Eureka Springs EAST Program Receives Wal-Mart Foundation Grant

   

Eureka Springs EAST Program Receives Wal-Mart Foundation Grant
8/9/2013 3:30:50 PM

The Carroll County Community Technology Center and the Carroll County Inventors Club each recently received a $500 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation.

The Carroll County Community Technology Center and the Carroll County Inventors Club each recently received a $500 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The Eureka Springs High School EAST Program created both the Technology Center and the Inventors Club to serve the residents of Carroll County.

The Technology Center offers free basic computer classes to parents, local skilled and unskilled work force, emergency personnel, city personnel, small business owners and workers, and retirees. The grant will be used to purchase supplies for the computer classes. The Center has offered the County's residents computer classes that include word processing, spreadsheet, PowerPoint, desktop publishing and video production. EAST students created the manuals and help teach the classes.

The Inventors Club was designed to promote math and science awareness and develop math and science skills among the County's youth, and is open to middle school and high school students. The grant will be used to purchase learning science kits. The Club established a Robotics Team, "EastBots", which was part of a Winning Alliance that qualified for the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia last April 2008.

Eureka Springs High School EAST student Brandon received the $500 donation for the Technology Center, while Robotics Team member Langley received the $500 donation for the Inventors Club. About the same time that we were informed of Wal-Mart's donation, the EAST Program was hosting a team of Japanese teachers (Keido Saito and Akiko Hori) and students (Hitoshi and Hiroaki) from Wakayama Prefecture Kainan High School. Both the EAST Program and Kainan High School were partners under the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program. As a treat, these special guests accompanied the students to the Wal-Mart Store (# 0076) in Berryville to receive the Wal-Mart Foundation donation. It was the first time the Japanese team had been to a Wal-Mart Store. They were amazed and impressed.

In addition to the Wal-Mart Foundation, the Carroll County Technology Center has received technical advice and financial support from the Arkansas Department of Education, Arvest Bank, Bank of Eureka Springs, Carroll County Community Foundation, Community First Bank, EAST Initiative, Eureka Springs Police Department, Eureka Springs School District, First National Bank of Berryville, Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation, Elise and Martin Roenigk.

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 Wal-Mart Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to giving and doing whatever can be done to help improve the quality of life for Wal-Mart's customers in local communities, address environmental issues and promote education. Funds are granted to assist organizations and programs that improve the quality of life in local communities.
The EAST Lab is an elective high school class that encourages students to use high-end technologies to solve community problems. To learn more about EAST and how you can help support the Carroll County Technology Center and the Carroll County Inventors Club, please contact EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro at (479) 253-2936 or (479) 253-8875.

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