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Posted Oct. 31, 2014

On Tuesday the Environmental and Spatial Technologies (EAST) programs of Stuttgart and DeWitt hosted EAST Night Out showcasing a number of projects they have worked on at the Grand Prairie Center.
As everyone entered Salon A at the Grand Prairie Center, a robot gave each person a treat to celebrate Halloween, which is Friday.
"The demonstrations are the shared projects of the future, the current and the past," Jonathan Watson, Stuttgart EAST facilitator, said.
Watson said he and his students had the past flooding project, which is moving into a new direction with a twist, redoing the emergency maps and finishing up the virtual tour of the Grand Prairie Center.
"We also have the robotics team, which is in the works, however, we didn't show it here at this demonstration," Watson added.
The video of lip syncing to a song, which was used during a survey to see if bullying was a problem in schools, was shown by project coordinator Tessah West, a student in the DeWitt EAST program.
"We took the information and found that 26 percent of students thought that bullying was a problem," Carol Anderson, DeWitt School District EAST facilitator, said.
Anderson added that the collaboration of the survey and the response of the students was to raise awareness of the bullying issue in schools and see if bullying was a vital issue.
"There were other projects that the students were involved in," Anderson said.
The projects include a bio-diesel issue with the mayor and all Alt.Consulting, working on a grant for the outdoor classroom, which features a butterfly garden, bird feeders and bird houses, Anderson said.
"We filmed homecoming and sold the CDs" Anderson said. "All proceeds from this will send students to the national FBLA convention in Washington D.C."
EAST Night Out is an annual event to allow the public and parents to see the projects that the students of the EAST programs in DeWitt and Stuttgart have been working on the past year.
The EAST program is an educational non-profit that oversees and trains a school program that is unique for offering students and teachers professional technology and software for use in a loosely-structured, self-driven environment.