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Standing on the left first row: Ms. Danielle Harris (Club Scrub Coordinator)- Seated: Sasha Miller, Marleah Lewis, Robert Barnes, Imyne Smith, Dorris Miles-Wyatt, Maya Peoples, Carrington Jackson and Tianna Butler Standing on the right first row Mrs. Mattie Collins (Ivy Center for Education, President) Standing - Second row: Sean Perry, Ryan Madden, E'Layah Jones, Alexandria Evans, Kylee Monk, Sarah Gwin, Jessica Parker, and Ja'Mya Goodloe. Standing 3rd row: Danielle Scarborough, Sinex Herring, James Ento, Ivan Armour, Christopher Carlock, Dylan Parker, Bryan Madden and Kendol Greenwood. (Photographer - Mrs. Janette Spicer) (Social Media Support - Mrs. Damiccah Robertson)

We, the Ivy Center for Education Board of Directors are proud of each of you! Special KUDOS to our Seniors E'Layah Jones and Kennedi Scaife who stayed the course! Kennedi was absent due to receiving acalades and scholarships from her high school. 

Both E'Layah and Kennedi have recieved many scholarships. E'Layah Jones, a graduate of Pine Bluff High School will be attending the University of Central Arkansas at Conway and she plans to major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Business Management. Kennedi Scaife, a graduate of ESTEM High School will be attending Agnes Scott College at Decatur, GA and she plans to major in Neuroscience. 

Special Shout Out to our Sponsors: Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, UAMS South Central Campus, UAMS HBCU Med Track, Mr. Keenan Evans, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated the Delta Omega Omega Chapter, First Sisters Outreach Incorporated and WSW.Co

We also say thanks to State Representative Ken Ferguson and wife for their attendance at the Ceremony and for their love and financial support of the Ivy Center for Education, Incorporated.

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UAPB Professors Karl Walker (left) and Sederick Rice facilitate an AI discussion at the Ivy Center for Education Future Engineers Program workshop. (Special to The Commercial/Mary Hester-Clifton)

An introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) was the topic at February's Future Engineers Program hosted by the Ivy Center for Education.


Sederick Charles Rice and Karl Walker, professors at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, led the in-person and Zoom workshop for middle and high school students at The Generator in Pine Bluff.


The session introduced Data Science, "R" Programming Language, and AI to students, parents, and interested adults who were in attendance.


The AI discussion focused on how a person's five senses translate to artificial intelligence's ability to simulate human intelligence in machines programmed to think, learn and problem-solve like humans while reducing the fear of machines replacing humans, according to a news release.


Mariya Greer and Chandler Parker, Pine Bluff High School sophomores, participated in person.


"I was excited to learn about AI and how to program," Greer said.


Parker agreed.


"I learned how much AI relates to us and how we (humans) can teach AI," Parker said.


Students learned the importance of data science -- an interdisciplinary academic field that uses statistics, scientific computing, processes, and algorithms to analyze and create visuals from data sets -- as a field of study and career.


"It is always interesting to learn more about technology," said Bradlee Miller, a Pine Bluff Junior High School attendee.


Second to the introduction to AI was an interactive session on how AI is involved in flight engineering and space launch rocket systems.


The student groups opened and worked on Smithsonian Jet Works Science Kits and were introduced to Estes Journey Launch model rockets. The model rockets can fly as high as 1,100 feet.


Participants learned more about the phases of rocket flight, including liftoff, thrust, coast, ejection, parachute deploy and landing. The model rockets will be used in future adult-supervised launches in Pine Bluff Regional Park as part of an April Future Engineers Program session.


Mattie Collins, Ivy Center for Education Inc. president, thanked the UAPB faculty for engaging the community and students at all levels and ages in engineering fields and careers and thanked everyone for participating.


"The presentation on AI was exciting because now I know more about AI, and as a senior citizen, it removes some of the fears around AI. Every time I attend these workshops, I learn something new," Collins said.

Students in the Ivy Center for Education Future Engineers Program workshop included (from top) Mariya Greer and Chandler Parker, Pine Bluff High School sophomores; and Bradlee Miller, Pine Bluff Junior High School 7th grader. (Special to The Commercial/Mary Hester-Clifton)

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"Real Talk" was Awesome at the Generator on Main. Christopher Carlock presented a wonderful meditation before the workshops started. The Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha the Alpha Rho Chapter at UAPB and the Men of Alpha Phi Alpha the Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter were awesome! Both groups talked about making healthy decisions, peer pressure, conflict resolution and much more. The guys were also taught how to properly tie a necktie and were presented with the necktie as a gift from the Men of Alpha. 

Judge Earnest Brown was the key note speaker. He was GREAT!! He talked about his life and how he initially wanted to become a doctor until the age 11, but later chose to pursue a law degree. He talked about his wonderful family and his love for Pine Bluff and its youth. He talked about the importance of time management, the importance of students going to class and getting a good education. 

He shared with scholars and parents a STAR Guide to decisions: S -Stop T- Think A- Act R- Review Judge Brown encouraged the scholars not to waist their time. More Work over More Fun! He further stated “don’t ever think that you know everything, but to seek out wise counsel.” 

 Scholars who showed an interest in law tonight were Landon Rhodes, Carmello Wilson, and Debra Rauls. 

Other Scholars in attendance: Alexander Walters, Adam Price, Kendal Greenwood, Jalese Allen, Dylan Parker, SaSha Miller, and Sean Perry. Scholars on Zoom: Mariya Greer, Danielle Scarborough and Tiana Butler. Judge Brown currently serves both Jefferson and Lincoln Counties. Scholars interested in joining Teen Court where teens get to see real life cases should sign up at the Juvenile Building located on 2nd Street. Workshop Facilitators from AKA: Madison Powell, Janiya Fellows, Kennedy Stanley and Olivia Garrett. Workshop Facilitators from Alpha Phi Alpha: Brandun Flannigan, Judge Jackie Harris and Frank Dorsey. 

We were also happy to have very supportive parents in attendance!! 

Many thanks to Mrs. Ryles and Mr. Davis at the Generator. 

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