Cybercamps uses extra computer bandwidth to fight disease

Seattle 22 July 2005Since 1997, Cybercamps has provided children between the ages of 7-17 the opportunity to learn cutting-edge technology through a unique summer camp programme. This year, Cybercamps has added another layer to its summer programme: distributive computing. Distributive computing enables vastly large computational processing projects to be broken down and spread out amongst a larger set of "idle" computers. For Cybercamps, that means when the campers aren't using their dedicated computers for creating Web pages, designing games, or programming their robots, those same computers are working to predict protein interactions in biological processes, basically solving tiny parts of three-dimensional molecular biology puzzles.

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To integrate the distributive computing programme into Cybercamps, Giant Campus, the parent company of Cybercamps, partnered with Brain Murmurs, a Seattle-based research and development company to create a special screen saver that runs the shared computing programme.

"We are excited to be a part of such a large project", stated Kathleen Fitzgerald, the national programme director for Cybercamps. "Our programme continues to attract the brightest youth and it feels right to excite them about solving the world's problems." Kat worked with Brain Murmurs to create special educational content embedded into the screen saver to give campers an introduction to shared computing.

Formed after years of success with its renowned Cybercamps summer technology camps, Giant Campus provides fun, experience-based on-line technology education for children, teens, and adults. The Giant Campus courseware has been taught in over 3000 Boys and Girls Clubs across the United States touching nearly 2,5 million kids and has been used to teach more than 12.000 students throughout the state of Missouri.

The instructors have personally taught hundreds of students in countries abroad including Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. The company's dedication to perpetual innovation is the formula that has pushed it to the forefront of its industry. Today, Giant Campus is a three-time honouree of Washington CEO magazine's Best Companies to Work For, winning top honours in 2000 and being a top-ten finalist in 2004 and 2005.


Leslie Versweyveld

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