Released June 19, 1998

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BROOKHAVEN LAB HOSTS MAGLEV CONTEST

Longwood Middle School students (from left, foreground) Gavin McIntyre, Kaitlin Barbera and Ray Server were among some 250 Long Island students who competed in the recent Ninth Annual Middle School Magnetic Levitation Contest, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Brookhaven Lab employees (from left, background) Marty Woodle and Melvyn Cowgill were among the volunteer judges in the contest in which students built and raced model maglev vehicles. Both environmentally friendly and fast, the magnet-driven transportation known as maglev was invented by Brookhaven Lab scientists Gordon Danby and James Powell in 1968. The Maglev contest was sponsored by Brookhaven Lab, Hofstra University, the Long Island Technology Administration Association, the Nassau Technology Association and the Suffolk Technology Education Association. Three of the seven first-place winners in various categories were students from the Robert Moses Middle School in North Babylon: Harold Lamm, Michael Faim and Lyndsay Goldberg. Also in first-place were: Steven Masclopinto, from the South Ocean Middle School in the Patchogue-Medford School District; Daniel Chenet, Center Moriches Jr/Sr High School; Brandon Ashinoff, W.T. Clarke Middle School in East Meadow; and co-builders Matt Litwin and Timmy Chung, Jericho Middle School.

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BETHPAGE STUDENT WINS SECOND PLACE IN MAGLEV CONTEST AT BROOKHAVEN LAB

Jennifer Nucci, a student at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage, won second place in the wind-power category in the Ninth Annual Middle School Magnetic Levitation Contest, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Both environmentally friendly and fast, the magnet-driven transportation known as maglev was invented by Brookhaven Lab scientists Gordon Danby and James Powell in 1968. Jennifer designed a model maglev vehicle according to certain size and weight specifications, with the goal being to design the fastest vehicle, carrying the greatest load with the fewest magnets. About 250 Long Island students participated in the contest, which was sponsored by Brookhaven Lab, Hofstra University, the Long Island Technology Administration Association, the Nassau Technology Association and the Suffolk Technology Education Association.

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