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Hewlett-Packard supports technology education at New Mexico State

With more than $200,000 in equipment and money, Hewlett-Packard is supporting the advancement of technology education at New Mexico State University.

ation of a flagship product, MobiLAN ONE, the first motorized wireless computer lab, is helping to prepare educators to take an active role in this global information age, said Susan Brown, professional development coordinator for the Educational Research Center at New Mexico State.

The wireless unit will be housed at Lynn Middle School in Las Cruces. It will allow pre-service teachers, teacher educators and practicing sixth through eighth-grade teachers to learn more about and use technological tools, Brown said.

MobiLAN ONE is a self-contained unit that houses 32 laptops. The concept is that at the end of the day the teacher simply plugs the cart in, which charges all of the batteries on the laptops and the battery for the cart's motor. By charging the unit at night, when other electrical needs decline, schools will be able to add computer labs to their curriculum tools without the expense of electrical upgrades to their buildings. Brown said New Mexico State is one of only 10 universities across the country to receive a MobiLAN ONE unit.

"Since Lynn is working with the colleges of education and engineering to incorporate an engineering and technology thread throughout the curriculum, New Mexico State and the middle school are perfect partners," Brown said. "To further strengthen the tie, the HP classroom will provide field experience for students in education courses at New Mexico State and engineering will provide technical support."

The university and the middle school received the MobiLAN ONE unit and an additional eight laptop computers, a printer, fax machine, digital camera and funds from Hewlett-Packard to train the teachers.

During the summer, programs at Lynn such as the Las Cruces Pre Freshman Engineering Program for sixth through 12th graders will use the mobile classroom to enrich their program, Brown said.

Lynn Middle School will host a "technology" open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, including a demonstration and display of the MobiLAN ONE unit. Parents will be accepting donations for hot dogs and soft drinks during the event to send to the New York City Relief Fund.

Included in the $200,000 support of technology advancement was also a Hewlett Packard University Impact Award - a $5,500 donation for scholarships to science and engineering students through New Mexico State's ethnic programs and student organizations and $5,500 worth of imaging equipment for student organizations.

"New Mexico State and Hewlett-Packard have had a long and successful relationship," said Rebecca Sellars, director of corporate and foundation relations at the university. "HP is one of the university's top corporate supporters. They have an outstanding record of employing our students in addition to making corporate gifts. They also are one of the university's top corporate vendors."