Do you want to invigorate your STEM classroom and inspire your students while preparing them for future jobs with STEM skills and knowledge? Do you want to experience first-hand what it is like to work in a local business or industry that utilizes the STEM skills you teach in your classroom?

This summer, the newly remodeled UA Little Rock STRIVE Program ( is designed to work with Arkansas STEM businesses and 7-12th grade STEM teachers to improve student awareness of and preparation for future STEM jobs in the State. Lasting five weeks, four of the weeks will involve being in the workplace for this summer; think of it as an inspiring “internship” for teachers. We are now recruiting teachers from across the state to participate this summer.

One the goals of the STRIVE program is to work with teachers in underserved schools. Hence we are specifically recruiting teachers from and businesses within a breadth of communities across the entire state of Arkansas.

Although we plan to be very flexible in our framework for the teacher placement to maximize benefit for all parties involved, below is a summary of the core components of the UALR STRIVE Program.

*   Application & Selection
*   Teachers in STEM disciplines from across the state will apply to be part of the program
*   Application includes the skills and background you have, and what you hope to get out of the placement.
*   Business partners will review teacher applications and will interview their top candidates before making an offer for placement
*   Placement details will be agreed upon by teachers and their respective businesses (dates, placement responsibilities and deliverables, mentor, etc.)
*   Placement starts June 3rd or before, depending on school schedules.
*   Training & Timing
*   Teachers will spend June 4th & 5th with UALR STEM Education Center to frame summer placement activities in relation to impacting their students’ awareness of jobs in STEM and skills required for STEM jobs while still achieving teaching standards.
*   Led by Keith Harris and Sandra Leiterman, ADE Science and Math specialists.
*   Teacher deliverables by the end of the program will include a series of lesson plans or unit that will be implemented in their STEM classroom.
*   Program lasts 5 weeks, placement is approximately 4 of those weeks
*   Teachers are paid by STRIVE for the number of hours they participate.
*   Maximum stipend for teachers is $750/week.
*   Additional funds will be available for the purchase of supplies for the implementation of lesson plans and/or unit.
*   10% of your time at the placement will be reserved for working on your lesson plans/unit.
*   Businesses will create opportunity for you to shadow minimum of 3 more careers during your placement, to increase visibility of variety of jobs available.
*   Teachers spend July 8th & 9th at the UALR STEM Education Center to continue to develop or to wrap up their lesson plans/unit.
*   Creating Community Connection
*   Continued interaction between teachers, their classrooms, and businesses will be facilitated during fall semester

If you are interested in our newly remodeled program for Summer 2019, please visit the STRIVE website,, where you can find more information and the opportunity to apply.

Below is a link for information on the ACS Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant. The grant can award up to $1500.  The deadline is April 14.  Please pass on to any teachers who may be interested.

Digital Leadership & Learning Institute

The Arkansas STEM Coalition invites you to attend the Digital Leadership & Learning Institute presented by Eric Sheninger, on Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Clinton Presidential Library, Grand Hall, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR  72201.  Lunch and materials are included.  Be sure to Bring You Own Devise (BYOD).  The registration link can be found at and the registration fee is $100.

The Arkansas STEM Coalition is dedicated to furthering STEM conceptual development and digital learning for students throughout the state.  Leaders at both the state, district and school levels are key orchestrators for developing meaningful learning experiences for students.  The STEM Coalition is bringing Eric Sheninger to Little Rock with the aim of offering practical, real-world applications of digital leadership.  Whether a school or district is new to the digital conversation and just beginning technology integration efforts or is more seasoned and looking for new ways to further entrench digital learning, Eric’s message will resonate and offer key ideas and inspiration.

Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education, is an internationally-renowned thought leader for digital leadership and learning. Engaging with technology and becoming an active participant in the digital conversation is a central tenet of his call to administrators at every school and district level.

Digital Portable Planetarium Showcase
5-8 pm, Friday, April 13, 2018

You are invited to join us at the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Avenue in Little Rock on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Please help us kick-off an effort to acquire a new portable planetarium for the Central Arkansas area. The live event is organized by partners: the Arkansas STEM Coalition, Central Arkansas Astronomical Society (CAAS), and the Museum of Discovery. A representative from Digitalis will give live demonstrations.

Registration is free and open to teachers and others who support STEM Education. Please register at for an exciting and star-charged evening exploring the universe. Attendance is limited-adults only please. Professional development credit available.

Feel free to forward this invitation to K-12 and university educators and others who may be interested in finding a way to bring the universe closer to Earth.


When: Friday, May 18, 2018 from 11am to 1pm
Where: University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College Campus Center Grand Hall B, 3000 W Scenic Dr., North Little Rock, AR 72118

Registration in the Foyer outside Grand Hall A/B
Registration fee: $25 if invoiced or payment is received before May 17, 2018, cost is $30 on March 18 at the door.

You may prepay with a credit card, by mailing a check or requesting an invoice. Details are available on the registration form

Come learn about the latest in STEM activities in the state at the Spring Quarterly Meeting. The most up-to-date agenda is here:

Each summer EIT hosts a variety of residential summer programs. These programs are aimed to increase the number of students earning STEM degrees in Arkansas through exposure to hands-on projects, off campus excursions, and interaction with industry. In addition, each program includes counseling and advising sessions to assist students in preparing for college. The programs feature academic and lab sessions on various STEM disciplines.


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For information on how to register contact the specific STEM Center’s director