EAST Initiative Hosts Open House, Gov. Hutchinson to Attend

   

EAST Initiative Hosts Open House, Gov. Hutchinson to Attend
2/11/2015 9:27:29 AM

The EAST Initiative is celebrating a move to its new national headquarters with an open house and grand opening Thursday, February 12.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –The EAST Initiative is celebrating a move to its new national headquarters with an open house and grand opening Thursday, February 12.

The 14,000 square feet, state-of-the-art digital learning center, located at 6215 Ranch Drive in Little Rock, will provide technology and computer science training to EAST students, facilitators, classroom teachers and community members.

Governor Asa Hutchinson and staff are expected to attend at 6 p.m. and participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony, assisted by a robot provided by the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and the Rock City Robots.

EAST students from around the state will be on hand to share about the work they are doing in their local communities and demonstrate some of the cutting-edge technologies they use every day in their EAST programs. Projects using computer coding, GIS and GPS, design and more will be on display. Students will also participate in training sessions in coding and project planning.

Award winning folk music artist Emily Phillips and a partner will provide special entertainment on the traditional fiddle. Phillips is an EAST alumna from Mountain View High School.

“We are so excited to invite our friends and community to our new facility to see first-hand how the EAST Initiative is growing by leaps and bounds,” said Matt Dozier, the EAST Initiative President and CEO. “This new space will allow us to expand EAST training and professional development and it is our hope that the new headquarters can be a resource for the larger community.”

The Little Rock Chamber of Commerce will host a formal ribbon cutting at 2p.m.

The public is invited to drop in for the open house from 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.


About the EAST Initiative

EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) is unlike any other model in modern education. It is a project-based, service-learning oriented program that provides students with high-end technology available in the most progressive fields in the world. At its heart, EAST is a coordinated effort to provide today’s students with an educational atmosphere that allows them to gain insight into their own abilities to acquire and use information, solve problems and gain valuable experience. Since its inception in 1996, the EAST model has expanded to over 200 schools in five states (Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania). For more information about the EAST Initiative, visit www.EASTinitiative.org.

 

  

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