The state has embraced science and technology-based curriculum to help students prepare for high-paying jobs, and that means kids are getting immersed in engineering earlier than ever.
Engineering students at Maumelle Middle School are right on track.
Monday's project was making skimmers, a kind of gliding, cardboard hovercraft that's an exercise in precision, with a careful series of measurements, cuts and folds.
The teacher walks around the room to check on the students' progress.
The class is part of "Project Lead the Way," a rigorous science and technology curriculum that's helping students prepare for careers in engineering.
It's not exactly what a lot of students expected when they signed up, but a lot of them say it's the most fun they've had at school.
The Pulaski County District adopted "Project Lead the Way" nearly a decade ago.
It's currently available in five schools, and will be expanded to three more by next year.