Eureka Springs Robotics Team Going to World Championship

   

Eureka Springs Robotics Team Going to World Championship
8/9/2013 3:42:25 PM

In another exciting and amazing chapter to the Eureka Springs Robotics Team’s Cinderella story, the EastBots Team was chosen to attend the 2008 FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, April 16 to 19, 2008. The Team’s selection was the result of being part of the Winning Alliance at the FIRST Tech Challenge.

 

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

Eureka Springs Robotics Team Going to World Championship

Click to enlargeIn another exciting and amazing chapter to the Eureka Springs Robotics Team’s Cinderella story, the EastBots Team was chosen to attend the 2008 FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, April 16 to 19, 2008. The Team’s selection was the result of being part of the Winning Alliance at the FIRST Tech Challenge St. Louis Regional Site Tournament, last December 2007.

This rookie team, which only started building its robot in October 2007, is made up of Eureka Springs High School EAST students Luke Dodrill (Team Leader), Marianna Oliveira (exchange student from Brazil), Santiago Ortiz-Fernandez (Mechanics Leader), Dakota Pouncey (Engineering Notebook Leader), James Weaver (Motion), Benjamin Windle (Programming Leader), and Academy of Excellence student Langley Wolfinbarger (Sensors).

The FIRST World Championship will have three simultaneous competitions: FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship and FIRST LEGO League World Festival. Over 10,000 students from over 20 countries, and their 520 robots will be competing in 6 playing fields at the Georgia Dome and will be filling over 250,000 square feet in the Georgia World Congress Center. The World Championship is just one of the many fantastic opportunities for these students. For 2008 there are already 90 colleges and universities, professional associations, and corporations from the United States and Canada providing 450 individual scholarship opportunities, valued at nearly $9 million, to FIRST high school students.

The Robotics Team is part of the Carroll County Inventors Club that was created by the Eureka Springs EAST Lab. About 74% of the County’s residents have high school diplomas, and only 14% have college degrees. Since there is very limited knowledge of the benefits and opportunities of math and science careers in the County, the Inventors Club was created in 2007 to provide an excellent venue to develop math and science awareness and a culture of invention among the youth in Carroll County. University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) engineering professors, local and national engineers, and engineering college students have agreed to mentor the Club. The entire FIRST Tech Challenge robotics experience clearly demonstrated that a small rural Arkansas high school could provide invaluable lessons to young students eager to learn more about math and science. Funding for the Carroll County Inventors Club was made possible with grants from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program, the E!ureka Springs Rotary Club and the Carroll County Community Foundation (Youth Advisory Council).

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) began in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. The not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

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 Carroll County Community Foundation (CCCF) makes grants to help improve the quality of life in our community. The Youth Advisory Council of 12 members annually review applications and grant awards to projects for children and youth. The EAST Lab is an elective high school class that encourages students to use high-end technologies to design and solve community problems.

An earnest appeal is being made to the residents of Eureka Springs and Carroll County to help the EastBots Team prepare for this awesome adventure. The Team is looking for and will greatly appreciate any financial support that will allow all its Team members to go to Atlanta. To learn more about the EAST Lab and how you can help the EastBots Team, please email EAST facilitator and EastBots Mentor, Mila Lynne Floro, at mlpowell@es.k12.ar.us, or, call (479) 253-2936.

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Photo 1 (Official group, Mar 2008): In another exciting and amazing chapter to the Eureka Springs Robotics Team’s Cinderella story, the EastBots Team was informed that it was chosen to attend the 2008 FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, April 16 to 19, 2008. The Team’s selection was the result of being part of the Winning Alliance at the FIRST Tech Challenge St. Louis Regional Site Tournament, last December 2007. This rookie team, which only started building its robot in October 2007, is made up of Eureka Springs High School EAST students (front row): Dakota Pouncey (Engineering Notebook Leader), Marianna Oliveira (EF exchange student from Brazil), Academy of Excellence student Langley Wolfinbarger (Sensors), and EAST student Santiago Ortiz-Fernandez (Mechanics Leader). (Back row): EAST students Luke Dodrill (Team Leader), James Weaver (Motion), and Benjamin Windle (Programming Leader).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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