EAST announces 2014 Beyond the Bell Grant Recipients


EAST announces 2014 Beyond the Bell Grant Recipients
6/5/2014 9:46:36 AM

The EAST Initiative and the Arkansas Department of Education award more than $94,000 in Beyond the Bell grants.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –The EAST Initiative, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education, is pleased to award more than $94,000 in funding among 15 EAST schools for educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) projects that will serve their communities outside normal classroom hours in the summer and fall.

The EAST “Beyond the Bell” grants program provides funds for service-learning projects that create an engaging environment for students, utilizing technology to support the math and science curriculum.

“The EAST Initiative is proud to support and encourage service projects that enable students to continue their learning when others are taking a break,” the EAST Initiative President and CEO Matt Dozier said. “These projects clearly demonstrate the capacity of EAST students to use sophisticated tools to make a difference in their local communities.”

This type of grant funding fills a critical gap in providing unique learning opportunities. “EAST students take on real-world projects that cannot always be completed inside the classroom, often requiring continued work outside the normal school day,” EAST Program Coordinator Erica Riley said. “The Beyond the Bell grants allow students to experience learning environments that would not otherwise be possible.”

 The EAST projects awarded 2014 Beyond the Bell grants are:

Batesville High School – Technology Boot Camp

Clinton High School – Clinton High School Farm

Dardanelle High School – STEM 3-D Building

Dover High School – Hiking Thru Habitats

Dumas High School – Apping Up Dumas

Fountain Lake High School – EAST Foundation Building: Outplan, Outperform, Outdo

Greenbrier High School – GHS EAST Drone Project

Helen Tyson Middle School – Showcasing Springdale: Touring Our City’s Most Historic Spots

Huntsville High School – Madison County Disaster Response Planning Project

JD Leftwich High School – 24/7 Restoration Collaborative

Lakeside High School – Video Book Technology Camp

Mountain View High School – Tech Time for Teachers

North Little Rock High School East Campus – EAST Camp IMAGE

Pottsville High School – App on Fire

Searcy High School – Cutting Across the Core

Click here to learn more about each project.

About the EAST Initiative

EAST is unlike any other model in modern education. It is a project-based, service-learning oriented program that provides students with high-end technology available in the most progressive fields in the world. At its heart, EAST is a coordinated effort to provide today’s students with an educational atmosphere that allows them to gain insight into their own abilities to acquire and use information, solve problems and gain valuable experience. Since its inception in 1996, the EAST model has expanded to over 200 schools in five states (Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania). For more information about the EAST Initiative, visit www.EASTinitiative.org.


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