Net Day '96

The Idea Behind Net Day

Volunteers with technical expertise in networks and cable runs are needed to connect secondary schools in Northeastern North Carolina and Tidewater Virginia.

The idea behind NetDay 96 isn't to wire every room in every school at the same time. It's a chance to get some network connections in place - that is, to get wiring installed in 2-3 classrooms and a library or computer lab in selected secondary schools in North Carolina and Virginia. To make it possible, volunteers are needed to get the work done.


Training for NetDay 96 Volunteers will be conducted Oct. 3,4,8,9, 1996 at the NASA Resources and Training Site licated in room 113 of Lester Hall on the campus of Elizabeth City State University and Oct. 10, 11, 1996 at Hunt-Mapp Middle School in VA. Volunteers need to attend only one night.

5:30 - 6:00 Sandwich Buffet
6:00 - 7:30 Training for Volunteers

$ $ $

$750.00 NetDay 96 grants are available to schools to purchace networking kits and supplies. Applications for the grants can be requested by calling (919) 335 - 3695. Ask for Wayman White, Darnley Archer or Kurt Roberson.

Why Volunteer ?

Computer networks offer students and teachers vast resources and exciting opportunities to communicate and work together. Teachers around the world can share curricula on the Internet, and students from Northeastern North Carolina and Eastern Virginia can use it to see and understand people and things they never knew existed. What's more, computer literacy has become an essential skill in the job market, and schools that fail to offer computer resources and education are failing to prepare students for graduation.

Here's What You'll Be Doing

Before NetDay 96, schools will work with volunteers and ECSU NRTS staff to design cable runs in each school. Each school will receive a NetDay 96 kit containing cable and other materials; you'll need to bring other tools and supplies on NetDay. See the NetDay 96 Web site for more information on ordering kits and sponsoring schools.

First, you'll run the cables form a central point to the school rooms (2-3 classrooms and library or computerlab). Second, you'll mount wall jacks and wire the schoolroom ends of the cables into the jacks. Third, you'll wire one end of each cable to a kind of "switchboard" called a patch panel. After you've installed the cable, a professional will test it.

After NetDay, students and teachers will be able to plug computers into the jacks. The patch panel you install will make it possible for ECSU/NRTS technicians to connect those computers to each other (forming a local network) and to the outside (linking to the Internet or other wide area networks).


Senator Charles S. Robb
NetDay '96 provides the infrastructure for our schools to go on-line. It brings together the community and the schools in a common bond to promote America's most important resource -- our children. I fully endorse NetDay and I encourage my fellow Virginians to join me during October at this modern day "barn raising." With your help, we can keep our children off the wayside and moving forward on the information superhighway.

Governor Jim Hunt
NetDay '96 in North Caroline gives all of our citizens another opportunity to get involved with their local schools. This volunteer, nonprofit project is a real opportunity for all of us to work together through this public-private partenership."

  • Parents Prepare to go Online
  • Portsmouth Public Schools
  • Donor Appreciation Luncheon
  • ECSU Awards NetDay Grants
  • Network Wiring in Portsmouth Schools
  • Workers Help Get Schools Wired
  • Robb Joins Students for NetDay
  • Douglass Park Photos
  • Hunt-Mapp Middle School Photos
  • Training at ECSU Photos
  • Sheep Harney Elementary Photos
  • H. L. Trigg Elemantary School Photos
  • Photos of Volunteers
  • Camden County High School Photos
  • Camdem County Middle School Photos
  • Northeastern High School Photos

  • Network Resources and Training Site

    Sponsored by
    ECSU and the MUSPIN Office of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center