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Project Phoenix: Early September Awards Announced


Two more eligible developers and deserving projects have been selected.


Any proposals submitted but not selected this time will be reconsidered at each upcoming award cycle. (Refer to this to review the award criteria, details, and benefits.)


In no order of implied importance.


Alan Minner, Camp Verde, Arizona

Verde Valley Robotics is an organization in central Arizona working with schools and youth organizations in the Verde Valley to promote STEM education through robotics programs and teams.  We teach summer classes for ages 8-18 on beginning engineering and programming and develop opportunities to utilize robots as a teaching tool to create greater interest in education in rural and low income areas.  We currently work with Camp Verde, CottonWood, Sedona, and Flagstaff school districts as well as NAU and Yavapai College.  We have been supporting and developing Robotics Teams for LEGO League, and FIRST Robotics. This project will be to create a multi user remote control system for LEGO MindStorm Robots linking multiple PCs and robots with Teacher Control. The primary technologies that the project is expected to use are: C#, C++, Windows 7, Server2003, PHP, SQLserver, and Javascript.


Thomas Burl, Plattsburgh, NY

The Office of Field Experience (OFE) of Plattsburg State University is using an Access based information system to manage student teaching assignments.  This system allows them to produce reports that enhance their decision making process and allow them to quickly locate information about students, schools, and participating teachers.  This project will migrate the system to a Client-Server Architecture using ASP.NET and SQL2008, enhancing efficiency and increasing productivity.  The migration will also allow for a design review as new requirements have been introduced that are not supported on the existing system.  The web interface using ASP.NET would allow the system to be access by more users. This project will allow me to update my skill sets in SQL and ASP.NET. The primary technologies that the project is expected to use are: Server 2008, SQL 2008, LDAP, IIS, and ASP.NET.


Congratulations to Alan and Thomas. These both seem to be very useful and valuable projects. The  Details about your awards will be forthcoming in email.


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Published Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:13 AM by ArnieRowland



Albert Rugel said:

Congratulations Alan and Thomas..

September 15, 2010 3:02 PM

Glenn Berry said:

Congratulations to both winners!

September 17, 2010 11:57 PM

Darren Tebo said:

Congratulations guys. Those both sounds like great projects. I look forward to seeing the results. :)

September 24, 2010 6:03 PM
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