Kansas City – December 14,  2009 – Ken-A-Vision, a leading manufacturer of digital presentation solutions, document cameras, microscopes and applications software to the educational market,  today announced the donation of 100 of the new kena™ Digital Microscopes to science teachers across the U.S.

The initiative, valued at over $30,000, supports the primary goal of the “Enhancing Education through Technology (Ed Tech) Program” under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) which is to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools. The Ed Tech ARRA is also designed to ensure that every student is technologically
literate by the end of eighth grade and to encourage the effective integration of technology with teacher training and curriculum development to establish successful research-based instructional methods.

The kena give-away program was first announced October 21 on the NSTA Web site’s Elementary School E-mail List Server.  Within hours, 450 responses representing 44 states and schools ranging from Elementary Schools, University Elementary Education Departments to American International Schools in London and Montenegro were received.  Delivery of the product has been
completed. 

“Our goal is to deliver affordable, innovative solutions that bring digital microscopy into the classroom,” said Steve Dunn,
Ken-A-Vision’s President.  “In these challenging economic times, we wanted to give back to educators and provide them the tools to excite students and promote science and technology.  In August, we were thrilled and honored to receive a prestigious award for the kena, the 2009 International Design Excellence Bronze Award (IDEA).” 

Kena is a new portable digital microscope for the classroom. It uses a USB connection, to magnify, capture or modify your images or video. With a few moving parts and low energy usage, it is an ideal green solution for the 21st century classroom. The
ergonomic shape fits snugly in your hand or onto the sleek, sturdy metal base.  Kena has 2x, 4x and 10x objectives giving total
magnification from 20x, 40x, to 100x and cool, bright LED lighting on top and bottom for viewing of specimens or slides.

About IDEA
The IDEA (International Design Excellence Award) Awards are presented annually by IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) and sponsored by BusinessWeek, with selections made by an international jury of professional designers and academics. The IDEA competition is a celebration of the most innovative and exciting product and product concept designs of the year and one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions. www.idsa.org/IDEA2009/gallery/index.asp

About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), www.nsta.org, is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership includes more than 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

About Ken-A-Vision 
A leader in digital presentation solutions, document cameras, microscopes and applications software, Ken-A-Vision provides high quality, cost-effective products.  For over 60 years, Ken-A-Vision has created innovative products for the global market such as the Microprojector, the Cordless Microscope, the kena Digital Microscope and the Video Flex Camera line.  Based in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A., Ken-A-Vision helps students see more, do more and learn more. For more information, visit
www.ken-a-vision.com or contact solutions@ken-a-vision.com.
 

Contact: Kathe Rusnak
Ken-A-Vision Mfg. Co., Inc.
Phone 816-353-4787 EXT 5615
Fax 816-358-5072
krusnak@ken-a-vision.com

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