About equipment . . .

Chris Rowan (chris@tenet.edu)
Thu, 6 Jul 1995 08:21:30 -0500 (CDT)

Hello everyone,

I have posted queries here before, and I have always received numerous
helpful suggestions. I have wanted to experiment with CU-SEEME ever since
I first learned of its existence a year ago. I wrote a proposal for a
grant this past school year that would involve NASA engineers, scientists,
and technicians in a dialogue with my 5th grade students. Much to my
surprise, I was awarded the grant.

The project is a high fidelity simulation of a journey to Mars. With the
help of NASA, my students will design one or more spacecraft for the
journey and engage in a realtime simulation of a roundtrip journey to

We will not spend every moment of every school day conducting the
simulation. That would be impossible. But we will allocate a portion of
every school day to the simulation. CU-SEEME connectivity offers a very
exciting alternative to email. The "herky-jerky" nature of CU-SEEME would
only enhance the simulation by adding a touch of realism.

Now that I have provided a brief sketch of my project idea, I'll move on
to the reason for this post.

I have not posted a message to this listserv for over a month, and much
may have happened since then. I'd like to know what kind of equipment I
should purchase with the $2,970.00 grant. I have IBM equipment, and I'm
much more comfortable with DOS than any other operating system. If you
have the time, I'd appreciate your advice on the following:


video capture card
ISDN/SLIP/PPP providers (I'm in south Texas)

. . . and any other hardware/software suggestions you may have.

I realize that I am asking for a lot, but this is the first time I have
ever been awarded a grant. I have written many, but this is the first
"win." I definitely want the most bang for the buck because it will be a
long time before I ever get another opportunity. So, many thanks in
advance for your help!

Best regards,
Chris Rowan
1995 NASA NEWEST Participant, Kennedy Space Center