Eureka Springs EAST Receives SWEPCO Grant for Robotics Team


Eureka Springs EAST Receives SWEPCO Grant for Robotics Team
8/9/2013 3:01:00 PM

Grant will allow team to participate in FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Tournaments.

Eureka Springs High School’s Robotics Team received a $2,000 grant from Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO). The Robotics Team was formed by the Carroll County Inventors Club, created by the Eureka Springs High School EAST Program for youth interested in math and science careers. The SWEPCO grant will be used to purchase robotics kits and supplies for the Robotics Team to participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Tournaments.

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 former Eureka Springs InvenTeam mentors (University of Arkansas engineering professors, local engineers, high school science teachers), former Eureka Springs InvenTeam members who have graduated, are Club mentors.

The Club’s first project was to create a Robotics Team, named “EastBots”. The Team started building robots in 2007 and has performed well in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics tournaments.

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, the Carroll County Inventors Club and Robotics Team, please contact EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro at (479) 253-2936 or (479) 253-8875.



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