Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Great Arkansas History Video Game Coding Competition


The Great Arkansas History Video Game Coding Competition begins in January 2020. Open to students in grades 4-8, the competition emphasizes storytelling, state history, and coding, and gives students the ability to use their coding abilities while supporting literary growth and expanding their knowledge of Arkansas history.
This Arkansas Department of Education webpage is the official location to find competition information including locations, dates, times, rules, registration process, updates and results.
Click the image above or here to watch a promotional video about the competition; in addition a promotional flyer is downloadable at

2019-2020 Competition Cycle


Press release announcing the competition.

Intent to Submit Form

Schools interested in having team submissisons are encouraged, but not required, to fill out an intent to submit form, by February 28, 2020.

Competition Rules and Preliminary Information

Sponsors and others interested should read the competition rules and Preliminary Information found at:


The Role of the Civilian Conservation Corps within the creation of Arkansas State Parks

The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps)--part of Roosevelt’s New Deal--was a major contributing factor in the development to Arkansas State Parks System. In regions all over Arkansas, these young men worked in earnest to build the foundation of many of the parks still serving the state.
“Most CCC projects in Arkansas were in national forests or on state-owned property. The fledgling state parks system benefited greatly; the work program created roads, trails, lodges, cabins, campgrounds, amphitheaters, bathhouses, picnic pavilions, and beaches at six locations in four different regions of the state: Petit Jean, Mount Nebo, Crowley’s Ridge, Devil’s Den, Lake Catherine, and Buffalo Point.” 
Many parks feature information or displays about the CCC; Devil’s Den has a brochure and a trail that leads visitors to the various sites and Crowley’s Ridge has exhibits displaying information about the CCC. Even greater, some of the structures are still in existence. Mather Lodge at Petit Jean was built by the CCC, and named “in honor of the late National Park Service director Stephen T. Mather, who had encouraged the state to establish Petit Jean State Park in 1923.” Though the Lodge has been repaired and has had additions, parts still remain from the original structure. 
Background information taken from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas:


Window: April 8, 2020 through noon on April 15, 2020

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Submission Instructions


For more information, please contact:

Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
State Director of Computer Science Education
Lead Computer Science Specialist
Office of Computer Science Program Advisor
Office of Computer Science Policy Development Coordinator


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