LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 22, 2006 –Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) today announced the winners of the annual AAPT/Lexmark High School Photo Contest. Through this partnership, Lexmark and the AAPT are enhancing the educational experience of students by encouraging them to see the wonders of math and sciences in their daily lives.
As a developer of industry-leading laser and inkjet printing technology, Lexmark employs some of the world’s finest engineers. Many of those engineers were influenced early on by a love of math and science, so Lexmark has a special interest in promoting education, especially in those areas. This contest allows Lexmark to encourage the study of math and science while also supporting students and teachers across the world.
This contest strengthens the students’ understanding of physics by challenging them to look at everyday occurrences in a new way. We hope the contest will spark a lifetime interest in learning about the way things work and possibly even inspire a few future engineers,” said Tim Fitzpatrick, vice president, corporate communications, Lexmark.
The AAPT/Lexmark High School Photo Contest challenges high school students across the world to submit a photo illustrating an interesting physics concept. The students are required to take the photo themselves and include a written summary of the physics behind the photo. Students were able to submit in one of two categories: natural, which includes any situation that the student witnessed, or contrived, which involves any situation where objects were manipulated to produce the phenomena photographed. The photos were judged on quality and the accuracy of the physics in the accompanying explanation.
“This contest provides students with a challenging opportunity to apply physics concepts to everyday phenomena while using photography skills. Our partnership with Lexmark has enabled us to reach a larger audience and engage even more students in the math and sciences, not only in the classroom, but in every aspect of daily life.” said Bernard V. Khoury, AAPT executive officer.
The winners of this year’s contest were announced at the annual AAPT Summer Meeting in Syracuse, N.Y. Each winning student and their classroom received a Lexmark P6250 inkjet printer as well as a monetary prize. All of the winning photos will be featured in Phase IV of Lexmark’s national philanthropy program PrintArt, which will be released early in 2007. Through the Lexmark PrintArt philanthropic program, the company donates educational software, supplemental lesson plans and Lexmark printers to support art education. Select photos will also be featured in the AAPT/Lexmark calendar, scheduled to be distributed throughout the United States this fall.
And the winners are:
Marina Autina, Treasure Valley Math & Science Center, Boise, Idaho
Photo: Coil of Smoke
Eurydice Rice, Boston University Academy, Boston, Mass.
Photo: Winter Nebula
Nils Rocine, Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, Calif.
Photo: Wave Interference Created by a Swimming Duck
Kevin Rosenquist, West Chicago Community High School, West Chicago, Ill.
Photo: Demonstration of Newton’s First Law of Motion
Matthew Claspill, Helias High School, Jefferson City, Mo.
Photo: Bending Water
Helen He, North Toronto Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Photo: The Disfigured Chopstick
For a complete list of winners and prizes and to see the winning photos, visit www.aapt.org.
About American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
Established in 1930, AAPT’s mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.
Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) makes it easier for businesses and consumers to move information between the digital and paper worlds. Since its inception in 1991, Lexmark has become a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of printing and imaging solutions for customers in more than 150 countries. Lexmark reported $5.2 billion in revenue in 2005, and can be found on the Internet at www.lexmark.com.