The Little Rock School district is looking for judges for our 2019-20 elementary science fair. The fair will be held on Saturday, February 1st from 8:30 – 11:30 at Don Roberts Elementary on Cantrell Rd. This is a big event with over 140 projects that will need to be judged. We are asking you to consider judging some of these projects for us. Some of you all have done it in the past and it has been greatly appreciated!!

Also, if you work with graduate students, college students or AP high school students, please share this email with them. We are also asking that you share this with other employees or organizations that you work with. Is it so important that we have enough judges so that morning can run smoothly. If you are a teacher, please share with staff, parents or organizations that your school works with.

If interested, please click on the link below and complete the form. We can offer volunteer hours if need by your organization.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScudkVSG_UHU6gPOOztwZHANgEgbbTtITXc72eEuLUMPD7Pkw/viewform?usp=sf_link

It’s robotics season … and that means we need volunteers! We have TWO tournaments again this year, the first is the New Team Invitational- and also the VEXU Tournament. This is a smaller tournament, with just 3-40 teams, PLUS the university level competition (there will be around 250 total participants on campus)  Our very own UALR team will be competing, along with teams from Mississippi, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Mexico! The date for this one is Saturday, December 7th, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm with set-up on Friday, December 6th from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm on the basketball courts of the DSC.

All-day volunteers will be provided with free lunch! … Age requirements – field reset: 6th grade and up; all other age 16 and up.

Click here to volunteer for DECEMBER 6th or 7th.  (still need about 10 all day volunteers)
On Saturday, February 1st, we will host one of the largest regional competitions in the state! We will utilize both the DSC basketball courts AND the Field House. This competition will host nearly 100 teams, and nearly 750 people total participants on campus). The date for this one is Saturday, February 1st, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; with set-up Friday, January 31st, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
*Please share this with any students/student groups that need volunteer hours. We are happy to certify their hours for participation.
*All pre-tournament training is via online videos- at your convenience*
Thank you in advance. Each competition takes 50-75 volunteers – and we could not have a successful tournament without you!!

Nominations are open for open for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)!

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers. Recipients of the award receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, a paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, a certificate signed by the President of the United States, and an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

The 2019-20 PAEMST awards cycle is officially open for both nominations and applications at www.paemst.org. Teachers of grades K-6 who are employees of a public, charter, or private school that have five years of full-time employment as a teacher, and teach students at least 50% of the instructional time are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 1, 2020.

Nominations can be made by anyone – principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public. The following information is required to nominate a teacher: teacher’s name, email address, and school contact information.

  • Generate a nomination certificate here  PAEMST Nomination Certificate
  • Nominations end March 1, 2020
  • For more information and to nominate, please visit www.paemst.org. You may also contact the State Coordinators.

o    Veronica Hebard, Math State Coordinator, 501-682-0488, Veronica.Hebard@Arkansas.gov

o    Stephanie Johnson-Carlton, Science State Coordinator, 501-324-9684, Stephanie.Johnson-Carlton@Arkansas.gov

Please help us promote this year’s award cycle by distributing this information through your school’s social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). Feel free to change the text to better target specific audiences.

Nominate a Teacher

The Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ACTM) is now accepting applications for the new Kimberly Dawn Hughes Professional Development Grant.

This Professional Development (PD) Grant, named in honor of Kimberly Dawn Hughes, is intended to strengthen the quality of mathematics teaching in Arkansas. The grant provides $1000.00 financial assistance to Arkansas mathematics educators to travel to the  National Council  of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)  Annual Meeting and Exposition.

For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/PD-Grant-Tool. Deadline for grant submission is November 15th.

Good afternoon! It’s robotics season … and that means we need volunteers! We have TWO tournaments again this year, the first is the New Team Invitational- and also the VEXU Tournament. This is a smaller tournament, with just 3-40 teams, PLUS the university level competition (there will be around 250 total participants on campus)  Our very own UALR team will be competing, along with teams from Mississippi, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Mexico! The date for this one is Saturday, December 7th, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm with set-up on Friday, December 6th from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm on the basketball courts of the DSC.

All-day volunteers will be provided with free lunch! … Age requirements – field reset: 6th grade and up; all other age 16 and up.

On Saturday, February 1st, we will host one of the largest regional competitions in the state! We will utilize both the DSC basketball courts AND the Field House. This competition will host nearly 100 teams, and nearly 750 people total participants on campus). The date for this one is Saturday, February 1st, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; with set-up Friday, January 31st, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
*Please share this with any students/student groups that need volunteer hours. We are happy to certify their hours for participation.
*All pre-tournament training is via online videos- at your convenience*
Thank you in advance. Each competition takes 50-75 volunteers – and we could not have a successful tournament without you!!

Rogers, AR based eSCO uses proceeds from recycled electronics to donate refurbished computers

Students at Beebe Elementary School benefitted from a new twist on recycling on Monday, August 12th.  eSCO, a Rogers, AR based electronic waste processing and recycling company, presented 110 refurbished Chromebook laptops to Beebe Elementary School.

“We are extremely busy on the day before school starts,” said Principal Rob Rollins, “but we look forward to utilizing these Chromebooks and are excited about their impact.”

Accepting the computers with Principal Rollins were Beebe Schools IT staff Ryan Gentry and Preston Perry, as well as Support Services Administrative Assistant, Emily Mills.  It took a forklift to unload all the computers, so Jean Stark from the Facilities team was ready to help.

