STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) 

STEM courses prepare students for high-skills,  high-wage, high-demand careers.  STEM nurtures students to become creative problem-solvers, innovators, and inventors; analytical thinkers; and strong communicators. 

 

Arkansas participates in the national initiative Project Lead the Way (PLTW) designed to provide high school students hands-on curriculum and practical applications in science, technology, engineering, and math.  Gateway to Technology is the PLTW middle school program. 

 

In addition to facilitating the PLTW programs for the state of Arkansas, our office is also the point of contact for SREB’s (Southern Regional Education Board) enormously successful HSTW (High Schools That Work), MMGW (Making Middle Grades Work) and TCTW (Tech Centers That Work) Programs. These programs are nationally recognized for their effectiveness in helping schools improve the achievement of all students.

Another program maintained through this office is SREB’s Advanced Career/Innovations in Science and Technology. This program is new and we currently have three test sites in Arkansas. Those sites are; J.A. Fair in Little Rock, Pocahontas High School and Hope High School.

We also facilitate the brand new MAD (Mobile Applications Development) program. There are currently four test sites around the state for that as well. Those sites are; Bryant High School, Cross County High School in Cherry Valley, Wynne High School and Roger New Tech High School.

Some of our tried and true classic program offerings include our Engineering Technology Education courses (ETE 1&2) and Industrial Tech Education. These programs continue to lead the way in engineering education with the most up to date and current information on industry trends and standards.

As technology continues to be explored by our students, Computer Engineering allows students hands-on experience with diagnosing, troubleshooting and repairing computers. Different program languages taught in a fun and motivating environment make up our Computer Programming courses.

Our very popular and exciting CTSO (Career and Technology Student Organization) is TSA (Technology Student Association). An amazing partnership between TSA and Vex Robotics has provided many of our engineering students across the state the opportunity to participate in various competitions which have led to well-deserved national attention of the enormous talent our young people possess.

Please contact our office for any and all assistance: 501-682-1616

Tim Johnston, Program Coordinator, tim.johnston@arkansas.gov

Stephanie Harvey, Program Advisor, Stephanie.harvey@arkansas.gov

Renee Sheppard, Administrative Assistant, renee.sheppard@arkansas.gov