Eureka Springs EAST receives MIT and ASTA Grants for Inventors Club

   

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The Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab received grants for its Carroll County Inventors Club from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program for $2,000 and from ASTA (Arkansas State Teachers Association) for $500.

Date: January 10, 2008
Contact: Mila Lynne Floro
Tel: (479) 253-2936
Email: mlpowell@es.k12.ar.us
Release: IMMEDIATELY



The Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab received grants for its Carroll County Inventors Club from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program for $2,000 and from ASTA (Arkansas State Teachers Association) for $500.

After participating in the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program in 2005, the EAST Lab established the Inventors Club to develop math and science skills and encourage an awareness of math and science careers among Carroll County middle school and high school students. 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. Eureka Springs InvenTeam members who graduated from Eureka Springs High School also agreed to be Club mentors.

The Club's first activity was a successful one. It formed a rookie Robotics Team, called "EastBots", participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition in St. Louis, Missouri, last December 2007, and won the Winning Alliance Award, with two other robotics teams from Arkansas and Texas.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams is a national grants initiative to foster inventiveness among high school students. This is the second grant the InvenTeams Program has awarded the Inventors Club. The Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA) is a non-union, professional education association. ASTA is a state affiliate of the Association of American Educators (AAE), which was established to serve as a national advocate for educators. The Eureka Springs Rotary Club also previously funded the Inventors Club. Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders, united worldwide, dedicated to humanitarian service, ethical standards in business, and the professions.

EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) students are encouraged to use advanced technologies to develop service-based projects that solve community problems. To learn about more about the EAST Lab and the proposed Carroll County Inventors Club, please contact EAST facilitator Mila Lynne Floro-Powell at (479) 253-2936 or (479) 253-8875.

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