Computer Science Initiative
To prepare Arkansas students for careers in computer science technology, Governor Asa Hutchinson has led an initiative to make courses and corresponding teacher training available to schools across the state.
The vision of the initiative, as described by the Arkansas Department of Education, is that all Arkansas K-12 students actively engaging in a superior and appropriate computer science education. The overall mission is to facilitate Arkansas’ transition to become and remain a national leader in technology education and careers.
Laptop Loan Program
The Arkansas STEM Coalition received a generous financial donation from AT&T to purchase laptops for loan to schools and non-profits. The goal of this project is to offer Arkansas students in grades 4-12 the opportunity to strengthen coding and computer science skills by loaning up to 70 laptops for such purposes.
Girls In STEM
Girls in STEM Conference is packed with hands-on workshops led by women in science, technology, engineering, and math professions. Workshops are organized by developmental grade level (7th-12th).
Programs include: GLAMS, Girls Who Code, Girl Power in STEM, Girls of Promise, STEM Girls Leadership Conferences, IWITTS: National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science, and National Girls Collaborative Project.
Million Women Mentors
Million Women Mentors (MWM) supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers.
MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector in collaboration with over 60+ partners reaching over 30 million girls and women, 45+ corporate sponsors, and 35+ state leadership teams.
FIRST® Robotics Competitions are for students in grades 9-12. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
STEM Girls Leadership Conferences
The purpose of these STEM Girls Leadership Conferences aims to improve opportunities and services to Arkansas female students, particularly in grades 10-14 (high school sophomores to collegiate sophomores). Additionally, the conferences will promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and ultimately reduce the stereotype that these fields are mainly for males. This program hopes to encourage young females to pursue collegiate careers in STEM-related occupations.
The STEM-Venture Academy is a partnership between the Arkansas STEM Coalition, local schools/districts, and various industry partners in Arkansas.
The Academy targets 10th grade youth to introduce them to middle skill level science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers through engagement with companies providing important infrastructure services to their communities.