The Arkansas Girls STEM Collaborative brings together organizations throughout Arkansas that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Too often programs that serve girls in STEM are limited in service and impact due to size, location, funding, expertise, and equipment. In other cases, projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources. Arkansas Girls STEM Collaborative provides the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM within Arkansas through collaboration.
Arkansas Girls STEM Collaborative is based upon a model developed by the National Girls Collaborative Project, and replicated through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Project activities are designed to facilitate connections between organizations to maximize access to shared resources. Collaboration, as an interactive process, enables professionals across projects and communities to generate and carry out creative solutions and strategies that maximize benefit beyond what one project or community could accomplish. The model is structured to bring organizations together to leverage resources, share information and exemplary practices, and to plan strategically to expand STEM-related opportunities for girls.