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50-year time capsule sealed in J-E tech wing

50 years from now, Jordan-Elbridge High School students and staff might be surprised at what they find inside the interior wall of a storage closet in room 120 of what is now the school's technology wing.

Jordan-Elbridge High School recently held a ceremony on Feb. 10 for the sealing of the time capsule in its new technology win. The capsule is not to be opened until February 10, 2061.

Students brought in artifacts for the time capsule such as (these are all broken items) an iPod, X-Box controller, cell phone, digital camera and CD. The technology department included pictures of student work and the new classrooms, CAD software sample CD, course catalog, school calendar, school agenda, student handbook and the Post-Standard newspaper dated Feb. 10, 2011. Also included was a photo of the iPhone 4, the latest in present day smart phone technology.

Several students submitted questions about the future 50 years from now - Will we be using gasoline to fuel our automobiles? Will there be a cure for cancer? Will people drive flying cars? Will there be virtual television and video gaming? What will the average life expectancy of a human being in the year 2061? Will electricity be wireless?

The idea for a time capsule was presented to the technology department in September. Students determined the theme for the time capsule, "Technology Present and Future," and J-E Student Council chose the quote that would be attached to the capsule's inside door: "One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." - Elbert Hubbard

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