Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education 2018 STEM Festival and Thunder Over the Rock Event - Update 1

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The following information is provided as an update to COM-19-003 (

New Information

  • Registration deadline is October 1st
  •  STEM Fest is free for all students, teachers, and chaperones
  •  Students can watch airshow aircraft arrive and rehearse, but airshow will not be open; some smaller aircraft will be in place within the STEM Fest area
  •  Meals will not be provided on site; schools must bring packed lunches
  •  Water will be available on site, but students should bring their own refillable bottles
  •  Expect 3 hours of continuous engagement per school
  •  Arrival & Departure times will be coordinated through ADE by district with further guidance, driving instructions, and safety information to be distributed via Commissioner’s Memo in October
  •  Event will be wheelchair accessible
  • Teachers will be provided a list of exhibits and target grades in advance
  • Event will have booming aircraft flying overhead, jet engines, flashing lights, and may be troubling to students with sensitivities

Homeschool Information

  • Prior Registration is required 
  • Must be have a Homeschool Notice of Intent on-file with ADE
  • Limit one adult per child




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