Eureka Springs EAST receives CCCF YAC grant for Inventors Club

   

Eureka Springs EAST receives CCCF YAC grant for Inventors Club
8/9/2013 3:39:13 PM

The Carroll County Inventors Club, created by the Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab for youth interested in math and science careers, received a $1,000 grant from the Carroll County Community Foundation,

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Date: May 30, 2008
Contact: Mila Lynne Floro
Tel: (479) 253-2936
Email: mlpowell@es.k12.ar.us
Release: IMMEDIATELY

Eureka Springs EAST receives CCCF YAC grant for Inventors Club

Click to enlargeThe Carroll County Inventors Club, created by the Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab for youth interested in math and science careers, received a $1,000 grant from the Carroll County Community Foundation, Youth Advisory Council. The CCCF YAC grant will be used to purchase math and science kits, specifically Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science, which members will use to learn from and design service-based community projects. The Inventors Club, designed to promote math and science awareness and develop math and science skills, is open to middle school and high school students in Carroll County.

The Inventors Club was established in 2007 with grants from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program, the Eureka Springs Rotary Club, the Arkansas State Teachers Association, and the Carroll County Community Foundation, Youth Advisory Council. The Club was the brainchild of the Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab while EAST students were working on its 2005 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam project, a blood pressure monitoring wristband device for the young. The former Eureka Springs InvenTeam mentors (University of Arkansas engineering professors, local engineers, high school science teachers), former Eureka Springs InvenTeam members who have graduated, are Club mentors.

The Club's first project was to create a Robotics Team. Made up of inexperienced but eager students, the Team built a robot in October 2007 that made it all the way to the FIRST World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia last April 2008. The World Championship had over 10,000 students and 500 robots from 20 countries. Our Robotics Team, "EastBots", finished rank 16 in our Tech Challenge Franklin Division.

The Carroll County Community Foundation (CCCF) has helped individuals and organizations establish 22 permanent endowment funds with assets totaling more than a $1 million. The Foundation 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. YAC teens are from many parts of Carroll County and work with adult leaders. They learn about needs and opportunities in the county and observe philanthropy first hand.

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 Rotary Club and the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program provided the first round of funding for 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.

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 Carroll County Inventors Club, please contact EAST facilitator Mila Lynne Floro at (479) 253-2936 or (479) 253-8875.

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Photo (Inventors Club grant): The Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab received a $1,000 grant from the Carroll County Community Foundation, Youth Advisory Council, for the EAST Lab's Carroll County Inventors Club. The Inventors Club helps develop math and science skills and encourages an awareness of math and science careers among Carroll County middle school and high school students. Receiving the $1,000 check from CCCF YAC member Erin Goodyear are Inventors Club members James Weaver (Eureka Springs High School EAST student) and Langley Wolfinbarger (Academy of Excellence student). Erin is holding a Appreciation Certificate from the EAST Lab and Inventors Club.

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