After a full day of competition on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Fairmont State University, hundreds of middle school students on 54 teams were named winners in 10 categories during the West Virginia FIRST® LEGO® League Senior Solutions Challenge State Championship. The winners' names and competition details are online.
The OSIX Experience chronicles Fairmont State University's Open Source Intelligence Exchange (OSIX) student-analysts as they provide real-time intelligence support during President Obama's 2010 visit to Beckley, West Virginia. OSIX is the laboratory and applied research component of Fairmont State University's National Security and Intelligence Program. The OSIX Experience was produced by Allegheny Image Factory.
They navigated painstakingly programmed LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robots through a maze of missions and obstacles. They gave well-honed science presentations to dedicated volunteer judges. They offered solutions to challenges facing senior citizens using elaborate exhibits. They demonstrated what teamwork and professionalism look like.
On Friday, Dec. 14, the Office of International Student Services, in collaboration with the International Education Committee, will host a reception for international students graduating from Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College in December 2012.
The reception will take place in Room 303 of the Education Building from noon to 1:30 p.m. Graduating international students from Korea, Nepal and Saudi Arabia will be recognized and celebrated.
A team of Fairmont State University students traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier in December to present their comparative research tourism as part of the 2012 ARC Appalachian Teaching Project. Their project focused on the exploration of conflict and poverty in relationship to community sustainability and economic stability between Northern Ireland and North Central West Virginia through heritage tourism.