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Check out all the great things happening in schools around our state because of educators who are dedicated to their students!


Bringing Science Inside

Chance Duncan - Springdale School District

Chance Duncan, a science teacher from Russellville, visited fifth-graders at Rollins School of Innovation. He brought live animals, including endangered snakes that he and his class have bred. Duncan reproduced the endangered Louisiana Pine Snake in his classroom over a few years with his students. He brought those snakes to the school and talked about the process they went through to make that happen and tie it into our standards on ecosystems. #SpringdaleFamily


WC pupils use VR for science exams

Cameran Faucette’s human anatomy and honors biology classes at Watson Chapel High School use advanced technology to enhance learn- ing.

In his first- and third-pe- riod classes, students were given the opportunity to use the PSVR2, a virtual reali- ty helmet for PlayStation 5, to take their semester exam using Human Anatomy VR software. The exam required students to demonstrate their mastery of the skeletal system by identifying the position and function of random bones as Faucette indicated.

Students in Faucette’s sixth-period honors biology were required to create a 3-D model of a plant or animal cell using TinkerCAD software.

 In addition, they also were to add all corresponding cell or- ganelles to their models. Once ready, the students presented the models to the class and gave a persuasive sales pitch to convince Faucette to pur- chase their model over others.

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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! 

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Bimini Biological 2023 Teacher Scholar
Matt Holden

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! 

2023 Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education!

Congratulations to Matt Holden, Northwest Director, for being selected as one of 50 teachers around the state to receive the 2023 Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship. 

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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.

Check out all the award winners - CLICK HERE

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! 

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Jackie Scott 
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. 

Stephanie Long 
Turnbow Elementary 

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.

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