James Logan High School students will celebrate the Chinese New Year and the coming Olympic Games by taking part this evening in a domino chain that will link the United States and China.
Students in teacher Sarah Duís C4 Club (Chinese Connections to Community and Culture) will make up one of four groups from Bay Area schools, linked by computer, that will sequentially topple dominoes. When the chain is completed at one school, the final domino will trigger a computer that will send a signal to the next school, prompting a computer to start the next chain. The signal then will be passed to Hong Kong, where more student groups will topple dominoes, before the chain ends in Beijing, site of the 2008 Olympics.
Click here to see the domino bridge fall tonight. The Logan students today and tonight are setting up approximately 10,000 dominos. Between the two countries, the total for the chain is approximately 272,000 dominos. The first domino will fall at Washington High School in Fremont, which will forward the signal to Newark Memorial High. Logan will pick up the chain from Newark and forward it to Lynbrook High in San Jose, which will send the computer signal that triggers the chain in China.
The event, part of the Nexus Bridge project designed to bring together American and Chinese students and educators, will begin at 6 p.m. Due to the sensitivity of the domino chain, attendance at the schools is by invitation only, but the event can be viewed live on the Nexus Bridge website (www.nexusbridge.com).