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Education kits make STEM fun

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Arkansas ASSET II  (Arkansas Science & Technology Authority)

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A collaborative effort by Arkansas teachers and researchers with the Advancing and Supporting Science, Engineering, and Technology--ASSET II project has produced 66 interactive, standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education kits for K-12 classrooms. 

The kits come with everything needed to teach project-based, hands-on content focused on renewable/alternative energy and DNA analysis in the classroom. After completing an ASSET project-approved teacher professional development workshop, teachers from across Arkansas can check out BioFuels-iN-a-Box, BioTech-iN-a-Box, Power Box, and SOLAR Box kits from any of Arkansas' 13 regional STEM centers and affiliates.

Over 1,500 K-12 students have used the classroom kits. Of these students, approximately 35 percent were female and 15 percent were underrepresented minorities. These outreach efforts are based on research that suggests early exposure increases the likelihood students will pursue STEM careers. Reinforced workforce pipelines, strengthened economic development and improved scientific literacy are all benefits of statewide STEM education efforts.   

ASSET II outreach efforts target deficiencies pertaining to science education by linking STEM outreach efforts to the project's research themes of renewable energy and biotechnology.


  • kindergartner builds her first circuit with the power box kit
A kindergartner builds a circuit.
Marta Collier, Arkansas Science & Technology Authority

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