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November 5, 2003

Science Bound students to witness technology at Ross-Ade

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A group of 20 Indianapolis Public School students who participate in Purdue University's Science Bound program will be able to watch their parents use state-of-the-art technology to analyze the Iowa football game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (11/8) in Ross-Ade Stadium.

The parents will be able to score up-to-the-minute statistics, review player and coach biographies, and enjoy other electronic "infotainment" using personal digital assistants (PDAs). The prototype, known as e-Stadium, is a partnership among Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), Purdue's Center for Wireless Systems and Applications, and Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics. It made its debut Sept. 6 at the season football opener against Bowling Green when a test group of fans in premium seating and suites used PDAs to access data and answer trivia questions.

Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke collaborated with Indianapolis Public Schools and Indianapolis business leaders to design Science Bound, a program to increase the number of Purdue students from Indianapolis Public Schools who enroll and graduate in the fields of science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math/science education. The program provides IPS students an opportunity to become exposed to college life and to eventually earn a scholarship to Purdue.

The students also will be introduced on Saturday during the President's Council pregame event. Wesley Campbell, Purdue's Science Bound director, said Purdue is treating the students and their parents to the Iowa game to reward them for active participation in the program and good grades.

"This select group of Science Bound students works especially hard in the classroom," Campbell said. "Their parents also take time out of their busy schedules to attend regular meetings at which they learn what they can do to help their children succeed in college. What better way to reward their efforts than to recognize these future Boilermakers at a lavish luncheon and expose them to state-of-the-art technology while enjoying the energizing aura of a home football game."

Additional on-campus activities, such as summer camps and Spring Fest, offer Science Bound students new academic opportunities by exposing them to careers in their chosen field of study.

To be eligible for the four-year tuition scholarship, selected IPS students must successfully complete the five-year Science Bound program and gain acceptance to Purdue in an approved field, including engineering, math, science, technology, agriculture or math/science education.

Students selected for the program are identified in the seventh grade based on a variety of criteria, including standardized test scores, teacher recommendations and their math and science grades and potential. Once selected, students take part in field trips and after-school activities. Now in its second year, 150 students participate in the program.

Each student also is assigned a mentor-teacher. Mentor-teachers are responsible for the implementation of the Science Bound program and conduct regular meetings to ensure that students are provided with guidance and support.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704,

Sources: Wesley Campbell, (765) 494-0018,

Morgan Burke, director of intercollegiate athletics, (765) 494-3189,

James Bottum, vice president of information technology, (765) 496-2266,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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Note to Journalists: Photographers and videographers are welcome to take footage of the parents using e-Stadium at half-time. To make arrangements, contact Angela Champion at (765) 494-0018, A related news release on e-stadium.

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