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The Arkansas Department of Education will offer a public comment opportunity on a pre-publication version of the Arkansas K-12 Science Standards for grades K-8. In order to view the standards, make comments, and/or offer suggestions, please copy and paste the link:


Public comments and survey is available from April 15-May 15, 2015.

Questions regarding this public comment opportunity may be directed to Ms. Stacy Smith by e-mail at stacysmith@arkansas.gov or by phone at 501-682-1991.

Questions regarding Arkansas K-12 Science Standards may be directed to Ms. Michele Snyder by e-mail at michele.snyder@arkansas.gov or by phone at 501-682-7942.


ATU Girls STEM for Leadership Conference

Are you a teacher that knows a female student that could benefit from this?
Are you a female high school student in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade?
Are you a female Freshman or Sophomore in college?
Not sure about what your career should be?
Still undecided about your major?
Questioning whether college is the answer for you?
Join us for a STEM conference on April 25, 2015 from 8:00-4:00, to explore possible careers in STEM fields.
Enjoy a day of hands-on, exploratory activities that could help you decide.
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided.
There is no charge for registration.

Follow this link for registration: ATU STEM CONFERENCE


May 8, 2015 ATU STEM Olympiad for 5th-12th Grade Students:

 The STEM Olympiad is a joint activity sponsored by Arkansas Tech University and Western Arkansas Education Service Co-op. Originally organized in 2010 and called Destination Space, the STEM Olympiad has grown to become one of the largest student STEM competitions in the United States. In 2013, it was recognized by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) as the outstanding STEM competition in the Southwest.
Competition is open to public and private school throughout the region and involves students in grades 5-12. Students will be grouped into three grade divisions for competition. Those include grades 5-6, grade 7-8, and high school (9-12). Competition involves both team and individual competition. The areas of competition for 2015 include:

➢ Engineering Challenge: Maximum of 4 students/team
➢ Rockets: Maximum of 4 students/team.
➢ Hovercrafts: Maximum of 4 students/team.
➢ Catapults: Maximum of 2 students/team.
➢ Bridge Design: Maximum of 2 students/team.
➢ Egg Drop: Maximum of 2 students/team.
➢ Machine Competition: Maximum of 4 students/team.

First, second, and third place medals will be awarded in each category and in each competition.

The 2015 competition will be held at ATU campus, HULL PHYSICAL ED building and Football field on May 8 of 2015. Pre-registration can be conducted through Mrs. Terri Frost tfrost2@atu.edu or Mrs. Sarah Burnett sburnett6@atu.edu . The rocket competition will be handled by Mr. Roberts of Pottsville Schools and additional information can be obtained by contacting him through ed.roberts@pottsvilleschools.org.


Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities


Math and Science Integration for Administrators April 22nd, 2015

Are you looking for ways to make math and science more meaningful for your students? Have your teachers been searching for ways to incorporate more hands-on, engaging, and cross-curriculum activities? We want to show you how fun and easy it is to integrate math and science at the elementary and middle school levels, and to support your school in this implementation. Come experience just how exciting math and science can be!

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