Kids debugging the millennium bug

By Sarah King
Amalgamated Academy
Bay Robert's, Newfoundland

The grade five students at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland, have been doing research on how exactly one would go about "debugging" the Y2K problem that has haunted the lives of many a computer owner.

The children, under the direction of Pauline Molloy, read articles, searched the Web and had guest speakers to find out all they could about this looming crisis.


For those of you that may have been living under a rock this past year or two, the millennium bug, or Y2K bug, is a major concern for the computer industry. Most people know that January 1 will mark the start of the Year 2000. But the computer chip in your video camera, your home computer, your security system or your fax machine might get the wrong idea and read the year 2000 as the year 1900.

This confusion may cause any number of problems, especially for large corporations which base their entire operation around a computerized schedule.

The grade fives created Web pages to inform others of their opinions on the millennium bug. They interviewed computer experts and did research on the Web about the Y2Kproblem. Then they placed links on their pages to help others deal with this problem.

On the webpage you will also find a quiz testing your knowledge of the Y2K bug.