TEACHERS ARE SOMETHING TO BRAG ABOUT!
Check out all the great things happening in schools around our state because of educators who are dedicated to their students!
Bringing Local Careers to the Classroom
Jared McBride, from Lakeside High School, took 16 Lakeside high school students to Reynolds Manufacturing for an insightful session on manufacturing careers in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Students were given a tour of the facility, spoke to employees, from operations to management, and had the opportunity to speak with the plant assistant manager, Jason Hicks. The visit, complemented by a facility tour and pizza, showcased the potential for $40 per hour earnings without a college degree. The students were captivated by this revelation, and expressed surprise and interest that they could be offered a job like this with great pay and benefits. Overall, the experience left a lasting impression, opening students' eyes to lucrative manufacturing opportunities in their area. Lakeside is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce and Gary Troutman to showcase opportunities students have locally for a career in their future!
Bimini Biological 2023 Teacher Scholar
Congratulations to Matt Holden for receiving recognition as a 2023 Teacher & Educator Scholars! Bimini Biological Field Station - Shark Lab is thrilled to be offering two Teacher & Educator Naturalist Courses this year, thanks to the support of the @OceanMokum Foundation and the @saveourseasfoundation. Matt will be working with sharks this summer to learn the biology and ecology needed for them to survive!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR VERY OWN MID-LEVEL DIRECTOR
She has been awarded the EPA’s Region 6 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) and will travel to Washington D.C. to receive the award on August 3, 2023.
She will receive the Presidential award plaque, an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further her professional development in environmental education, and a congratulatory letter from a senior official from EPA and/or the White House.
Physics and Engineering
Lakeside High School
Nine girls from Lakeside High School attended the Women in STEM Competition in Little Rock, AR! They heard from so many inspirational women working in STEM around the state and presented to a panel of judges their work! They did great and walked away with a beautiful experience!
Richa Patel and Dulaney Fennewald brought home the ARDOT STEM program, First Place in Bridge Engineering. Their bridge held over 50lbs without breaking!
Mann Middle School Magnet
AEEA provides mini grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that are providing environmental and outdoor education around the state.
Scott received the mini grant to help with the school's native plant garden.
Third grade students at Turnbow Elementary Zoomed with a United States Space Force Guardian as part of the STEM to Space program. Students met 1st Lieutenant Nathaniel Aune. Lt. Aune is a Range Operations Commander, providing range safety and day of launch support for all rocket launches out of the Eastern Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Students learned about the role of STEM in space and military careers and the importance of a great education, starting in elementary school. #STEMtoSpace #SprindaleFamily
STEM Research Grant
Congratulations to Fayetteville High School teacher Matt Holden and your Northwest Director on being awarded a STEM Research Grant from the Society for Science. This grant will be used to empower students with hands-on STEM experiences.
Matt was born and raised in Arkansas and has a strong passion for science and the environment. He has worked for state and federal agencies conducting scientific research focused primarily on ecology and wildlife conservation. As an educator, he strives to implement real-world, authentic lessons, taken from past experiences conducting scientific research, into his instructional program to help students see the importance of science in their everyday lives.