Eureka Springs Robotics Team Returns From World Championship

   

Eureka Springs Robotics Team Returns From World Championship
8/9/2013 3:41:05 PM

The Eureka Springs Robotics Team performed well at the 2008 FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship held in Atlanta, Georgia, last April 16 to19, 2008. Their Tech Challenge Category had 88 team competitors from Singapore, Canada and the United States.

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Date: April 25, 2008
Contact: Mila Lynne Floro
Tel: (479) 253-2936
Email: mlpowell@es.k12.ar.us
Release: IMMEDIATELY

Eureka Springs Robotics Team Returns From World Championship

Click to enlargeThe Eureka Springs Robotics Team performed well at the 2008 FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship held in Atlanta, Georgia, last April 16 to19, 2008. Their Tech Challenge Category had 88 team competitors from Singapore, Canada and the United States. There were 2 divisions (Franklin and Edison) where the teams competed in elimination matches. The top team alliances of each division went on to the finals. At one point during the elimination matches, the EastBots team was in 32nd place. The EastBots ended the competition in 16th place in its Franklin Division. It was an exciting finish to a whirlwind season. As one parent claimed, "These kids were already winners before they got to Atlanta."

Click to enlargeThis rookie team was made up of Eureka Springs High School EAST students Luke Dodrill, Marianna Oliveira (EFF exchange student from Brazil), Santiago Ortiz-Fernandez, Dakota Pouncey, James Weaver, Benjamin Windle and Academy of Excellence student Langley Wolfinbarger. The team chaperones were Steve and Mary Jo Pouncey, Tiffany Windle, Gayla Wolfinbarger and EAST Facilitator and Robotics Team Mentor Mila Lynne Floro.

Click to enlargeThe Team members are grateful for all the generous support they received from their families, friends, local and state community donors that allowed them to compete in Atlanta: Amerigas Company, Bank of Eureka Springs, David and Linda Blackford, Suzette and Terry Bowen, Carroll County Electric Cooperative, Cranford Johnson Robinson and Woods, Leon and Debbie Duncan, Educational Foundation for Foreign Study, Eureka Springs Rotary Club, Bruce Foster, Four Corners Frame Shop, Fred's, Charles Frederick, Carol Friesen, Linda Graves, IEEE-Ozark Sector, Kerusso, Barb Kuhn, Twyla Pease, Sew in Heaven, SunFest Market, The Sewing Studio, Tummy Ticklers Culinary Specialties, Rusty and Tiffany Windle.

Click to enlargeThe FIRST World Championship had 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 competed at the Georgia Dome. There were workshops, training sessions, and College and University information booths. At present, there are 108 colleges and universities, professional associations, and corporations from the United States and Canada providing 550 individual scholarship opportunities, valued at over $9.8 million, to FIRST high school students. The 3-day Championship ended with an evening of dinner, Carnival rides, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display.

Click to enlargeThe Robotics Team is part of the Carroll County Inventors Club that was created by the Eureka Springs High School 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 Pr!
ogram, the Eureka Springs Rotary Club, the Carroll County Community Foundation (Youth Advisory Council) and the Arkansas State Teachers Association.

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. ASTA is a state affiliate of the Association of American Educators (AAE), which was established to serve as a national advocate for educators.

The EAST Lab is an elective high school class that encourages students to use high-end technologies to design and solve community problems. To learn more about the EAST Lab, 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 (Team): The Eureka Springs Robotics Team performed well at the 2008 FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship held in Atlanta, Georgia, last April 16 to19, 2008. Their Tech Challenge Category had 88 team competitors from Singapore, Canada and United States. There were 2 divisions (Franklin and Edison) within the Tech Challenge Category wherein the teams competed in elimination matches. At one point, the EastBots team was in 32nd place in its Franklin Division. The EastBots ended the competition in 16th place in its Division. It was an exciting finish to a whirlwind season. This rookie team was made up of Eureka Springs High School EAST students and a 6th grader from the Academy of Excellence. From left: James Weaver, Santiago Ortiz-Fernandez, Luke Dodrill, Langley Wolfinbarger, Dakota Pouncey, Benjamin Windle and Marianna Oliveira.

Photo 2 (Inspection): The Eureka Springs EastBots robot is inspected at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. The robot had to be at least 18" x 18" x 18", made up of approved Vex parts and had to be correctly programmed. Presenting the robot for inspection are Eureka Springs High School EAST students Santiago Ortiz-Fernandez, Luke Dodrill, Benjamin Windle and Academy of Excellence student Langley Wolfinbarger. The EastBots ended the competition in 16th place within their Franklin division.

Photo 3 (Judging): The Eureka Springs EastBots robot is shown to judges at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. The EastBots team answered judges' questions that included explaining their robot's design and strategy, their Engineering Notebook, and history of the robotics team. The EastBots ended the competition in 16th place within their Franklin division.

Photo 4 (Match): The Eureka Springs EastBots team is shown getting ready for an elimination match at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. Participating in this match are Eureka Springs EAST students Benjamin Windle, Mariana Oliveira and James Weaver. The EastBots ended the competition in 16th place within their Franklin division.

Photo 5 (Bill Nott): The Eureka Springs EastBots team met with FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) judge Bill Nott to discuss other FIRST opportunities. Mr. Nott is also one of the mentors for the Carroll County Inventors Club, which funded the creation of the Eureka Springs Robotics Team. Shown with Mr. Nott (from left, back row): Eureka Springs High School EAST students James Weaver, Dakota Pouncey, Luke Dodrill, Santiago Ortiz-Fernandez, Benjamin Windle and Mariana Oliveira. (Front row): Academy of Excellence student Langley Wolfinbarger and tor and Robotics Team Mentor, Mila Lynne Floro. The EastBots ended the competition in 16th place within their division. It was an exciting finish to a whirlwind season.

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