Toad Suck Daze, the annual festival sponsored by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery have announced a partnership to put a STEM education program in more than two dozen Central Arkansas elementary schools.

The effort is backed by Acxiom and First Arkansas Bank and Trust.

More than 24 teachers have been trained to use “tinkering kits” in class to teach skills and introduce subjects such as circuitry and robotics. They’ll participate in a Tinkerfest at the Toad Suck Daze festival in May in downtown Conway.

Jamie Gates of the Conway chamber notes that the festival, which has benefitted students in Faulkner County, will expand its reach to neighboring counties in this program, including schools in Pulaski County.

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