Sixth-graders Mitchell Lovelady, Timothy Mosby Jr. and Rayleigh Rogers of Bob Courtway Middle School and Kayla King Marlaina Mox and Garrett Bullock of Conway Christian School were part of ninety-four sixth graders across the state at the Museum of Discovery on Thursday, February 20 for "Discovering Excellence in Arkansas."

The event, sponsored by Molex, gave students a chance to experience hands-on activities led by representatives of seven leading Arkansas science and technology employers: AT&T, Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin, Molex, Southwest Power Pool, Verizon and Welspun.

"I think all of us in Arkansas companies focused on science, technology, engineering and math must realize these students are our future potential employees, and their success equals our success and our state’s success," said J. Michael Nauman, Executive Vice President and President of the Global Integrated Products Division of Molex Incorporated. "We stress to students that they need to study more science and math, but we don’t always tell them why. Discovering Excellence in Arkansas helps draw a direct line of sight for the students, their parents and their teachers between pursuing a science and math education and going to work in Arkansas for great companies like these."

Governor Mike Beebe also visited with students during the evening and addressed them in a speech that stressed the importance of continuing their passion in science, technology, engineering and math studies.

The students were chosen to attend after being nominated by their teacher and completing an application process.