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Southland Casino Racing helps create STEM opportunities for students

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.

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NEW! Learning Blade!

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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NCSM Position Papers

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

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Engineering Summer Camps at U of A

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.

http://engineering-camps.uark.edu/

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Learning Blade is a Success!

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 info@learningblade.com to find out our schedule this summer. Register your schools for a free account at www.learningblade.com/ar

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Scott Charter School Students Create ‘Out of this World’ Museum

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.

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.

View more at http://katv.com/news/local/scott-charter-school-students-create-out-of-this-world