This month, we've caught Ralph Bunche Elementary School in the Web, located in Harlem, New York City. Online since March 26, 1994, "RBS" has been a pioneer out there on the World Wide Web, exploring what students can do when given access to the Internet. Some of the answers to that challenge are simple, like publishing the school newspaper, while other answers are far more complex, like the Great Penny Toss and the Pineapple Project.
The sixth grade students invite all online visitors to participate in the Great Penny Toss by following a few simple instructions and tossing ten pennies. They seek your "heads versus tails" statistics for each of five trials and ask you to submit your results.
The Pineapple Project encourages online collaboration with schools across the country to compare their region's agriculture and the cost of produce. Students in grades four through six examined the local produce supply and performed some mathematical analyses of costs.
Are you impressed yet? If so, "Please Send Your Comments To Hamidou, The 15 year old Co-System Operator." We were even more impressed to see that a student is actually maintaining the website.
Ralph Bunche School also has a wide area network connection with Junior High School 43 in West Harlem. By visiting Ralph Bunche, you can also visit JHS#43 and learn about the Rooks, their champion chess team. You can also meet some of the students, like Eldwin, Liam, and Renso.
Renso is "12 years young" and in seventh grade. The other two are eighth graders, with Liam being the elder of the two "by a day." They seem to be having a lot of fun with their telecommunications project, but they also seem to understand the bigger picture: "What we [Eldwin and Liam] think is that computers are the future of our lives."
Visit the Ralph Bunche Elementary School online.
Who will be "Caught in The Web" next month? Feel free to send us suggestions.
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