Brilliant Bus Tour Stops at Columbus State University
COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Estella’s Brilliant Bus made a stop at Columbus State University Saturday, July 16, where 100 middle school students from across the nation competed in an engineering activity sponsored by CSU’s UTeach and Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship programs.
Estella’s Brilliant Bus is a Florida-based mobile learning environment founded by Estella Pyfrom, who spent her entire life savings to purchase, equip and operate a bus that delivers technology to underserved children and delivers children to some of the nation’s most innovative centers.
Columbus State University was one of the first stops on Estella’s 2016 tour of top institutions for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Participants competed to design a container that safely transported an egg passenger to the ground from the top of CSU’s basketball arena.
“The bus tour is an outstanding program that has received national recognition, so we were excited that our students had the opportunity to interact with Mrs. Estella’s passengers and let them know about CSU’s outstanding opportunities for studying STEM related fields,” said Kenneth Jones, master teacher for CSU’s UTeach program. “It is especially exciting that our students had the opportunity to meet a visionary educator like Mrs. Estella Pyfrom."
Pyfrom was named a 2014 CNN Hero, presented by Sarah Silverman, and a recipient of Toyota’s 2014 Standing O-Vation Award, presented by Oprah. Her Brilliant Bus was featured in Microsoft’s 2015 Super Bowl ad. For more information about Estella’s Brilliant Bus, visit http://estellasbrilliantbus.org/.