Dr. Suzanne Mitchell, Director of the Arkansas Stem Coalition, and John Miller, STEM Coalition Board Member (Dassault Falcon Jet—retired) coordinated the donation by identifying the need at Beebe Elementary.  Todd Stange and Joe Tucker delivered the units from eSCO’s facility in Little Rock.

eSCO’s STEM Initiative leverages revenue generated by the collection of obsolete electronics to help achieve computer literacy among Arkansas students.  Businesses can earmark their obsolete electronics—computers, servers, monitors, cables, etc.—and eSCO will process them in a secure, transparent, and environmentally responsible way.  In turn, 50% of the net commodity value is put toward providing devices refurbished and tested at the company’s facility in Rogers.  This model converts a problematic waste stream into current devices that will meet the IT specifications of any classroom or computer lab.

“We’re so glad the program is such a success so far,” said Tucker.  “Beebe Elementary plans to use these Chromebooks to serve the needs of very young students, and that’s exiting to us because it helps close the gap on achieving a one-to-one computer to student ratio.  Lots of Arkansas students still don’t have regular access to technology, and that’s simply not acceptable anymore.  We are excited to expand the STEM Initiative, and we gladly welcome new sponsors.”

Dr. Suzanne Mitchell, Executive Director of the Arkansas STEM Coalition, said that with the donation, eSCO’s STEM Initiative will have generated over two hundred computers for Arkansas students.

“The eSCO program allowed us to add over 40 laptops to our mobile sets.  Those devices are used in schools, after school, on Saturdays, and during the Summer to give students the opportunity to learn coding, to build computer science competency, and to introduce them to STEM careers.  Schools and community organizations can use our resources during the school day or to fill the gap in time that kids have outside of regular instructional hours.  Our STEM Centers and these laptops are a great resource for teachers and anyone who needs technology in their program,” said Mitchell.

Tucker said that achieving a one-to-one computer to student ratio is a very expensive proposition, and that eSCO is ready to help achieve this goal.  “We offer warrantied devices with the same specs as new machines, but at 1/3 the cost.  It’s exciting to partner with other corporations to reduce this cost to as close to zero as possible,” he said after the presentation.  “We all benefit from an Arkansas workforce that is prepared for tomorrow’s technology, so this is a win-win relationship between business and education.”  Tucker added that the partnership was inspired in part by Governor Asa Hutchinson’s dual initiatives for STEM programs in schools and public/private partnerships to enhance the quality of life for all Arkansans.  “Business and industry helping to provide computers to kids fits the Governor’s goals very well. Our company is proud to play our part.”

 

(Pictured left to right: Joe Tucker, Jean Stark, Todd Stange, Rob Rollins)

(Pictured, left to right: John Miller, Rob Rollins, Joe Tucker, Dr. Suzanne Mitchell)

 

(Pictured, left to right: Ryan Gentry, Preston Perry, Dr. Suzanne Mitchell, Joe Tucker, Rob Rollins, Todd Stange, John Miller)

 

For more information, visit:

www.escoprocessingandrecycling.com

www.beebebadgers.org/o/elementary

 

www.arkansasstemcoalition.com

High school math positions (2 – Algebra 1 and Math 180) available at McClellan High School. If interested, please visit https://lrsd.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx or contact Dr. Vanessa Cleaver,Vanessa.cleaver@lrsd.org for more information.

5th Grade Math Teacher position open in Eureka Springs Middle School. See link for details on how to apply or email the school principal, Cindy Holt, at cholt@es.k12.ar.us

CRITTENDEN COUNTY,, Ark. (KAIT) -Southland Casino Racing recently contributed to the growing field of STEM education.

According to a news release, Southland Casino Racing donated $5,220 to the Delta STEM Education Center at A-State on May 30 to support a coding development for ten teachers back on June 6.

Those ten teachers represent the Earle, Marion, and West Memphis school districts.

Director at A-State Delta STEM Center Allen Hays said the donation will help buy the tools they need for students.

“A-State Delta STEM is very grateful for the gift received from Southland Casino Racing,” Hays said. “This gift will allow Delta STEM to purchase materials for schools. These materials will help schools implement computer science into the everyday classroom.”

Associate Dean for the College of Education and Behavioral Science Dr. Lane Bryant said it’s support like this that opens opportunities up to students.

“The A-State College of Education and Behavioral Science and the Delta STEM is appreciative of this recent gift from Southland Casino that will provide and enhance further science opportunities for students that may not have otherwise been available,” Dr. Bryant said.

According to the release, the donation allows the teachers to implement the materials and curriculum needed for their classrooms without needing to purchase extra material.

This year’s challenge submission period begins JUNE 5 and runs through NOVEMBER 1.

The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that allows students to compete with each other by creating and exhibiting their software application for mobile, tablet, or computer devices of their choice.  This competition is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation the STEM fields.

Eligible participants can register and submit a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their application and what they learned through the competition at www.CongressionalAppChallege.us. Students can begin signing up and submitting apps on June 5.   The deadline for this year’s challenge is November 1.  The winning student’s application will be featured on the United States House of Representatives’ website, as well as on display in a United States Capitol exhibit.

I have attached a copy of this year’s flyer.  Please feel free to share with any students you feel may be interested in participating.