Eureka Springs EAST Receives CCCF YAC Grant for Inventors Club


Eureka Springs EAST Receives CCCF YAC Grant for Inventors Club
8/14/2013 4:38:47 PM

Grant will purchase math and science kits, helping students develop those skills to serve the community.

The Carroll County Inventors Club, created by the Eureka Springs High School EAST Program for youth interested in math and science careers, received a $500 grant from the Carroll County Community Foundation, Youth Advisory Council. The CCCF YAC grant will be used to purchase math and science kits, which members will use to learn from and design service-based community projects. The Inventors Club, designed to promote math and science awareness and develop invention, math and science skills, is open to middle school and high school students in Carroll County.

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 Program while EAST students were working on its 2005 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam project, a blood pressure monitoring wristband device for the young.

The Carroll County Community Foundation (CCCF) has helped individuals and organizations establish 22 permanent endowment funds with assets totaling more than a $1 million. The Foundation 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. YAC teens are from many parts of Carroll County and work with adult leaders. They learn about needs and opportunities in the county and observe philanthropy first hand.

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, that is dedicated to humanitarian service, ethical standards in business, and the professions. The Eureka Springs Rotary Club and the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program provided the first round of funding for the Inventors Club. 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.

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.

EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) students are encouraged to use advanced technologies to develop service-based projects that solve community problems.

To learn about more about how you can support the EAST Program and the Carroll County Inventors Club, please contact EAST facilitator Mila Lynne Floro at (479) 253-2936 or (479) 253-8875.


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Photo:  Seen receiving a check from CCCF YAC member Byron are EAST students Ben, Tillian, Kenya and James.




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