Eureka Springs EAST Students Shine at National Conference

   

Eureka Springs EAST Students Shine at National Conference
3/10/2009 9:07:06 AM

The Eureka Springs High School EAST students returned from the Annual National EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Conference held in Hot Springs last March 3 to 5, 2009, with the most number of Conference awards and honors received by an EAST Program.

The Eureka Springs High School EAST students returned from the Annual National EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Conference held in Hot Springs last March 3 to 5, 2009, with the most number of Conference awards and honors received by an EAST Program. Over 2,000 students and facilitators from 7 states representing 170 EAST Programs attended the Conference.

Participating at this year's Conference were EAST students Madison, Jeremy, Joey, Carolina, Brandon, Elizabeth, Trey, and James. Eureka Springs School Superintendent Wayne Carr and his wife, Shalia, EAST Program facilitator Mila Lynne Floro, Media Specialist Alice McNeal, EAST alumnus Joseph Jones, EAST chaperones Ben and Lynda Rivett were also there to share the students' successes.

For the Founder's Award, given to the EAST Program that demonstrates the highest level of teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and community involvement, the Eureka Springs EAST Program was one of three School of Excellence awardees. Eureka Springs received prizes that included a touch screen laptop, Trimble Juno SC handheld GPS rover, piano keyboard for music composing, and a multi DVD burner. Centerpoint High School received the Founder's Award. Preparing for the Award was a multi-team effort headed by Brandon and Madison, and made up of computer special effects gamers, graphic designers, mappers, music composers, videographers and video editors. The students who worked on the Award were Carolina, Douglas, Elizabeth, Connor, Tillian, Alex, James, Jared, James, Taven and Austin. Joseph Jones was the Team's Video Consultant.

For the Conference's main judging event, Program Impact Assessment, the Eureka Springs EAST program was assessed on its efforts to make a difference in our community. All EAST Programs were judged on their positive impact on their schools and students. The Eureka Springs EAST program and booth were judged Superior, the highest possible rating. Madison and Brandon presented to the judges. The EAST students who designed and created the booth and banner displays were Tanner, Trey, and Sam. A&B Reprographics of Bentonville laminated all the posters and banner displays.

EAST has many business partners who provide the technologies (hardware and software) that allow EAST students to accomplish great community-service projects. Several business partners hosted Application Showcase competitions that featured these projects and the students responsible for them. For this year's Conference, 108 different student teams submitted applications for the various showcase competitions. The Eureka Springs EAST students did exceptionally well.

James won First Place at the Navigational Electronics Inc and Trimble Competition for his "Fire Hydrant Mapping Project". Our EAST Program received a Trimble Juno SC handheld GPS rover. For his hard work, James received a Garmin eTrexLegend Adventure Pack handheld GPS navigator and a bagful of personal accessories. Though best known for GPS technology, Trimble integrates a wide range of positioning technologies including GPS, laser, optical and inertial technologies with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions.

For their "Middle School Emergency Evacuation Plan Project's" First Place finish in the Google Earth Showcase Competition, Brandon, Alix and Tyler each won $50 Best Buy gift cards. Their architectural designs can be found on Google Earth. You can view the students' designs on, http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=f0492f1a97b7d8067b8fdf4060012f55&prevstart=0 . Click on "Download Model", and then "Google Earth 4 (.kmz)". Developed for the conceptual stages of design, Google SketchUp
is a powerful yet easy-to-learn 3D software. Google SketchUp the placement of architectural models using real-world coordinates on Google Earth that can be shared with the world using the Google 3D Warehouse.

For their work on the "Springs and Storm Drains Project", the team of Jeremy, Joey and James were co-winners with Brinkley High School for the Natural Leader Showcase Award at the Arkansas Audubon Natural Leader Competition. Their prizes included hand-made pendants by a national artist and a wonderful book from Carl Hunter, "Wildflowers of Arkansas". Audubon Arkansas is engaged in the restoration and protection of watersheds and other habitats important to birds and other wildlife, citizen involvement in science and habitat protection, environmental education for young people, and public outreach and education.

