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Arkansas Discovery Network

The Arkansas Discovery Network was initiated in 2006 with funding from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. More than $14 million has been awarded from the Reynolds Foundation and other donors over the years to support our mission of making hands-on, interactive STEM experiences more accessible to K-12 students.

The Network’s six member organizations are located strategically throughout Arkansas to extend outreach to all areas. Network members include the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Mid America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville, Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover and Arkansas State University Museum in Jonesboro.

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, Tinkering Studios and mobile 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.

The Network is in the midst of an expansion process with the opportunity for new partners to join, gaining access to training provided by national leaders in making and tinkering, tools and materials, traveling exhibitions, and a platform for learning with other like-minded educators around inquiry learning.

For more information, contact Kathleen Lawson at

We are very thankful for our corporate sponsors.