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VEX Robotics has recently released two additions to its robotics repertoire. VEX 123 and VEX GO now round out the VEX products providing schools the opportunity to provide K-12 aligned curriculum and products to support STEM education in the classroom. Each grade band product has free curriculum to be used in the classroom, after-school programs, or in out-of-school settings. If you or your organization is interested in an opportunity to be a part of a grant providing free products and curriculum, then please complete the form:

https://forms.gle/o9QVZjq4Xr2vioSh8

Register now and save 15% on the most valuable, transformational, and relevant professional development. Maker Boot Camp is for all educators who want to support future-ready students equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing world.  Find more information about June 4-7 here.

The Annual SAU Science Fair will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019

This is a call for volunteers from the SAU Community & Partners to serve as judges for the fair.

https://web.saumag.edu/science/stem/science-fair/

The fair is in need of about 70 individuals to serve as judges.

Judges must be available from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM on Friday, March 8th.

If you can serve, please signup using the “Science Fair Judges Form” at the Science Fair Webpage.

https://web.saumag.edu/science/stem/science-fair/

Information about the schedule and locations will be emailed to volunteers who fill out the form.

Let me know your questions.

-Scott White

The Arkansas Department of Education Mathematics Unit, part of the STEM (Sciences, Technologies, Engineering, and Mathematics) Unit in the Division of Learning Services, is excited to announce the Summer 2019 launch of AR Math QuEST (Quantitative Essentials for Students and Teachers). AR Math QuEST is a journey for ambitious teaching that promotes equity and engagement of all students in meaningful mathematics learning experiences of reasoning and problem solving. AR Math QuEST empowers educators and families to help students develop positive identities as doers of mathematics to increase student achievement.

 

AR Math QuEST is a two-year, state-initiated professional development opportunity for exemplary teaching and learning based on NCTM’s Mathematics Teaching Practices and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Education service cooperatives throughout the state will host training for select district teams of grades 6-8 and high school (Algebra I/II, and Geometry) classroom teachers beginning Summer 2019 with expansion to K-5 in subsequent years.

 

For more information, including details regarding the structure of the training and additional learning opportunities specifically for mathematics instructional facilitators, review the AR Math QuEST Flyer, https://tinyurl.com/ARMathQuEST-Flyer, and the AR Math QuEST Framework, https://tinyurl.com/ARMathQuEST-Framework.

More information can be found here.

Learning Blade introduces the student to STEM technologies and career opportunities through an entertaining game-based format. In this system, the student pursues engaging missions that solve a problem such as helping an injured dolphin, building an orphanage after a major earthquake, or solving energy and transportation needs in a new city. Students can select missions from our ever-growing library. https://bit.ly/2Cmzds7

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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 https://goo.gl/bKrgpG 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.

Arkansas STEM Quarterly Meeting!

When: Friday, September 21, 2018 from 11am to 1:30pm
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 September 20, 2018, cost is $30 on September 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 http://goo.gl/2MEBSR.

NCSM Recently wrote papers on the importance of Computer Science and Math in STEM. Here they are below.