From robots to video games, rockets to flight simulators: CTI Academy has it all

March 28, 2012

This summer’s CTI Academy will have teens engaged with their senses and learning in motion. Middle and high school students can build, explore and discover in morning, afternoon and full-day camps offered by the College of Technology and Innovation at ASU’s Polytechnic campus. Campers will gain hands-on experience working on team-based projects in areas like gaming, aviation, mobile apps and renewable energy.

Camps are offered in June and July. Prices range from $150 to $600, and will be led by ASU faculty members. Download Full Image

Camp offerings include:
• 3-2-1 Lift Off – rockets (for campers entering grades 6-12)
• STEAM Labs @ ASU: Engineering Design Camp (for campers entering grades 6-8 and 9-12)
• Game Design Camp (for campers entering grades 6-8)
• Video Game Design (for campers entering grades 9-12)
• Poly CSI (for campers entering grades 6-12)
• Renewable Energy (for campers entering grades 6-12)
• Game Art Camp (for campers entering grades 6-8 and 9-12)
• Mobile App Creation (for campers entering grades 9-12)
• WISE Career Choices for High School Girls (for campers entering grades 10-12)
• Aviation Camp (for campers entering grades 6-9)=
• Design Thinking and Problem Solving (for campers entering grades 6-12)

This summer, CTI Academy has added summer camps for educators looking to learn more about how to bring hands-on learning opportunities into the classroom.

Educator camps:
• Bridging Science & Fun thru Biology and Math
• 5-12 Course Development using Technology
• Teaching Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving
• LEGO Robotics: K-12 Classroom Use
• STEAM Labs @ ASU: Teaching Engineering Design with STEAM Machines

For information about each camp, pricing, dates, times or to register, visit or call (480) 727-1449. Space is limited.

The College of Technology and Innovation is also offering Camp Game, a unique experience in intensive video game creation, visualization and production. See for dates, pricing and registration information.

Kris Mayes discusses solar tower on Channel 12

March 28, 2012

Kris Mayes, Faculty Director of the Program on Law and Sustainability, appeared on Channel 12 News on March 27 to discuss a solar tower being built in La Paz County.

“There’s some momentum behind this,” Mayes said. “You never know whether something will actually get built or whether the technology will bear out, but some very large California utilities have apparently seen fit to sign a contract with it.” Download Full Image

The power plant will use only the “heat of the sun,” said Chris Davey of EnviroMission, the Australian company behind the plant. It will stand 2,600 feet tall, making it one of the tallest structures in the world. The plant will produce enough clean energy to power 200,000 homes.

Mayes said smaller, similar projects have worked elsewhere, but nothing like this has ever been tried in the United States.

It is supposed to be finished in 2015, and will reportedly bring 1,500 construction jobs and 40 to 50 permanent jobs to Arizona.

To watch the report, click here.

Mayes, who has a Masters of Public Policy from Columbia University and a J.D. from the College of Law, served on the Arizona Corporation Commission from 2003 to 2010, and also chaired the Commission.