Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Project Lead the Way Grant Opportunity

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The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has been awarded a $2.98 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to increase student interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing middle school students access to high-quality STEM curriculum that supports hands-on, real-world learning, from Project Lead the Way (PLTW). 


The purpose of the grant is to award Local Education Agencies (LEAs) competitive subgrants to implement PLTW curriculum in the 7th and 8th grades for the following courses: Design and Modeling (399120), Medical Detectives (399180), Automation & Robotics (399110), and Flight and Space (399250). 


Priority consideration for grant funds will be given to LEAs based on the following criteria:

  • LEA demographics that indicate high poverty percentages (Title I status)
  • Schools without prior access to the curriculum
  • Implementation and sustainability plan

PLTW grantees will implement the new curriculum beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. Application and related information are linked below.


DESE PLTW Grant Web Page

PLTW Grant Request for Applications

PLTW Grant Application

PLTW Website


Interested LEAs are highly encouraged to attend a school tour at a campus that is already implementing the PLTW curriculum prior to submitting an application. Approved applications will require a school tour before being awarded a PLTW Grant. Tours dates, locations, and sign-up links are listed below. Please note that tours have limited spots, so early sign-up is suggested.




Tour Dates & Times

Sign Up Link

Manila High School

404 South Davis Manila, AR 72442

10/26/22 @12:05

10/28/22 @12:05 

11/4/22 @12:05

11/10/22 @12:05

11/16/22 @12:05

Greenwood Junior High School

300 E. Gary, Greenwood, AR 72936

12/5/22 @8AM

12/6/22 @8AM

12/7/22 @8AM

12/8/22 @8AM

12/9/22 @8AM

Russellville Junior High School

2000 West Parkway, Russellville, AR 72802

10/25/22 @8AM

10/25/22 @9:30AM

10/25/22 @11:45AM

10/25/22 @12:38PM

10/25/22 @1:30PM

Woodland Jr. High

1 E Poplar St, Fayetteville, AR 72703

10/17/22 @8:30AM

11/9/22 @8:30AM

11/15/22 @8:30AM

12/1/22 @8:30AM

12/5/22 @8:30AM

Forest Heights STEM Academy

5901 Evergreen Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205

12/8/22 @8:20AM

12/9/22 @11:30AM

12/9/22 @11:10AM

12/9/22 @12PM

Beebe Junior High

1201 W Center Street, Beebe, AR, 72012

11/14/22 @11:50AM

11/15/22 @8AM

11/16/22 @8:50AM

11/17/22 @10:30AM

11/18/22 @8:50AM

Fountain Lake Middle School

4207 Park Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

10/20/22 @8AM

10/20/22 @1:30PM

11/1/22 @8AM

11/7/22 @1:30PM

11/16/22 @8AM



For more information, contact:

Samantha Duchscherer, Ed.D., PLTW Grant Coordinator,



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