Darcy Delph

What would it be like to run a boat aground on Ellis Island, hitting the Statue of Liberty at 40 knots? A new ship simulator powered by Lenovo technology is helping students at the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) experience just that, as well as other navigational challenges, without ever setting foot on a ship’s deck. As part of the curriculum for more than 800 students, the MMA incorporates lab time in the simulator into a variety of courses. We caught up with Simulator Tech Jim Sanders and User Support Manager Will Martell to learn more about how MMA students are using this amazing tool, which is propelled by a backbone of Lenovo ThinkStation E20 workstations and ThinkServer TS130 servers. Lenovo: How long has the ship simulator been around? Jim & Will: The simulator dates way back to a time when it was simply used as a basic navigation tool. Since the early 1990s it has undergone several technical updates, and the MMA simulator we use now is the 4thgeneration of its kind.  What technology powers the ship simulator? Each instructor station has about eight to 10 ThinkStation E20 Workstations powering it, as well as one TS130 server. One of the larger stations has about 12 visual channels in the form of 55-inch flat screen LED panels.  Each of the 14 student stations has two ThinkStation E20 WorkStations and three monitors--one monitor depicts a navigation panel, one shows the visual plot of the boat, and the third shows the...

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Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, and you are likely to get a range of inspirational and creative responses. Whether it is archeologist, astronaut, dolphin trainer, pro-baseball player, or firefighter, children provide some of the best answers to this age-old question.  Now, with the Lenovo Dream To DO Contest, all K-8 students at schools across the United States are invited to respond to this question with the hopes of winning a $50,000 technology makeover for their school. (As the world's #1 supplier of PCs to the education market, Lenovo feels strongly about the role of technology in schools.)  By submitting a drawing and accompanying sentence of what they would like to DO when they grow up, students are automatically entered to win an extra-rugged ThinkPad X130e laptop, as well as the chance to win the grand prize tech makeover for their school. Winners will be chosen based on internet voting, which is open to students, family and friends. Teachers are invited to download special Dream To DO class materials, which include age-appropriate lesson plans and materials to help inspire students to dream big about their futures. Learn more about the contest details, and download class materials by visiting http://www.LenovoDreamToDO.com. Contest Details: • Open to K-8 schools in the U.S. • Contest runs February 1, 2012 – April 16, 2012 Darcy Delph is a Sales and...

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