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EDS To Bring Web Camera Learning Program To Hong Kong School

Electronic Data Systems (EDS) plans to setup an online distance learning environment at a Hong Kong school.

The project will utilize a camera placed deep in the canopy of the Peruvian rain forest to help students at the Hong Kong International School (HKIS), a private school for Hong Kong's expatriate community, learn more about it.

"Our vision for next year is to help more schools throughout Asia host the JASON Project and benefit from the experience," said Jay Davis, director of marketing and business development at EDS Hong Kong.

The interactive learning program in science and technology, called the JASON Project, was established by scientist Robert Ballard after he discovered the wreckage of the Titanic in 1989.

Ballard set up the project and a foundation to manage it by getting support from various public, private and non-profit organizations.

EDS has served as a founding sponsor and technology provider of the project since its inception 10 years ago.

The global information systems company will place the Web camera in the rain forest to broadcast live images that will be placed on the Internet for students to examine.

EDS will provide the technical solutions which permit students to interact with scientist working in the forest via e-mail and organize a live online interview with scientists.

"As the educational leader in technology, Hong Kong International School is proud to be the first school in Asia to be hosting this innovative project with EDS," explained Charles Dull, the head of school at HKIS.

"We are excited to partner in learning with such a prestigious expedition as the JASON Project, bringing the rain forest right into out classroom."