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Arkansas STEM Coalition eNews Issue 81
Unearth STEM In this Issue:

Board Member Spotlight
Kait Hill is the owner of Rock City Digital. Rock City Digital is a local digital marketing firm specializing in social media content creation, website design, SEO, PPC, photography and videography. The company makes it a mission to help small to medium sized businesses compete in this hyper competitive market.

Why have you decided to become a board member of the Arkansas STEM Coalition?
"Education has always been a passion of mine. I believe that every student should have the opportunity to learn, especially when it comes to STEM. STEM is the future and I’m excited to be able to make an impact on future generations."
How does STEM impact your business/organization?
"As digital marketers, we are considered to be in the stem field due to the fast-moving nature of our roles. We use data to craft marketing plans for businesses with the goal of increasing our clients bottom line. We also use technology to optimize our workflows."
What is your business doing to help further STEM education?
"We are involved with the STEM board and we’ve also worked with some of the Facebook connections college interns. One of our goals is to change the marketing landscape in Arkansas to help companies retain their employees and help the employees have better roles at their respective agencies."

STEM most certainly is the future, and we appreciate the way you impact Arkansas STEM education and marketing. We share a common goal and passion for education, so we certainly thank you for being on our board, Kait!
There we have it, Little Rock's Best Digital Marketing Team! You can learn more about what Kait and Rock City Digital are doing, as well as more general information about their company, at their website at https://rockcitydigital.com/.
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Your Donation Makes a Difference.
We invite you to support the Arkansas STEM Coalition in our efforts to cultivate STEM learning and quality education in Arkansas! If you would like to, there are two ways you can:
► Email director@arkansasstemcoalition.com for more information on how you can give to and partner with the Arkansas STEM Coalition.
Thank you for your support!
Spring Virtual Networking Mixer
The Arkansas Environmental Education Association (AEEA) is hosting a Spring Virtual Networking Mixer, to connect with environmental educators and supporters from around the state, on Tuesday, April 27, 4:00 - 5:00 pm. AEEA's Spring Networking Mixer will be a virtual event, allowing meetings with people from all over the beautiful state!  From Marketplace Exchange, Environmental Kahoot, and open discussions, you would not want to miss this springing event! Registration is required, and participants will be limited in order to allow for greater participation. If you might have any questions, please contact Sophia Stephenson at director@arkansasee.org for more information.
Register Now
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Math Activities for Students Who Hate Math
We have all encountered them, the students and classmates who avoid math. For some, math is an art and a place to appreciate its contributions in society, while for others, math can be a frustrating, confusing and defeating subject.

Texas Instruments will have a presenter at this FREE webinar, "Math Activities for Students Who Hate Math" on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM, who will share lessons that have been developed to help students use technology in a way that makes math topics more accessible.

In addition, Attendees of the live webinar will be entered into a drawing to receive complimentary registration to a T³™ Summer Workshop. See drawing rules.
Register Now
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Mark Your Calendar!
With April blooming, we have yet quite a few STEM events to announce! Take a look below, and don't forget to visit our website calendar at arkansasstemcoalition.com for a full picture of what's going on in Arkansas STEM!
Virtual Best Practices Academy: Preparing for a Healthy Spring: Planning Health, Equity and Inclusion into Spring Programming | Arkansas Out of School Network (AOSN) | April 29, 2021 | 9 AM - 2 PM
In this Virtual Best Practices Academy you will hear from experts in the fields of Health and Wellness. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation will help you plan a health-minded re-entry for youth that may have been isolated from family and friends since pandemic measures began last year. The Arkansas Hunger Alliance will teach you fun, yummy and easy ways to engage youth in proper nutrition habits.  Audubon Arkansas will equip you to lead youth back outdoors with ready to implement, nature-based STEM activities. Finally, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Leap Into Science STEM science inquiry and literacy program, and complete the training to receive valuable resources and support to implement the Light and Shadows curriculum.

For more information contact Karl Benz at kbenz@astate.edu or call at 501.661.1014.
Innovation in Computer Science School Grant Proposal Deadline | Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) | April 30, 2021
The Computer Science Innovation Grant opportunity for Arkansas public K-12 schools includes up to $250,000.00 in total reimbursement funding that has been allocated for the purchase of curriculum, software licenses, non-fundamental equipment, professional development, student incentives, and other approved expenses that directly support the instruction of the ADE K-12 Computer Science and Computing Standards. Chosen proposals will be invited and required to complete and submit an ADE required grant application, based on the proposal, for full approval before funding is awarded and released. Learn more...

Mars STEM Ecosystem Challenge Enrollment Deadline | STEM Ecosystems | May 1, 2021
The STEM Ecosystem peers have challenged your students to a virtual robotics competition. Deploy a fun, easy-to-use solution on Robotify this spring and summer season. Students, grades 5-8, will learn about robotics and computer science by coding AXEL, a virtual robot roaming Mars, scoring points and moving up the leaderboard. No robotics hardware is needed, there may be unlimited teams from April through September, and all coaches are welcome! Learn more...
Take Me to More STEM Events!

Have a STEM event? Let us spread the word!

If you know of any STEM-based programs or events to take place that you would like us to announce, we would be glad to review them and post them on our website event calendar!

In order to get started, submit an event on our event upload form at this link or email info@arkansasstemcoalition, and we will do the rest! We appreciate you contributing to STEM education in Arkansas!
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A Real-World Earth Day Activity
How many straws are used in the U.S. every day? If they were connected, would they wrap around the Earth at the equator? If so, how many times? In one year, would the length of straws reach the moon? What is the volume of this plastic for one year? How deep would it be on a football field? The answers to these questions will astound you!

In the Earth Day activity in this article, we’ll use math to help students answer important questions about societal issues like plastic pollution and the environment. You’ll investigate these real-world questions using applied mathematics, unit conversion, geometry and problem-solving.
Why On Earth?
💡 Did You Know? 💡
Women engineers have been instrumental in exploring outer space for decades. From Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, to Mary Jackson, NASA’s first black female engineer and a “human computer," now we have NASA's Artemis program makes plans to land the first woman and first person of color on the moon by 2024. 
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STEM Center Spotlight

The Arkansas Technical University STEM Education Collaborative partners with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Vex Robotics, and the REC foundation to provide schools, organizations, and other groups access to high-quality and affordable robotics and STEM educational opportunities. Learn more...

Sponsor Spotlight
Thanks to another one of our awesome sponsors for STEM!
The Arkansas STEM Coalition is grateful for the wonderful partners and sponsors who help make our mission to cultivate quality education in Arkansas possible each day, and we hope to continue to elevate STEM learning, quality programs, and proactive initiatives that will benefit all youth across the map and expand the capacity and diversity of the Arkansas STEM workforce pipeline.
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Need Resources? We have them!

With impactful transitions underway, we strive to continue providing and updating innovative and inspiring STEM resources and events for students, parents, and teachers during a time that calls for safety the most.

On the go? Educators and families can access these helpful online resources here!

Want general resources for STEM learning and education? Visit our resources page on our website!
If you would like to share more information on projects and resources we might not have, please contact director@arkansasstemcoalition.com.
As always, thank you for helping us keep the connection strong!
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Have a nice week!

Your Donation Makes a Difference.

We invite you to support our amazing STEM programs! The Arkansas STEM Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. If you would like to support us, please visit our donation page with the blue box or the links below!
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Email director@arkansasstemcoalition.com for more information on how you can give to and partner with the Arkansas STEM Coalition.
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Executive Director: Suzanne Mitchell, PhD

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