see their original ideas incorporated into future calculators built by HP.

"HP was very pleased by the number of entries received in last year's contest and impressed with the creative features students and teachers suggested we incorporate into our next generation of calculators," said Fred Valdez, general manager, calculator division, Personal Systems Group, HP. "This contest allows students to tap into their creative minds and suggest ideas on creating calculators which they believe will help them throughout their educational journey. For the high school students, we welcome specific product feature improvement in graphing capability as well as other novel ideas. We look forward to receiving this year's ideas and will explore ways to include them in HP's future product offering."

Editors from Scholastic Instructor, Scholastic Administrator and Scholastic Dynamath magazines will complete the first round of judging for the contest and a committee of industry experts will select final winners. The school that sends in the largest number of qualifying student submissions will receive 50 HP 39g+ graphing calculators. The teacher with the greatest number of students who submit qualifying entries will receive a $750 cash voucher toward the purchase of HP products.

All contest entries must be postmarked by May 10, 2004. Winners will be notified by Aug. 1, 2004, and will be mentioned in the September 2004 issue of Scholastic Administrator and Scholastic Instructor and on http://www.hp.com/calculators and http://www.scholastic.com/instructor.

"Scholastic Magazines encourage teachers and administrators to find unique ways to stimulate learning," said Michele Robinson, group publisher of Scholastic Magazines. "The Create-a-Calculator contest allows kids and teachers to combine their creativity and what's happening in the classroom to come up with the most imaginative and inventive calculator for future students."

More information on the contest is available in the March issues of Scholastic
Instructor® and Scholastic Administrator magazines, as well as the March 22 teacher's editions of Junior Scholastic, Scope, Action, Science World, New York Times Upfront and the April teacher's edition of Choices. Contest details can also be viewed online at http://www.hp.com/calculators, http://www.scholasticadministrator.com or http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/contests.htm.

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 http://www.hp.com/calculators. Also available on this Web site are step-by-step learning modules for each of HP's current range of calculators.

In January, HP introduced a new calculator for high school students - the HP 39g+ graphing calculator. At a suggested retail price of $99(1), the striking blue calculator has a performance edge with the highest memory of comparably priced high school calculators. The 39g+ stands apart with a large 131 x 64 pixel screen and includes a convenient, industry-standard USB port(2) that gives students and teachers the ability to save or download programs to a PC whenever required. With its onboard library of aplets(3) - plus more that can be downloaded or created - the HP 39g+ has amazing power.

Scholastic Professional Magazines including Instructor, Instructor New Teacher and Scholastic Administrator, Early Childhood Today and Coach are the ideal professional development and information resources reaching more than 2.5 million of today's educators, school principals and administrators each month. The Scholastic Teen Magazine Network, including The New York Times Upfront, Junior Scholastic, Scope and Choices, reaches more than 12 million teens.

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NMS: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, textbooks, 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 and school-based book fairs, school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries, and television networks; and the company's Internet site, http://www.scholastic.com.

About HP
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the last four fiscal quarters, HP revenue totaled $74.7 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) Actual prices may vary.
(2) A PC with an RS-232 serial port is required. Please purchase separately. RS-232 serial cable included with calculator.
(3) Aplet - a small application in the form of an electronic handout, a note, or assignment that can contain problems, variables, graphs, pictures and notes. They can be included in larger applications.

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