NEW ALBANY, IND. (Jan. 24, 2007) – Fourier Systems has partnered with Thinkronize, Inc., developer of the netTrekker suite of online educational search products, to provide Nova5000 users access to more than 180,000 educator-selected, standards-based resources.

"Partnering with Thinkronize provides students using the Nova5000 the opportunity to access thousands of valuable online resources through a safe, educational search engine," said Brenda Raker, CEO of Fourier Systems, Inc. "Plus, netTrekker d.i. gives teachers the materials necessary to create differentiated instruction, which is a goal closely aligned to our objective of achieving a one-to-one computing environment in every classroom."

Millions of students nationwide are currently using netTrekker d.i., which was specifically designed for use in schools to help educators meet individual students´ learning needs. The netTrekker product suite addresses a significant need in the industry by offering users a way to search quickly and efficiently through online sources in a safe and flexible manner. This allows teachers more time to teach, and gives students appropriate and reliable resources for learning and reinforcement.

"Collaborating with Fourier Systems allows our customers to access netTrekker d.i. in exciting new ways, significantly increasing the value of their investment in both technologies," said Christine Willig, president of Thinkronize. "For instance, a class can be working in a science lab or even outdoors using their Nova5000s, and then immediately check netTrekker d.i. for additional facts and materials to enhance their projects or to reinforce key concepts they have just learned. The mobility that the Nova5000 provides truly facilitates learning, anytime, anywhere."

Weighing a little more than 2 pounds, the Nova5000 is a Windows CE 5.0 tablet-computing device that meets students´ everyday computing needs, including Internet access, word processing, spreadsheets and e-mail. As the Nova5000 is designed specifically for school use, it delivers the components necessary for success in a K-12 environment, including a student-appropriate software suite, durability for extended classroom use, and mobility, enabling use outdoors.

Bridging the gap between cost-prohibitive laptops and less functional handheld devices, the price of a single Nova5000 when bundled with netTrekker d.i. is around $600, but resellers should be contacted directly for exact pricing.

About the netTrekker Product Suite

The netTrekker product line includes award-winning educational search products for both the education (netTrekker classic and netTrekker d.i.) and consumer (netTrekker home) markets. Unlike ordinary search engines, products from the netTrekker suite provide fast and easy access to only the best educational resources from the entire Internet in a safe, organized, standards-aligned format. Using netTrekker search products, educators, school librarians, students, and parents save valuable time because they are directed to relevant, reliable, educator-selected Web sites every time – meaning less time spent on searching and more time focused on teaching, learning, and achieving. For more information about the netTrekker suite, visit www.netTrekker.com.

About Thinkronize

Thinkronize, an Internet developer of K-12 educational products, was founded in 1999 by Robert Reinders, and grew out of a passion for and commitment to enhancing teaching and learning with the Internet and standards-based online resources. The company launched its flagship product, netTrekker classic, in October 2000 and has since expanded the product line to include netTrekker d.i., designed for use in schools to help educators meet individual students´ learning needs, and netTrekker home, available for purchase by parents whose district or school has not yet purchased a netTrekker subscription. Peers, educators, and parents have honored Thinkronize and the netTrekker product suite 18 times for their contributions to education. Most recently, netTrekker home was awarded The National Parenting Center´s Seal of Approval, earning a position among an elite group of products recommended to parents by TNPC. In addition, Thinkronize was also named to the 2006 Inc. 500 List as one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the United States. For more information, visit www.thinkronize.com or phone 877-517-1125.

About Fourier Systems, Ltd.

Established in 1989, Fourier is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of compact portable data logging devices and accessories for the education market. The company´s science kits continue to push the standards of science education higher, now in over 30 countries around the world. With a wide range of sensors, user-friendly software and relevant curriculum material, Fourier´s products demonstrate a commitment to high quality. Fourier has earned accolades both nationally and internationally, including the Worlddidac award for the EcoLogÍ and ExperiNetÍ. For more information, visit www.fourier-sys.com or phone 877-266-4066.

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