U.S. Olympic PBS Cyber School Site Launches

Posted on December 4, 1997

Delivering the thrill of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games to classrooms around the world, the U.S. Olympic PBS Cyber School Powered by IBM was previewed at the Focus on Children Internet/Online Summit.

Designed to improve science, math and social studies skills for fourth through eighth graders, the site will offer a variety of interactive educational challenges based on three events at the Olympic Winter Games -- downhill skiing, singles figure skating and snowboarding. Students will use event results and information found elsewhere on the Web to cross each challenge's finish line. Some challenges can be completed by one student, while others require collaborative effort.

In addition to the student challenges, the Cyber School site integrates many strategies teachers can use to incorporate Web-based research into all curriculum areas.

IBM is providing Internet technology, content hosting and consulting services for this site. Working closely with PBS, IBM experts will design the site's architecture to enable high volume and very interactive traffic, emphasizing simple and easy-to-use navigation. In addition, IBM will supply the hardware, software and network infrastructure to host the site's content.

CBS Sports and its on-line partner, CBS SportsLine, will participate in the PBS Cyber School project by providing content ranging from athlete profiles to video footage highlighting some of the technical aspects of the site's three featured sports. In addition, leading up to and during CBS's coverage of the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, CBS will provide promotional opportunities for the PBS Cyber School via on-air, on-line and print media.