The University of Arkansas College of Engineering is offering Engineering Summer Camps for students in 1st through 11th grade. These camps include everything from a FIRST® LEGO® League, Jr. camp for the youngest students to the immersive Engineering Summer Academy experience for high school students. In addition to camps on the UA campus, programs for 5th – 8th graders are also offered in Batesville, Bentonville, Blytheville, and Camden.
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The 2017 NWA TechFest is coming up on Thursday, May 18th.
NWA TechFest is a technology conference that brings together the tech community to learn from and interact with one another, as well as promoting gender diversity in STEM, economic development opportunities for corporations, and education programs for students and teachers.
Proceeds from this conference go to assist STEM-related initiatives in the Northwest Arkansas community. This year we have committed to working with Boys and Girls Club in Fayetteville in upgrading their computer lab and supporting their teen outreach initiative.
Attendance to this event is very reasonably priced – only $20! Students get in free with an unexpired student ID presented at registration. The sessions are educational and meant to enlighten attendees who can then utilize that information in real world applications. Buy/reserve tickets on Eventbrite now!
The Arkansas STEM Coalition is once again participating in the statewide ArkansasGives campaign.
WHAT IS ARKANSASGIVES?
• On April 6, let’s join together to grow the love for our state’s nonprofit organizations. Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., we’re challenging all Arkansans to give to the charities of their choice. During this one-day event, each donation you give will help your favorite nonprofit organizations earn bonus dollars and prizes from Arkansas Community Foundation; the more a nonprofit raises, the more of the bonus dollars it will receive.
• Dozens of Arkansas charities will participate, and you can choose to give to the causes that mean the most to you. Imagine the impact of our entire state giving together! ArkansasGives is one day, one easy way to make your charitable dollars stretch farther and shower your favorite nonprofits with support. Good things are happening in Arkansas, and you can help grow the love!
WHY GIVE ON ARKANSASGIVES DAY?
• You can get more bang for your charitable buck on ArkansasGives Day. During this one-day event, each dollar you give will help the Arkansas STEM Coalition qualify for additional bonus dollars and prizes from Arkansas Community Foundation. Your gift can have an extra impact when you give on April 6!
• Your gift helps us win additional cash prizes. ArkansasGives is a celebration of giving, but it’s also a friendly competition among nonprofit organizations. Prizes will be awarded to the organizations that receive the most dollars overall and the most individual contributions.
Throughout the day, we’ll be able to track our progress on the leaderboard at ArkansasGives.org. Because we know you care about our mission, we hope you’ll show your support on this day when the eyes of our entire state will be focused on charitable needs.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
You are vital to our success on ArkansasGives Day! Here’s how you can support our mission:
• Go to ArkansasGives.org to make a gift to the Arkansas STEM Coalition between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on April 6. You’ll be able to search for us in the list of participating nonprofits and indicate that you want your gift to support us.
• Help spread the word and encourage your friends to give, too. Share a message on social media, send an email or make a phone call. Remember – the more donations we receive, the more bonus dollars we qualify for and the greater our chances of winning the overall leaderboard!
• Follow the results live at ArkansasGives.org or via social media: Twitter (@ArkansasGives), Facebook (@ArkansasGives) and Instragram (@ArkansasGives).
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Governor Hutchinson’s STEM career awareness initiative is a success! Teachers across Arkansas have embraced Learning Blade for STEM and Career Awareness. More than 500 schools have registered for Learning Blade, an online STEM career awareness program, that offers over 400 interdisciplinary STEM lessons aligned to middle school standards. Students in Arkansas completed over 240,000 online STEM lessons this year alone. Learn more – read the year one report. Get trained – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out our schedule this summer. Register your schools for a free account at www.learningblade.com/ar
KATV has a video and nice article on the amazing job that students in the Scott Charter School’s STEM program did in creating an astronomy museum.
SCOTT (KATV) — Schools across the country are fighting for funding for science, technology, and math programs, but one Arkansas school is proving you don’t need a big budget to teach big concepts.
Dr. Constance Meadors meets with a dozen students an hour a day after classes, as part of Scott Charter School’s STEM program. This year, the group wanted to inspire kids outside the program, so they set about creating a museum. They had no funding – so they built their own equipment and asked for loans from universities.
Walking into the Scott Charter School Astronomy Museum, you might think these astronomy exhibits were put together by high schoolers or even college students. But this museum is the brain child of 3rd through 6th graders and their teacher.
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, will hold a STEM Manufacturer’s Tour July 17-21 in different locations across Northeast Arkansas. The tour will include about 30 educators and will be held in 14 different factories.
“Every year we have 1st District students who graduate without jobs, but at the same time, hundreds of technical jobs across the 1st District remain unfilled,” Crawford said. “We have so many excellent, dynamic, and caring educators who want their kids to grow and succeed here at home, and what we’re trying to do is connect those educators to future employers and continue to build an education-to-career ecosystem in rural Arkansas.”
The tour is an attempt to better foster a connection between educators and manufacturers. The goal of STEM training is to give students and teachers a better idea about what skills and trades companies are seeking from their workforce. There have been efforts to incorporate these concepts into the classroom to better help graduates acquire higher paying jobs after high school.
Last year, Crawford led a group of approximately 20 high school and community college educators on a tour of businesses and manufacturing facilities in Jonesboro, Paragould, Mountain Home, Blytheville, Osceola, Newark, Batesville, and Stuttgart.
Crawford said he took part in the first tour last year after he realized the disconnect between STEM educators and manufacturers. A member of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, Crawford promotes and supports career and technical education throughout the U.S. Currently, there is a wide gap between jobs available in the field and workers qualified for the available positions in Arkansas. About 82% of manufacturers in Arkansas report a moderate or serious shortage in skilled workers.
“Students across the 1st District have different aspirations and learn differently: our education system should reflect that diversity. Some students don’t want to attend a four-year college while others do. For students of either path, STEM professions are increasingly in demand in our state’s economy, which is rapidly shifting to focus on information technology, advanced manufacturing, and bio science. This tour is about leveraging STEM education to fill good jobs and to create an environment of opportunity in both our Delta and Ozark counties,” Crawford said.
Source: Talk Business & Politics
Arkansas STEM Coaltion
The Arkansas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Coalition is a statewide partnership of leaders from the corporate, education, government and community sectors which plans, encourages, coordinates and advocates policies, strategies, and programs supportive of excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in order to expand the economy of Arkansas and produce higher paying jobs.