[Collected on the Internet, 2001]
Hi! We are fifty 6th grade students at Taylorsville Elementary School in Taylorsville, North Carolina the county seat of Alexander County. We are located in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains and are often called "Apple City". We have decided, after seeing this done at another school, to map an
1. E-mail us back at: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your city/state/location so we can plot it on our map.
2. Forward this e-mail to everyone you know so that they can send it on to everyone they know (and so on) to help us reach even more people. (We don't mind receiving repeats, so sent it on to everyone. We're tracking the number of responses we receive as well, and will be making a graph in our computer lab classes using the numbers received by state.) We will post our results on our school's web site after our deadline so that you can see how we did. Our site can be accessed through http://www.alexander.k12.nc.us/. With your help we can make this a very fun and exciting learning experience. PLEASE help us.
Thank you for any help you can give.
Taylorsville Elementary's 6th grade students
(Mrs. Janet Forrest's Social Studies Classes)
121 7th St SW
Taylorsville, NC 28681
[Collected on the Internet, 2002]
We are in the 4th grade at Cairo Elementary School in Cairo, West Virginia. We are located in Ritchie County near Harrisville, West Virginia. Our classroom teacher,
1. E-mail us back at email@example.com and tell us your location by city, state, and country. We will then plot these on our map.
2. Copy and paste this into a new email and send this letter to everyone you know. They, in turn, can send it on to everyone they know. This will help us reach as many people as possible. After collecting the
Mrs. Davis' 4th Grade
Cairo, West Virginia
Origins: As more and more schools have become "wired," sending out the Internet equivalent of messages tied to balloons has become a popular class project. Create a message that identifies you and asks the finder to write back, set it adrift in cyberspace, and collect responses from all over the world. As most of the schools that try this are finding out, however, it isn't quite the same thing as letting balloons fly, because the number of responses received is no longer limited by the number of balloons launched. A single
Classes of schoolchildren who expect to spend a little time each day tabulating the responses they receive end up overwhelmed by their success, as was the case at both of the schools cited in the examples above. The Taylorsville Elementary School project was scheduled to run from
Folks keep on trying, though. April 2002 saw the launching of yet another effort:
Hey this is easy -
I am a science teacher at an elementary school in Los Angeles, California. A few of my sixth grade students are working on a project for our 2002 Science Fair to be held
There are only 2 simple steps that will help us to track this email:
1. Please send an e-mail to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject of the e-mail please include your city, state, and country.
You do not need to include your name. Please respond only one time.
2. Please forward this e-mail to everyone on your mailing list. We will be keeping track of the number of responses, as well as the locations. Therefore, send them even to people in the same town. In our science project, we are trying to rate how fast and how far information can travel on the Internet in a six week period. If you receive this
Thank you VERY much for your help!
Hello, Kia Ora!
We are Year 8 students at Taonui School, a rural school located near Feilding, in the Manawatu province of New Zealand.
Our teacher, Mr Small is helping us with this project. We have decided to map the progress of an email. We are interested in finding out "Where in the World' our email will go. We are starting our project on
We would appreciate your help. If you receive this message, we ask that you:
1. Email us back at email@example.com and tell us your location, by city, state and country. We will plot these locations on our map.
2. Forward this email and send it to everyone on your address list. They, in turn, can send it to all their contacts. This will help us to reach as many people as possible. After collecting the email messages and plotting them on a map, we will graph the number of responses we have received by state and country. With your help, this project will be a very exciting learning experience for us.
Amy Davis-Herbison and Nikolai Gorinski
Another DOA message from British Columbia was bouncing its responses with a "User unknown" error in mid-April:
1. Please send an e-mail to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject of the
2. Please forward this e-mail to everyone on your mailing list. We will be keeping track of the number of responses, as well as the locations. Therefore, send them even to people in the same town. In our science project, we are trying to rate how fast and how far information can travel on the Internet in a four week period. If you receive this
We are in Mrs. Sheckells second grade class at Crystal Lake Elementary School in Stuart, Florida. We are doing an experiment for our class in which we are trying to see where our email can travel in the space of one month. We will keep track of how many emails we get and from which cities, states, and countries. We are hoping you will be willing to help us in our project. There are just
1. Please send an email containing your city, state, and country to email@example.com You do not need to include your name. Please only respond one time.
2. Forward this letter to as many people as you possible can. We are going to keep track of actual numbers of responses from individual cities, so send it even to those that live in the same town. We have decided to only do the tracking for
Thank you for your participation in our experiment. We can't wait to start receiving those emails! Thank you
Mrs. Sheckells Second Grade Teacher Crystal Lake Elementary
Have a wonderful day!!
There are just 2 simple steps that will allow us to track this email:
1. Please send an email containing your city, state, and country to firstname.lastname@example.org You do not need to include your name. Please respond only one time.
2. Forward this letter to as many people as you possible can. We are going to keep track of actual numbers of responses from individual cities, so send it even to those that live in the same town.
We have decided to only do the tracking for 1 month. We have chosen to monitor this project from
St. John the Baptist School