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For Immediate Release
Date: October 21, 2003
Contact: CJ Fearnley
LinuxForce And The Franklin Institute Online
Announce The Development Of A New Web-Based Program In Conjunction With
The U.S. Centennial Of Flight Commission
The 2003 Flight Forecast Program Will Empower Teachers And Educate
Children About The Wright Brothers And Weather Forecasting
Philadelphia, PA 21 October 2003 LinuxForce today announced
that it was selected by The Franklin Institute Online (www.fi.edu) to
develop the Web-based applications powering the 2003 Flight Forecast
online educational program. The Franklin Institute, the U.S. Centennial
of Flight Commission and LinuxForce have developed the 2003 Flight
Forecast as a national competition that challenges K-12 students to
predict weather conditions for December 17, 2003 at the Wright Brothers
National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina where thousands of
people will gather to mark the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers'
first flight on December 17, 1903.
"We are proud that the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission chose The
Franklin Institute to develop the national 2003 Flight Forecast program.
Our longstanding technical partnership with LinuxForce gave me the
confidence I needed to trust that the LinuxForce team could develop the
Web-based applications for both teachers and students to participate. The
goal, of course, is to enable teachers, nationally, to engage their
students with science and history in an exciting new way," stated Karen
Elinich, Director of Educational Technology Programs for The Franklin
Institute Science Museum. "We chose LinuxForce for this critical project
because they have the expertise to conceive, develop, and implement the
online information management, registration tools and database platform
that we needed to meet our goals," continued Elinich.
"Since I was a child, I have always admired the Wright Brothers'
accomplishments, and I think that this is a very valuable educational
exercise to teach America's kids about the Wright Brothers and weather
forecasting," stated CJ Fearnley, President of LinuxForce. "This
software application project for the 2003 Flight Forecast competition has
been a labor of love, and I am extremely proud to have been able to work
on this exciting software development project to complement the efforts
by The Franklin Institute and the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
to commemorate the Wright Brothers' first flight." continued Fearnley.
About The Franklin Institute Science Museum
For more than 176 years, The Franklin Institute Science Museum has been
as much a part of the Philadelphia landscape as the Liberty Bell and
Independence Hall. Situated on the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Parkway
leading into Center City Philadelphia, the Institute attracts nearly
850,000 visitors every year to enjoy an exciting array of high tech,
interactive exhibits. The Institute is the most frequently visited museum
in Pennsylvania, and the third most-visited tourist attraction in the
Philadelphia area. As the custodian of the Wright Aeronautical Engineering
Collection, The Franklin Institute has a long history of preserving and
celebrating the legacy of Orville and Wilbur Wright. For more information,
please visit The Franklin Institute Online at http://www.fi.edu.
About the 2003 Flight Forecast Program
Registration for the 2003 Flight Forecast program is available
through the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission Web site
(www.centennialofflight.gov). Teachers may register their students
for the contest from September 26, 2003 to November 3, 2003. Forecast
predictions may be made by individual students, teams, or entire classes
between November 3, 2003 and November 17, 2003. Once on the Web site,
teachers also will find activities and information to help their students
explore aviation and meteorology. Forecasts will be collected in three
grade groupings K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 with the complexity of the forecast
increasing at the higher grade levels. Forecasts must be submitted online
no later than November 17, 2003, and prizes will be available for the
most accurate forecasters within each grade group.
About the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission was created by Congress to expand
national and international interest in the commemoration of the centennial
of powered flight. The Commission is coordinating a national outreach
campaign and advising the President, Congress and federal agencies on the
most effective ways to encourage and promote national and international
participation in 2003. Its members include the director of the National Air
and Space Museum, the administrators of NASA and the FAA, the presidents of
the Experimental Aircraft Association and First Flight Centennial
Foundation of North Carolina, and the chairman of Inventing Flight: Dayton
2003. More information about the Commission can be found on the U.S.
Centennial of Flight Commission Web site at
About LinuxForce Inc.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, LinuxForce offers the market a wide
range of software solutions and outsourced systems administration
services. LinuxForce provides its corporate, academic and non-profit
clients with computing solutions built upon open source software
including Linux and Debian GNU/Linux. LinuxForce builds Internet
(Web-based) and Intranet software, custom Linux and X11 applications,
and systems software. LinuxForce's Remote ResponderSM is a suite of products which
provide outsourced Linux systems management services. LinuxForce
is a leading advocate of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.
In addition to Philadelphia, LinuxForce has offices in Irvine,
California and Boulder, Colorado. LinuxForce's clients include The
Franklin Institute Science Museum, AIG, Chester County InterLink,
The Philadelphia Sportswriters Association, and The Constitutional
Walking Tour of Philadelphia. LinuxForce was established in
1995 and incorporated in 1999. For more information refer to www.LinuxForce.net or call
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