About Us

The Discovery Network, a statewide program of the Museum of Discovery, was initiated in 2006 with funding from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. More than $14,000,000 has been awarded from the Reynolds Foundation and other donors over the years to support the goal of making hands-on, interactive STEM learning more accessible to the state’s school children and their families. The Network provides high-quality professional development and training opportunities to its members’ educational staff. Essentially, the Discovery Network is the way in which the Museum of Discovery supports other educational entities in their efforts to bring quality STEM education to its learners.

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Our Network

The Network’s member organizations are located strategically throughout Arkansas to extend outreach to all areas. Network members support each other by sharing operational strategies, collaborating with teachers and expanding educational programs. Each of the partners, together, is dedicated to providing the highest quality educational experience to the children, families and teachers of Arkansas. This is accomplished, in part, through a mobile museum vehicle, engaging interactive custom and rental exhibits, ongoing contact with advisory groups, teacher workshops, mobile making/tinkering kits, and networking with other museums, libraries and community centers in the state and throughout the country. All these efforts will contribute to a unique synergy of systems that cannot fail to improve the quality educational experiences in Arkansas.

Discovery Network Staff

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Pody Gay

Director
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Ginsie Higgs

Assistant Director
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Brittney Kugler

Education Manager
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Daniel Guyton

Traveling Exhibits Manager

Upcoming Events

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MAY4-6

Toadsuck Daze & Tinkerfest

Sat - 10 AM to 5 PM
Sun - 12 PM to 2 PM

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JUN9

ASTATE Tinkerfest

10 AM to 2 PM

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JUN12

Makey Makey Workshop

9 AM to 4 PM

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JUN16

Mid-America Science Museum Tinkerfest

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JUL19

Makey Makey Workshop

9 AM to 4 PM

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JUL21

AR Museum of Natural Resources Tinkerfest

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AUG2

Scratch Boot Camp Workshop

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway

The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway initiative is built on the belief that school systems, individual schools, departments, or individual teachers can improve their STEM education practices through a positive, collaborative approach.

To learn more about the STEM Excellence Pathway or to join, contact Ginsie Higgs at ghiggs@museumofdiscovery.org

Learn more about the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation