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October, 2011

It is with great excitement that I announce Disney's Planet Challenge (DPC) is back for its third year, and with it we are bringing all kinds of additions and surprises! We're offering new and exclusive trips that put the grand in Grand Prize and joining forces with our partner program, Disney's Friends for Change, to bring even more opportunities to your students' fingertips.

October, 2011

One elementary school class and one middle school class will be named national grand prize winners for the 2012 competition that is open to grades 3-8. Many other classes will be recognized for their amazing achievements, too.

ONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINNER AND ONE MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER IN EACH CATEGORY

October, 2011

John Fraser, PhD, AIA, is the director of the Institute for Learning Innovation based in Edgewater, Md. He led a study that assessed the creativity and imagination development in children under 12-years-old who participated in Disney's Planet Challenge.

What was the goal of the research?

We aimed to understand if Disney's Planet Challenge contributed to the development of imagination and creativity skills for participating youth.

October, 2011

Before switching to CDI six years ago, Scott Willliams bought refurbished computers from an outfit that apparently had little, if any, inspection process.

"I don't think they even opened the box and checked them or cleaned them," said Williams, technical coordinator of the Fisher CUSD #1 school district in Illinois.

He says that's never happen with CDI computers.

October, 2011

What is Disney's Planet Challenge? Disney's Planet Challenge is a free, project-based environmental and science competition for students in grades 3-8. Kids identify a local environmental problem, then plan and implement a solution based on their ideas.

October, 2011

Disney's Planet Challenge makes it easy for teachers to align class projects with state and national curriculum standards. The DPC website links to every state's requirements, as well as lesson plans for particular grades in particular states.

"The lesson plans are a big help for teachers who might think they don't have enough time to participate with all the things they're required to teach," said Breigh Rainey, whose class won the grand prize for elementary schools.

September, 2011
 

Pacific View Charter School teacher Kathy Meck recently recalled a 7th grader who came from a traditional school, where he struggled because he didn't like being there.

September, 2011
 

If Bob Henderson had any doubts about purchasing recycled computers for the Lake Park Audubon school district in Minnesota, they vanished after he saw CDI’s three-year warranty.

August, 2011

When Westminster Christian Academy broke ground last year on a 250,000-square-foot building in the middle of St. Louis, technology director Kent D. Kehr Jr.'s excitement was tempered with great apprehension.

August, 2011

When it comes to competing for jobs or gaining admittance to colleges, students can boost their chances of success by earning technical certifications.

August, 2011

Keith Rogers, chief operating Officer of Milwaukee Academy of Science, was looking for a home computer when he recalled a series of email messages he'd received at work from a CDI sales representative about recertified machines.

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