STEM Education Programs
“The annual rally grew each year as interest in electric vehicle technology expanded,” said Rob Roedel, manager of corporate communications the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. “The students involved were able to take advantage of opportunities to prepare themselves for the future through a well-planned program that was powered by dedicated teachers and the 17 local electric cooperatives in Arkansas.”
According to Roedel, after 14 years of encouraging thousands of students to pursue technology and engineering careers with the program, a decision was made to change courses of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas’ STEM education efforts.
“Beginning in 2018 Arkansas’ electric cooperatives are sponsoring the Arkansas FIRST Robotics Competition to provide a new type of opportunities for students,” he said. “We will work with the program to try and get teams in all 75 Arkansas counties. Additionally, we want to eventually hold four competitions within Arkansas to provide students with maximum exposure to science, math and technology.”