Inventor To Team Up With Grand Valley Mentor At International Gathering

Grand Valley inventor and Central High graduate Ryan Patterson is going to be making a series of presentations with his mentor, John McConnell, next week at the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering fair. Patterson, who is now attending the University of Colorado, will join McConnell,
who runs the Western Colorado Math and Science Center, and travel to Phoenix to participate in the event, Sunday.

Patterson, under McConnell's guidance, gained international attention for inventing the American Sign Language Translator. It's a glove that helps deaf people communicate through a computer.

McConnell says he is thrilled to go with Patterson to the Intel Educator Academy. The academy connects 150 science educators from across the globe for a week to explore proven and innovative methods of engaging students in the study of science and math.

The pair will give four presentations next week on the importance of mentoring.

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