The Arkansas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Coalition is a statewide partnership of leaders from the corporate, education, government and community sectors which plans, encourages, coordinates and advocates policies, strategies, and programs supportive of excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in order to expand the economy of Arkansas and produce higher paying jobs.
The future of Arkansas depends on a commitment to excellent STEM education involving government, the education system, students, families, and employers. We must equip and educate Arkansans for employment in the 21st century so that all can thrive in a STEM-based economy and society.
The Timothy R. Stephenson Founder’s Award is given to the school or program that best reflects the overall mission of the EAST Initiative. Founder’s Award winners serve their communities through local collaborations and creative problem solving while utilizing state the art technology and equipment. Awarded annually at their nationwide conference, this year’s winners were the 4th grade EAST class at Sonora Elementary School. They are the youngest Founder’s Award recipients to date. We congratulate them on a great many jobs well done!
Hear what two Sonora Elementary students had to say about their EAST experience during the award ceremony at this year’s conference: