Eureka Springs Robotics Team Wins PTC Design Award

   

Eureka Springs Robotics Team Wins PTC Design Award
3/8/2010 10:13:58 AM

EastBots received the prestigious PTC Design Award during the recently held Southwest FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament held at the University of Texas (Arlington).

The Eureka Springs Robotics Team, EastBots, received the prestigious PTC Design Award during the recently held Southwest FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament held at the University of Texas (Arlington). The Tournament hosted 21 robotics teams from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Norway.

The PTC Design Award is given to the team that incorporates industrial design elements in their robot design. The EastBots robot was recognized for its aesthetic and functional design. The Award is sponsored by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), developers of CAD tools and Pro/Engineer, the design software that was given to all student robotic teams. PTC is one of the world's largest and fastest-growing software companies.

The one-day tournament tested the abilities and skills of students and their robots. The EastBots Team was made up of Eureka Springs High School EAST students Kenya, George, Tillian, Travis; Academy of Excellence student Langley, and Clear Spring School student Scott. Members of the Team who were not able to attend were EAST students Benjamin, Byron and James.

The EastBots Team faced numerous software issues. In the spirit of Gracious Professionalism which is FIRST's main theme, many other teams came to help. EastBots owes much to the Junior Bomb Squad from Mt. Home Junior High School and their Coach Andy Martz who took the time to 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 affiliate 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 Program and how you can support the Carroll County Inventors Club and Robotics Team, please email EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro at mlfloro@es.k12.ar.us, or, call (479) 253-2936.

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Photo (EastBotsTeam): The Eureka Springs EastBots Robotics Team show off their robot as they participated in the Southwest FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament held at the University of Texas (Arlington). The Team's robot received the PTC Design Award, given to the robot with the best aesthetic and functional design. From left (kneeling): Eureka Springs High School EAST students Kenya, Tillian, Clear Spring School student Scott and EAST student George. From left (back row): Eureka Springs EAST students Travis, Dakota and Academy of Excellence student Langley. Other EastBotsTeam members not in the photo were EAST students Benjamin, Byron and James.

Photo (PTC Award): The Eureka Springs EastBots Robotics Team receives the PTC Design Award for their robot's aesthetic and functional design, during the Southwest FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament held at the University of Texas (Arlington). Receiving the Award from Lynn Peterson, Professor and Senior Associate Dean of Engineering, and Carter Tiernan, Assistant Dean, Senior Lecturer, and Director of Outreach (at the podium) are Eureka Springs High School EAST students (from left, kneeling) George, Clear Spring School student Scott and EAST student Kenya. From left (standing): Eureka Springs EAST students Dakota, Tillian, Academy of Excellence Langley, EAST student Travis, and EAST Program Facilitator and EastBots Coach Mila Lynne Floro. Other EastBotsTeam members not in the photo were EAST students Benjamin, Byron and James.

 

 

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