VisWall Participates in Lincoln's 200th Birthday Reading
February 12, 2009
At 10:00 am, local home-school students gathered around the Visualization Wall to participate in a world-wide celebration of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday.
RENCI at ECU director Dr. Tom Allen and technology coordinator Stephen Sanchagrin introduced the children to the VisWall and gave a brief presentation on the life of Abraham Lincoln. Then, at 10:30, the children joined thousands of others from across the nation in reading the Gettysburg Address aloud in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for simultaneous reading. A live webcast of the event originated from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, IL.
According to Guinness, the record for simultaneous reading aloud now stands at 223,363. RENCI at ECU will submit a list of children who participated in the reading to the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Once lists of participants are tallied, organizers will determine whether the record was broken. More information on this event can be found at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum website.
After the reading, Allen and Sanchagrin demonstrated the research and 3D visualization capabilities of the VisWall, much to the delight of the children.