Arkansas STEM Coalition History
The Arkansas STEM Coalition began in 1990 at Henderson State University with a $10,000 grant from the National Alliance of State Science and Math Coalition (NASSMC). In 1993, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Arkansas Math and Science Coalition applied for and were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $10 million for the Arkansas Statewide Systemic Initiative for Mathematics and Science Education. The NSF grant provided the means to create mathematics and science partnerships in five regions of the state. The Arkansas Math and Science Coalition (AMSC) was a loosely structured organization networked through partnerships in the five regions which focused mainly on mathematics and science education issues with little business support. From 1993-2003 much of the activity was centered at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education through the delivery of mathematics and science professional development.
By 2003, the five partnerships had grown to twelve centers for Mathematics and Science Education located on twelve university and college campuses. In 2010, the Arkansas STEM Coalition was awarded 501 © 3 status and developed a Board of Directors with significant business, state government and education leadership participation.