James received an Honorable Mention for his "Fire Hydrants Mapping Project" at the ESRI Showcase Competition. Our EAST Program received ESRI mapping books and a fully-paid one year license maintenance fee. James' individual prize included a student's software license for ArcGIS 9.3. Our "Springs and Storm Drains Mapping Project" also made it to the Finals and was presented by Jeremy. Drew Central High School won the Competition for their Bus Routes Mapping Project. ESRI designs and develops the world's leading geographic information system (GIS) technology.

For the "Springs and Storm Drains Mapping Project", Tanner Duckworth for "EAST Night Out", and James for the "Fire Hydrant Mapping Project". Students created complex concepts and purposes on a single poster. The Finalists' posters were displayed in the main exhibit hall. The winning poster was created by Hannah and Derek of Macomb High School (Illinois).

During the Conference's Plenary Session and Banquet Dinner, music composed by over 34 EAST students was used. Eureka Springs EAST students Alex, Jared and Austin submitted compositions that were played.

"It was very exciting to have our students perform so well," said EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro. "We want to thank everyone who supported our Program and made it possible for us to reach the various competition finals - our School Administration and Staff, community partners, families and friends. We couldn't take all of our EAST students. We hope that our successes will motivate more of our EAST students to strive even harder so they can make it to next year's Conference."

EAST is a unique high school class that emphasizes using advanced technology applications to solve community service projects. In the process of solving community problems, EAST students learn to become creative, intuitive, adaptable learners who can solve unpredictable, real-world problems. For more information about EAST and how you can support our EAST Program, please contact Mila Lynne Floro at 479-253-2936.

Eureka Springs High School EAST students are seen in front of their booth as they show off the prizes they received during the National EAST Conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Over 170 EAST Programs and over 2,000 students and facilitators from 7 states attended the Conference. The Eureka Springs EAST Program received the most number of Conference awards and honors received by an EAST Program. They received the School of Excellence Award, Superior Rating for their Program Impact Assessment, First Place for the Navigational Electronics Inc/ Trimble Competition, First Place for the Google Earth Showcase Competition, Co-Winner at the Arkansas Audubon's Natural Leader Showcase Competition, and Honorable Mention at the ESRI Showcase Competition. They were also Finalists for the Poster Competition and for the Student Created Music Submissions. From left: Jeremy, Trey, Carolina, Madison, Brandon, Joey and James. Not included in photo: Elizabeth.

Eureka Springs High School EAST students are seen getting ready to present to judges at the Showcase Competitions at the National EAST Conference held in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Eureka Springs EAST Program received the most number of Conference awards and honors received by an EAST Program. Over 170 EAST Programs and over 2,000 students and facilitators from 7 states attended the Conference. Standing (from left): James (First Place, Navigational Electronics Inc/ Trimble Competition; Honorable Mention, ESRI Competition; Finalist, Poster Competition), Joey (Co-Winner, Arkansas Audubon's Natural Leader Showcase Competition), Brandon (First Place, Google Earth Showcase Competition). Sitting: Jeremy (Finalist, ESRI Competition and Finalist, Poster Competition). Not included in photo: Madison who presented with Brandon at the Program Impact Assessment judging (Superior Rating) and was co-Leader with Brandon in the Founder's Award Competition (received the School of Excellence Award); and, Tanner (Finalist, Poster Competition).

Eureka Springs High School EAST students Brandon and Madison receive the School of Excellence Award from EAST Senior Director of Program Services at the National EAST Conference held in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Prizes given to the winners can be seen at the right side of the stage. Over 170 EAST Programs and over 2,000 students and facilitators from 7 states attended the Conference. The Eureka Springs EAST Program finished the Conference with the most number of awards and honors received by an EAST Program.

 Eureka Springs High School EAST students celebrate after receiving the School of Excellence Award and show off their plaque at the National EAST Conference held in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Over 170 EAST Programs and over 2,000 students and facilitators from 7 states attended the Conference. The Eureka Springs EAST Program finished the Conference with the most number of awards and honors received by an EAST Program. From left (front row): Eureka Springs High School Media Specialist Alice McNeal, EAST students James, Madison, Carolina, EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro, EAST student Brandon. From left (back row) EAST alumnus Joseph Jones, Eureka Springs School Superintendent Wayne Carr, EAST students Jeremy (partly hidden), Joey, Elizabeth and Trey.

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