Contact: Diane Greenberg, or Mona S. Rowe

Mailed 4/30/98





Testing of model vehicles propelled by magnetic levitation (maglev) for the Ninth Annual Middle School Magnetic Levitation Contest. Maglev, the suspension, guidance and propulsion of vehicles by magnetic forces, was invented and patented in 1968 by Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists Gordon Danby and James Powell.

It may be the transportation of the future because it is less costly and environmentally friendlier than building new roads.

Media representatives are invited to attend the contest. Although students, parents and teachers will be present, the event is closed to the general public because of space limitations.


WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



Brookhaven Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Lab is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.


DETAILS: Over 250 middle school technology students from 17 schools in Nassau and Suffolk Counties have entered the 1998 contest. Hosted by the Laboratory for the second time, the contest is sponsored by BNL; Hofstra University, Center for Technology Education; the Long Island Technology Administration Association; the Nassau Technology Association; and the Suffolk Technology Education Association. (Attached is a list of schools that have entered students in the contest.) The students were required to design and construct model vehicles according to certain size and weight specifications, with the goal being to design the fastest vehicle that carries the greatest load with the fewest magnets. In addition, the students will be judged on the design briefs for their vehicles. There will be winners in five categories: appearance (scale and futuristic), wind power, self-propelled, gravity and electrified track. Each of the winners will receive a trophy.

The vehicles will be tested on special tracks, while the students observe how their vehicles fare. The handmade, unique vehicles and the enthusiasm of the middle school students provides excellent visuals.

The media will be accommodated, but the event is not open to the general public.





MAY 13, 1998

Participating Schools


Albert G. Prodell Middle School (Shoreham-WadingRiver)

Berner Junior High School (Massapequa)

Center Moriches Jr/Sr High School

Hauppauge Middle School

Herricks Middle School (Albertson)

Hicksville Middle School

James Vernon Middle School (East Norwich)

Jericho Middle School

John F. Kennedy Middle School (Bethpage)

John F. Kennedy Middle School (Port Jefferson Station)

Longwood Middle School (Middle Island)

Miles Middle School (Amityville)

Mount Sinai Middle School

Patchogue/Medford Middle School

Port Jefferson Middle School

Vernon Middle School (East Norwich)

Wisdom Lane Middle School (Levittown)

W. Tresper Clarke Middle School (Westbury)