A Grand Junction, Colo., high school senior is getting international acclaim for inventing a computerized glove that translates sign language gestures into writing. Educators say the device could hold great potential for integrating hearing-disabled students into mainstream classes.

Ryan Patterson, 17, won top honors and a $100,000 scholarship in the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition held Dec. 3 in Washington, D.C.

In May, the device earned him $216,000 in cash and scholarships at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. He also received a trip to Sweden to

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