Student Tour with James Gosling

JavaOne has always been about learning and having fun – and this was certainly the experience of 20 university and high school students who were lucky enough to join the Father of Java, James Gosling himself, for a private tour of the JavaOne pavilion on day three of the conference. We first checked out Project Blue Wonder, based on the Sun Java Real-Time System, where colored balls cycle through a complex circuit moved and sorted by motors and sensors, all controlled by a diskless, fan-less, single-board system.

We then moved onto the Java-powered Tommy Car created by Team Jefferson. This robotic, autonomous vehicle, which was a  DARPA Grand Challenge semi-finalist, was a huge hit with the students.

 

While chatting with the group, I discovered that two students from Fort Lewis College had driven 17 hours from Colorado just to attend JavaOne this year.

 

[Photo by Mary Grush, Campus Technology] 

It was inspiring to see our students and so many other young people at JavaOne, sharing their enthusiasm for Java technology and their excitement about the opportunities it could bring them. Here is a group photo.

 

Here are a couple of stories from two journalists who joined the tour.

- "Students Sound Off About Java," by Michael Singer

-"University Students and Researchers Enjoy JavaOne," by Mary Grush

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