Blonder Tongue Upgrades Middle School in Pensacola

School administrators saw this as an opportunity for students to participate in a hands-on project.
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Blonder Tongue Laboratories Inc. has donated a bunch of gear to Brown-Barge Middle School in Pensacola, Fla., to upgrade school’s CATV system.

Brown-Barge (student population 550), recently moved to a new facility at an existing local school site. The Instructional TV (ITV) system in the new site did not have the broadcast functionality required to accommodate Brown-Barge’s curriculum. Further, an HVAC installation caused damage to the system which caused problems throughout the school (splitters reversed, lines cut, bad terminations and more).

School administrators saw this as an opportunity for students to participate in a hands-on project. Brown-Barge teamed up with the Cox Telecommunications Academy and Training Facility at the West Florida High School of Advanced Technology, to have the high school students design, and install an updated ITV system. Fifty students from Cox participated in the project, doing site surveys and drafting plans.

“This presented a great opportunity for our local High School academy to get some real-world experience by re-designing and re-building our ITV infrastructure” said Steven T. Harrell, technology coordinator at the school.

Blonder Tongue Laboratories donated the agile modulators and various passive components which were used in the installation.

“The project benefits all students and families at Brown-Barge. We were thrilled to receive equipment from Blonder Tongue to assist us in the delivery of our curriculum. Thank you very much for your support of public schools and our mission,” said Principal Patricia G. Kerrigan.

Using Blonder Tongue equipment, Cox students installed a new system which can broadcast up to 100 channels to all of the classrooms.

“It took about six months for the students to complete the project. This is longer than a private contractor would have taken, but the experience our students gained was worth the extra time”, said Harrell.

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