Eureka Springs Robotics Team Finishes in the Final Four

   

Eureka Springs Robotics Team Finishes in the Final Four
8/9/2013 3:30:39 PM

It was a long, action-packed weekend for the Eureka Springs High School EAST students who participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge St. Louis Regional Tournament, last December 6, 2008, at the St. Louis Community College.

It was a long, action-packed weekend for the Eureka Springs High School EAST students who participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge St. Louis Regional Tournament, last December 6, 2008, at the St. Louis Community College. The Robotics Team, aptly named EastBots, and its Alliance partners reached the Semifinal round (or as someone described, The Final Four). Our 5th seeded Alliance was one game away from reaching the Finals before being eliminated by the 1st seeded Alliance.

The one-day tournament had 30 teams from Missouri, Iowa and Arkansas, who competed in events that tested the abilities and skills of students and their robots. EastBots, the only team from Arkansas, was made up of Eureka Springs High School EAST students Douglas Harrison, Tillian Jones, Dakota Pouncey, Joshua Sharp, Benjamin Windle and James Weaver, and Academy of Excellence student Langley Wolfinbarger. Members of the Team who were not able to attend were Carolina Freitas and Alta Johnson.

While preparing for the Tournament, the Team ran out of time and robot parts. In the spirit of Gracious Professionalism which is FIRST's main theme, Team 288 (Spare Parts) from Gateway High School very generously lent parts for EastBots to complete our robot. In sincere appreciation, EastBots parents prepared a gift basket which was given to Team 288 members at the St. Louis Tournament.

In another demonstration of Gracious Professionalism, EastBots' Winning Alliance Captain in last year's FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament, the Junior Bomb Squad from Mt. Home Junior High School, shared their playing field and allowed the Team to practice their robot last November. Junior Bomb Squad Coach Andy Martz also took the time to review the EastBots' robot and provide advice and suggestions.

The Robotics Team is part of the Carroll County Inventors Club that was created by the Eureka Springs EAST Program. 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 that would 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.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded 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.

Funding for the Carroll County Inventors Club was made possible 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).

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 Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA) is a non-union, professional education association. ASTA is a state affi liate of the Association of American Educators (AAE), which was established to serve as a national advocate for educators. 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 Program is an elective high school class that encourages students to use high-end technologies to solve community problems. To learn more about the EAST Lab and how you can support the Carroll County Inventors Club and Robotics Team, please email EAST facilitator Mila Lynne Floro at mlfloro@es.k12.ar.us, or, call (479) 253-2936.

 


The Eureka Springs EastBots Robotics Team participated in the St. Louis FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Tournament and finished in the Semifinals. From left (kneeling): Eureka Springs EAST students Tillian and Douglas, Academy of Excellence student Langley. From left (back row): Eureka Springs EAST students Benjamin, Joshua, James and Dakota, EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro. Other EastBotsTeam members not in the photo were Carolina and Alta.

 

 The Eureka Springs EastBots Robotics Team is seen with members of the Spare Parts (Team 288) Robotics Team from Gateway High School during the St. Louis FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament. Team 288 lent the EastBots Team robot parts and supplies. In sincere appreciation, EastBots parents prepared a gift basket which was given to Team 288 at the St. Louis Tournament.

 

  The Eureka Springs EastBots Robotics Team is seen with members of the Junior Bomb Squad from Mt. Home Junior High School, who shared their playing field and allowed EastBots to practice their robot. Junior Bomb Squad Coach Andy Martz also took the time to review the EastBots' robot and provide advice and suggestions. The Junior Bomb Squad was the EastBots' Winning Alliance Captain in last year's FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament.

 

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