Science. Technology. Engineering. Math.
These four disciplines, known as STEM, are a fundamental part of our business at Southwest Power Pool.
For over 75 years, our STEM-educated employees have been vital to our success. About 17.5 million people in our region count on our engineers, programmers, developers and analysts to ensure the reliable delivery of electrical power to their homes and businesses every day without fail.
We at Southwest Power Pool are dedicated to helping our community grow and flourish. We believe in helping young Arkansans learn the skills they'll need to forge successful, STEM-related careers. To do so, our communities need to actively encourage children to pursue STEM education from a young age.
“We must increase the college-student pipeline in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by focusing our attention on attitudes toward these subjects earlier in a student’s education,” Nick Brown wrote in an essay for Engage, a publication of the Arkansas Community Foundation.
In 2016 and 2017, we hosted hundreds of high school students from across Arkansas to demonstrate the value of STEM in our work. Representatives from SPP's engineering, IT and operations departments explained to students enrolled in a statewide Essentials of Computer Programming course how algorithms and other programming tools help us monitor the grid, collect and analyze data from 95 member companies and ensure the reliable supply of electricity to the nearly 18 million people in our footprint.