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Niagara Power Project Visitors Center Adds High-Tech Teaching Tools

Lou Paonessa

January 17, 2008


LEWISTON—School groups and community organizations taking advantage of the free facilities at the Power Vista—the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Project visitors center—now have new high-tech audio-visual equipment at their fingertips.

Classroom teachers will appreciate the new SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard System installed in the Power Vista classroom, which will allow them to interact with multi-media presentations on a screen of more than six feet. Alongside the SMART Board are two 37-inch LCD monitors and an optional 10-foot screen if more viewing space is required. The entire room is supported with surround-sound audio.

Groups of 50 to 300 people can gather in the 4,250-square-foot enhanced community room with four wall-mounted 42-inch LCD monitors, an improved sound system, wireless microphones and source inputs allowing presenters to provide content through DVD/VHS players and laptop computers.

NYPA has installed a high-efficiency heating and air conditioning system and energy efficient doors and windows to make the community room accessible year-round to community groups and visitors to the Niagara Project.

The community room is available for meetings and events at no charge for local not-for-profit and civic organizations. Adjoining the room is a large outdoor patio overlooking the lower Niagara River and Gorge, which can be used when weather permits. There is free parking and the facility is handicapped-accessible.

The admission-free Power Vista opened in 1963 and has welcomed more than six-and-a-half million visitors. Features include over 50 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits on energy, electricity and local history. Educational programs are offered at no charge for students at all grade levels. NYPA also sponsors special events year-round at the Power Vista.

The Power Vista is located at 5777 Lewiston Road. For additional information on the facility or on reserving the Community Room, please contact NYPA’s Community Relations staff at 716-286-6661.

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 About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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