Robots and Inventions Rule at Eureka Springs EAST Night Out


Robots and Inventions Rule at Eureka Springs EAST Night Out
8/14/2013 4:37:38 PM

Students demonstrate LifeCane invention and EASTBot.

Ever wondered how to invent a life-saving walking cane? Ever wondered how a robot runs? You would have found answers at “EAST Night Out”, an event hosted by the Eureka Springs High School EAST Program. The evening featured EAST students from the MIT-Lemelson InvenTeam and Robotics Team, both under the Carroll County Inventors Club. Attended by family members and friends, EastBots and InvenTeam mentors, community residents and leaders, the students, from Grades 7 to 12, demonstrated the LifeCane and their EastBot robot. Also present were teachers, alumni, and School Board members.

The Eureka Springs EAST Program was recently awarded a grant from the MIT-Lemelson InvenTeam Program to invent an emergency alert device for the injured, lost or missing. The students are scheduled to present their working prototype at MIT in June 2011. Meanwhile, the Robotics Team has a FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Tournament in Missouri in January.

A refreshments table was filled with savory delights from EastBots and InvenTeam mothers.

As explained by EAST Program Facilitator, EastBots Coach and MIT InvenTeam Excite Awardee, Mila Lynne Floro, “We invite inventors, math and science professionals to attend our weekly meetings as we build our robot. The Team is eager for technical advice. We also need assistance in raising funds for both Teams. We have been actively searching for sponsors, donors and mentors.” Raffle tickets were sold for an iPod touch.

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.

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.

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. 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 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 evaluation.

For more information about the EAST Program and how you can help the Teams reach their destinations, please contact EAST facilitator Mila Lynne Floro at



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