Eureka Springs EAST receives MIT and Rotary Club Grants for Inventors Club

   

Eureka Springs EAST receives MIT and Rotary Club Grants for Inventors Club
8/9/2013 3:51:52 PM

The Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab, as part of their proposed plan to establish an Inventors Club for Carroll County youth interested in math and science careers, received a $2,000 FollowOn grant from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program and a corresponding matching grant of $2,000 from the Eureka Springs Rotary Club.

Contributed by Mila Lynne Floro-Powell

The Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab, as part of their proposed plan to establish an Inventors Club for Carroll County youth interested in math and science careers, received a $2,000 FollowOn grant from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program and a corresponding matching grant of $2,000 from the Eureka Springs Rotary Club.

The EAST Lab was selected as an Lemelsom-MIT InvenTeam in October 2005 and presented their blood pressure monitoring wristband device project at MIT in June 2006. For their FollowOn matching grant to increase the number of students involved in invention projects, the proposed Inventors Club will be created to develop math and science skills and encourage an awareness of math and science careers among Carroll County middle school and high school students. The former Eureka Springs InvenTeam mentors (University of Arkansas engineering professors, local engineers, high school science teachers) have agreed to mentor the members of the Inventors Club and attend meetings as guest speakers. Former Eureka Springs InvenTeam members, who have graduated, have also agreed to be Club mentors. Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams is a national grants initiative to foster inventiveness among high school students. Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders, united worldwide, dedicated to humanitarian service, ethical standards in business, and the professions.

The Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab received a $2,000 grant from the Eureka Springs Rotary Club for the EAST Lab’s proposed Carroll County Inventors Club. The grant matches the $2,000 the EAST Lab will receive from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams FollowOn Grant Program. The Inventors Club will develop math and science skills and encourage an awareness of math and science careers among Carroll County middle school and high school students. Receiving the $2,000 check from Rotary President Jim Phillips is Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam member and EAST student Kate Murphy. Looking on are (from left) Eureka Springs School Board member Debbie Smith, EAST Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro-Powell, Eureka Springs High School Principal David Childers, Eureka Springs Elementary School Principal Wayne Carr, Eureka Springs School District Superintendent Reck Wallis, Rotary Club District 6110 Foundation Chairman John Brodbeck, Rotary Club member Bill Ott, University of Arkansas engineering professors and Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam mentors Dr. Patrick Parkerson and Dr. Jia Di.

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