Arkansas STEM Model Program

Arkansas STEM Model Program

The AR STEM Model Program connects Arkansas's STEM education system to Arkansas careers and career training opportunities. It is based on the Federal STEM Vision to build strong foundations in STEM literacy, increase STEM education, and prepare students for the future STEM workforce. The AR STEM Model Program is a way schools can help ensure the readiness of all Arkansas students to meet the demands of today's workforce.

Designation as an AR STEM Model School is an indicator of high quality, transdisciplinary STEM education programming in K-12 public schools and public charter schools. Informed with statewide stakeholder input, this model allows districts to evaluate the prioritization of student-focused STEM education in classrooms, schools, and the community. 

Arkansas defines STEM as…Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math intentionally come together as STEM to present a rigorous integrated approach to understanding and interacting with the world in which we live. STEM education provides opportunities for students to engage in authentic experiences in the classroom that are linked to community, occupations, and the global world so that all Arkansas (AR) students become STEM literate in their PreK-12 journey towards college and career readiness. 

Goals of the AR STEM Model Program:

  • Increase STEM Opportunities for Arkansas Students
  • Recognize Model STEM Schools across the State
  • Develop and Strengthen Partnerships with Business, Industry, and Community
  • Support Growth and Sustainability of the AR STEM Teacher Pipeline

Designated AR STEM Model Schools


  • Forest Heights STEM Academy - Little Rock School District 
  • Nettleton STEAM - Nettleton School District


  • Izard County Consolidated Elementary School - Izard County Consolidated School District
  • Vaughn Elementary School - Bentonville School District

2023-2026 Preschools:

  • Bearkatz PreK Academy - Melbourne School District
  • Izard County Consolidated Preschool - Izard County Consolidated School District

For more information, please contact:

Michele SnyderState STEM Integration Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-7942

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