Eureka Springs High School Receives MIT Grant

   

Eureka Springs High School Receives MIT Grant
8/12/2013 3:47:30 PM

The Eureka Springs High School, represented by its EAST Lab, was one of 18 high schools that recently received the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grant to invent an affordable and portable (wristband) health monitoring and warning device for young people who are at risk for high blood pressure.

 

The Eureka Springs High School, represented by its EAST Lab, was one of 18 high schools that recently received the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grant to invent an affordable and portable (wristband) health monitoring and warning device for young people who are at risk for high blood pressure. The prestigious panel of judges included educators and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Tufts University; representatives from industry; and MIT staff and alumni. The invention proposals came from public, private and technical magnet high schools from urban, suburban and rural communities across the United States. The Eureka Springs InvenTeam represents Arkansas in the South group.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams is a national grants initiative to foster inventiveness among high school students. InvenTeams composed of high school students, teachers and mentors are asked to collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention. Grants of up to $10,000 support each team's efforts. InvenTeams are encouraged to work with community partners, specifically the potential beneficiaries of their invention. EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) students are encouraged to use advanced technologies to develop service-based projects that solve community problems.

Members of the Eureka Springs InvenTeam are EAST students Kaleb Killion (Team Leader), Ezra Gill, Joseph Jones, Kate Murphy, Landon Wade and non-EAST students Andy Brown-Hebert, Marissa Sanchez and Jennifer Storch.

The Eureka Springs students will work with mentors who represent a wide spectrum of professionals and scientists from across the globe. From the Eureka Springs High School: Chemistry teacher George Remenar, Medical Professional Education teacher Lucy Imrie and EAST facilitator and InvenTeam Coordinator Mila Lynne Powell. From the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), College of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Program: Assistant Professor Dr. Mahendra Kavdia. From the business
sector: retired Chemical Engineer William Welter, Founder and President of Advanced Management Technologies. From the MIT Alumni: Arthur Powell (Class of 1948, retired Design Engineer, AAI Corporation), Dr. Sandhya Deo (Class of 1997, Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center), and the MIT Club of Dallas-Fort Worth. From the technical sector: Computer Scientist Dr. Cecilia Rodriquez (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC-Berkeley), Retired US Department of State Informatics Officer Paul Lane, Program Manager Ernesto Santos (SBC Communications, Inc), Dr. Luis Cruz (Philippine family medicine physician), Mechanical Engineer Williard Nott (Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Engineers Without Borders).

In June 2006, delegates from each InvenTeam will present their inventions during the InvenTeams Odyssey, a culminating event at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More information on the Lemelson-MIT Program can be found at http://web.mit.edu/invent/. For more information about the Eureka Springs EAST Lab and InvenTeam, please contact Mila Powell at 479-253-2936.

Photo attached: MIT InvenTeam meeting. Eureka Springs' students, High School teachers (Chemistry, Medical Professional Education and EAST) and retired engineering consultant Bill Welter use a cell phone and land phone to "conference" with the team's other mentors, Dr. Mahendra Kavdia (University of Arkansas assistant professor in Fayetteville, Arkansas) and Arthur Powell (MIT alum in Baltimore, Maryland).

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