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Youngsters to show off creativity, robotics skills at FIRST LEGO League state championship
Close to 500 middle school students, ages 9 to 14, will bring their robots to Arizona State University’s Tempe campus on Saturday, Dec. 14, to compete in the annual Arizona FIRST LEGO League state championship tournament. Organized and hosted by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering for a sixth consecutive year, it will feature 56 top-performing teams selected from among more than 300 that competed in recent regional qualifying tournaments. Read online

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ASU team uses computer science to aid lives of the disabled (AZCentral.com)
Researchers continue to push the boundaries of computer science at a research lab dedicated to aiding the lives of people with disabilities at Arizona State University, the program’s creator said. The Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing focuses on health care, rehabilitative and assistive technologies. Sethuraman Panchanathan, the lab’s director and ASU’s senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development, created the lab in 2001.

Arizona Technology & Innovation segment on Horizon (KAET Channel 8)
Arizona State University engineers are leading a national project that promises to propel the growth of the solar-energy industry. ASU associate research professor Stuart Bowden recently discussed how the research team plans to realize that goal while at the same time making solar-energy systems more economically competitive with conventional energy sources.

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