Southwest Power Pool is dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in our home state of Arkansas. We — along with our member companies and the customers they serve — depend on the expertise of skilled developers, engineers, analysts and other professionals to keep the lights on across our 14-state footprint. To ensure the success of our mission today and in the future, we partner with schools, non-profits and other organizations to create and support a pipeline that engages children in STEM-related subjects from a young age and leads them through school and toward rewarding careers in their native state.
SPP has joined with the Little Rock School District (LRSD) to bolster science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education beginning with elementary school students districtwide. SPP’s STEM Outreach Program aims to change this by supporting the STEM-career pipeline at every grade level, beginning with elementary school and continuing through college. Components of the program will include:
Sponsorship of LRSD’s One District, One Book elementary school reading program, in which every elementary-age student in the district will be given the same STEM-related book to read over the same four-week period in fall 2018.
Sponsorship of a middle school science fair competition. Students will have the opportunity to avail themselves of the expertise of SPP staff throughout the development of projects, and SPP will reward top eighth-graders who research and present electricity-related projects.
Sponsorship of LRSD’s Excel program for gifted high school students, in which SPP’s professionals will coach students through the development of proposals to solve real-world problems facing the utility industry.
A school supply drive benefiting one of the district’s most in-need middle schools.
Teach-the-teacher sessions in which SPP staff will help educators draw parallels between classroom concepts and activities and real-world applications from the electric industry.
Click the image below to read more about our commitment to STEM education, and visit some of the organizations with whom we partner to help young Arkansans prepare for, find and succeed in STEM-related careers.
- Arkansas Museum of Discovery
- Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts
- Arkansas STEM Coalition
- Economics Arkansas
- Little Rock School District
- Million Women Mentors
- Thea Foundation
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock's George Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology
- University of Arkansas College of Engineering
- Women's Foundation of Arkansas (Girls of Promise)