Arkansas Tech STEM Institute

We are very excited about all of the wonderful and innovative things the ATU STEM Institute will be doing this 2017-2018 school year! Watch out for some of the following things plus many more to come later!

Project Lead the Way State Conference

Jan. 29th - 30th

Please join us for our PLTW State Conference!

To register, please click HERE!

Arkansas PLTW Nomination Form

Submit your nominations for the following awards to be announced on January 30, 2018 at the AR PLTW State Conference.

Arkansas PLTW Teacher of the Year

Arkansas PLTW Administrator of the Year

Arkansas PLTW Program/School of the Year


2017 - 18 Math Opportunities

For more information please contact Sarah Burnett

VEX Robotics (Grades 5-10) 2018

  Do you have what it takes to program a robot? Participants will explore text-based programming with the VEX IQ  robot. VEX utilizes a free text-based program called Robot C. This session is designed for all levels of programming  learners.

Math Minis: November 2017 - April 2018
  • Number Talks (Grades 4-10) January 24th 4:30pm – 7:30pm Registration HERE
  • Explore purposeful problem sets that will get your students productively talking about mathematics.
  • Fostering Geometric Thinking (Grades 5-10)February 28th 4:30pm - 7:30pm Registration HERE
  • Utilize the geometric habits of mind to create to support your students’ geometric thinking.
  • Fostering Algebraic Thinking (Grades 5-10) April 19th 4:30pm - 7:30pm Registration HERE
  • Discover activities and rich tasks to develop your students’ algebraic habits of mind. 


2017 - 18 Science Opportunities

For more information please contact Corey Adaire

 Science PLC’s (cooperation with Arch Ford ESC)

  Participating teachers will become active partners in building and revising lessons, designing student-centered  instruction, and increasing students’ ability to reason and solve complex problems.  K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. 18 hours of  ADE-approved PD will be provided over 3 sessions.

Starlab:Portable Planetarium Training Feb, 9th 2018

   This half-day training at the Hickory Lodge at the Lake Point Conference Center (12 PM - 3 PM)  will provide teachers with basic setup/take down procedures for the STEM Institute’s portable  Starlab, as well as pre-lesson and a 30 min presentation format for rotating groups of students through the  planetarium. This teacher training is required for anyone wishing to check out Starlab.Three hours of ADE-  approved PD will be

Register for the training HERE!

For more information about the StarLab please visit this page.

Earth Science in the Physical Science Classroom, March 29, 2018

   Designed to assist the physical science teacher investigate the various options for incorporating the earth science  standards into the physical science classroom. Six hours of ADE-approved PD will be provided. 

Physics in the Chemistry Classroom, April 19, 2018

   Designed to assist the high school chemistry teacher better understand how to teach the physics based standards  that are included in the new Arkansas Chemistry-Integrated course. Sample lessons and an example pacing guide will  be presented. Six hours of ADE-approved PD will be provided.



Check here often for updated listings of our Professional Development Opportunities.