Arkadelphia, AR - Educators' Workshop
Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Arconic facilities in Gum Springs/Arkadelphia, Arkansas in Spring 2016. This workshop was hosted by the Henderson State University STEM Center. The STEM center, alongside numerous others throughout the state, acts as a resource provision entity for teachers in the Central-Southwest portion of the state. Beginning with recruiting nearly all 6th-12th grade science teachers from the immediate Arkadelphia region area, the STEM center then branched out to enroll teachers from areas as far as Nashville and Camden, AR. The workshop took place in the STEM Center’s facilities on the HSU campus, with 12 educators in attendance representing 12 different schools from 6 school districts in Arkansas. These educators will provide renewable energy STEM education to an anticipated 1,370 students in the region in the first year.
Teachers spent the day at Henderson State University and were excited to see how easily the hands-on activities could fit into their classroom activities. They told us that they were happy to get experience with how their students may struggle with concepts of energy and electricity.
Arconic Foundation is proud to support Solar 4R Schools and bring this innovative program to Arconic communities nationwide. The mission of the Arconic Foundation is: advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and skills training worldwide, with a special emphasis on engaging and creating access for underrepresented and underserved groups. Through our partnerships, we are helping to change the perception of manufacturing by creating excitement around the rewarding career opportunities available to the next generation of talent – from career and technical education to the most advanced robotics and digital manufacturing. Solar 4R Schools is a proven and innovative model that we believe can bring to life the issues and solutions around energy management. Energy is a critical component of what we do in industry and in all of our personal lives – it is a topic that we want our youth educated about so that they can solve the problems of tomorrow.