|Re: And the winners are.... ? OOPS, I lied|
Message #18 Posted by Ben Salinas on 12 Aug 2003, 6:31 p.m.,
in response to message #10 by Ben Salinas
To answer some of the questions that have been asked:
As far as I understand, the prize is a HP 9g, and $3000. I will be sure to ask to see if they will give me a nicer calculator, though I am not sure if they will. (Trust me, I would much rather have a HP 49g+ than a 9g:))
There is no guarantee (and probably very little chance) that they will make this calculator I designed. First off, a few of the features might be physically impossible(a few, mind you) but more importantly, remember they were expecting , and I quote,
"What if a calculator could measure the ocean's depth, transmit the temperature on Mars, and solve any complex math problem you could dream up? What if a calculator came in the shape of a rocket ship, butterfly, or snake, or was painted in patriotic stars and stripes?"
It said in the rules, that the calculator designs might be used for ideas in future calculators. I truly doubt they will make my calculators, but there is a strong possibility that they will use some of my ideas in future models (if they make future models)
My teacher called the HP person back (as he was instructed to do so). They want to interview me, via phone, on thursday, and would like to come down to south Texas to see the school. (http://scitech.stisd.net)Supposedly they were very amazed by my entry. They also said that they might want to donate some equipment/money to the school, if they like it (which I believe they will like it) (the school itself is a magnet school with emphasis on math, science, and engineering, and all the skills I used in creating my design I learned in the required technology classes)
I will hope for the best.