Eureka Springs Robotics Team Receives Grants

   

Eureka Springs Robotics Team Receives Grants
8/9/2013 3:11:05 PM

The Eureka Springs Robotics Team has received 2 grants to help prepare for the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Regional tournaments.

The Eureka Springs High School Robotics Team, EastBots (Team #67), while preparing for its participation in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Regional tournaments, received separate $150.00 grants from FIRST sponsor Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) and from the University of Texas (Arlington). These grants will help the EastBots Team's build a robot, prepare, travel and compete in regional tournaments.

The EastBots Team is made up of high school and middle school students from the Eureka Springs High School and the Academy of Excellence. The Team is actively recruiting mentors who are willing to volunteer time to work with students learn computer design and construction, programming, and engineering notebooks. The Team is also eager to meet with individuals, businesses and organizations who wish to sponsor the Team's efforts.

The Robotics Team is part of the Carroll County Inventors Club, which was created by the Eureka Springs High School EAST Program to promote and develop math, science and invention skills among our County's youth. The Club's main goal is to encourage young students to pursue invention projects, math and science careers that can contribute to increasing the United States' role in the world's science arena. The Inventors Club was initially funded by the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program, the Eureka Springs Rotary Club, the Carroll County Community Foundation and the Arkansas State Teachers Association.

Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), one of the world's largest and fastest-growing software companies, delivers a complete portfolio of Integral Product Lifecycle Management solutions in the Industrial, High Tech, Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Consumer and Medical Device industries. To design their robot, the EastBots Team is using PTC's Pro/Engineer, a 3D Computer-Aided Design, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Computer-Aided Engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) software.

The University of Texas (Arlington) will host the Southwest FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament on February 27, 2010, and awarded the EastBots Team with a reduced Tournament registration fee. The EastBots' designers and programmers are feverishly working to be ready for the tournament.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) strives to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

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. It has helped individuals and organizations establish 22 permanent endowment funds with assets totaling more than a $1 million. 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.

The EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Program encourages students to use high-end technologies to develop and implement service-based community projects. While working on these community projects, students develop technological skills in self-directed learning, teamwork, problem solving, communication, research and evaluatirmation about the EAST Program and how you can help the EastBots, please contact EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro at (479) 253-2936 or (479) 253-8875.

Photo 1: The mechanical designers of the Robotics Team, EastBots, use PTC Pro/Engineer CAD software to design a robot for their FIRST Regional Tournament. The Team is actively recruiting mentors who are willing to volunteer time to work with students learn computer design and construction, programming, and engineering notebooks. The Team is also eager to meet with individuals, businesses and organizations who wish to sponsor the Team's efforts in building, preparing and traveling to Tournaments. The Robotics Team is part of the Carroll County Inventors Club, which was created by the Eureka Springs High School EAST Program to promote and develop math, science and invention skills among our County's youth. From left: Design Team Leader Tillian shows Academy of Excellence Middle School student Scott how to use Pro/Engineer, while the rest of the designers Langley, Val and George work on their robot sections. Seen with her back to the camera is Kenya, in charge of the Team's Engineering Notebook. Not seen in photo are all the Team programmers.

 

 

Photo 2: The Eureka Springs High School Robotics Team, EastBots (Team #67), while preparing for its participation in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Regional tournaments, received separate $150.00 grants from FIRST sponsor Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) and from the University of Texas (Arlington). These grants will help the EastBots Team's build a robot, prepare, travel and compete in regional tournaments. The Team is actively recruiting mentors who are willing to volunteer time to work with students learn computer design and construction, programming, and engineering notebooks. The Team is also eager to meet with individuals, businesses and organizations who wish to sponsor the Team's efforts. Back row (from left): George, Val, Kenya, Byron and Scott. Back row (from left): Langley, James, Ben, Travis, Dakota and Tillian. 

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