Outreach Programs

The College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock conducts a variety of outreach programs throughout the year designed to motivate students in grades six through twelve to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees.

For more information on EIT’s Outreach programs please select from the links below:

Fall

Spring

Summer

Outreach Partnerships


Pre-College Diversity Engineering Program (PCDEP)

Partnerships

The PCDEP was formed in 2007 primarily to increase the number of historically underrepresented students in grades six through twelve prepared to pursue engineering degrees. However, membership in the program is not restricted to only underrepresented students.

The program is implemented through the formation of engineering clubs which are required to meet at least once a month where activities and exercises are conducted that are unique to the needs of the students. Sponsors receive a merit-based stipend for sponsoring their PCDEP engineering club.

The program’s signature event is the Engineering Olympics.

The Engineering Olympics is designed to introduce students to engineering through competitive team events and exercises. All participating schools receive all materials necessary to compete at no charge. There is a nominal fee (usually $5 per student) to participate. This event is typically held in the spring. The 2018 Engineering Olympics: Junior Division (grades 6th-8th) Competition will be March 3. Registration will begin December 1, 2017.

2018 Engineering Olympics Rules

For more information about the 2018 Engineering Olympics, please contact Vernard Henley at (501) 569-8203 or Ashley Henry-Saorrono at (501) 569-8597.

 

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TSA TEAMS Competition

Jets

During National Engineers Week, we host the Junior Engineering Technical Society’s (TSA) Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) Competition. UALR is the only site in Arkansas hosting this national event.

This event is designed to teach team development skills through students’ participation as a group in an engineering problem competition. Competition problems cover mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, visual interpretation, computer applications, and reading analysis and interpretation.

TEAMS presents the multidisciplinary aspects of engineering work by illustrating how the math and science concepts students are learning work together and are applied to solve real-world problems. TEAMS is also aligned to national education standards.

High school teams compete in groups of up to eight students. For 2017, teams can elect to compete on two different levels – 9th/10th and 11th/12th. Students are encouraged to bring whatever reference materials they will need during the three hour competition. Schools compete for state and national honors only against schools that are similar in size and admission policies.  Register online at teams.tsaweb.org

For past results, click here: teams.tsaweb.org/rankings

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MATHCOUNTS Competition

MathCounts

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.  The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools.

The competition consists of up to 4 different rounds:

The Sprint Round (40 minutes) consists of 30 problems. This round tests accuracy, with time being such that only the most capable students will complete all of the problems. Calculators are not permitted.  Students can compete as a team or as individuals.

The Target Round (approximately 30 minutes) consists of eight problems presented to competitors in four pairs (6 minutes per pair). This round features multi‑step problems that engage Mathletes in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving processes. Problems assume the use of calculators.  Students can compete as a team or as individuals.

The Team Round (20 minutes) consists of 10 problems that team members work together to solve. Team member interaction is permitted and encouraged. Problems assume the use of calculators.  Only teams can compete – no individuals.

The Countdown Round is a fast-paced, oral competition for top-scoring individuals (based on scores in the Sprint and Target Rounds). In this round, pairs of Mathletes compete against each other and the clock to solve problems. Calculators are not permitted.

EIT partners with the Central Arkansas Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers to host the Central Arkansas Chapter Competition of MATHCOUNTS.  Area teams and individuals compete at the UALR campus, and the top competitors advance to the state competition.  The winners of the state competition will represent Arkansas at the national competition in Washington, DC.

The 2017 Central Arkansas Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition will take place on February 18.  The 2017 Arkansas State Competition will be March 11.

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High School Research Program (HSRP)

HRSP

The objective of the HSRP is to engage academic high achievers in a focused research environment by proactively mentoring then and helping them make informed choices on appropriate course work during their high school years for pursuing future careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. In addition, the three week residential summer program provides informal peer mentoring by engaging students in faculty research projects, allowing high school students to establish early contact with college students and professors in specific areas of their interest. The High School Research Program includes intense research work, but the students have a lot of fun during their stay at UALR (see video highlights from 2014 here).

If you are interested in applying to the 2017 High School Research Program, review the list of projects for the 2017 HSRP, then complete the online application. In order for your application to be marked as complete and considered for the program, we will need the following documents faxed or mailed to our office:

  1. Letter of intent to participate
  2. Letter of support from your math or science teacher
  3. One-page write-up about your professional area of interest
  4. Copy of an official transcript from your school

2017 High School Research Application

You can mail your remaining application documents to:

High School Research Program
EIT 117
2801 South University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204

This year’s HSRP will be July 9-28, 2017 and all application materials must be postmarked by April 22, 2016

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Engineering Scholars Program (ESP)

Engineering Scholars Program

The objective of the Engineering Scholars Program is to increase the number of students entering engineering programs in Arkansas through exposure to hands-on engineering projects, plant trips, and interaction with industry engineers. In addition, the one-week residential summer program includes counseling and advising sessions to assist students in preparing for college. The exposure to engineering and counseling and advising sessions will help high school students make informed choices on appropriate course work during their high school years for pursuing future careers in engineering. The program features academic and lab sessions on various engineering disciplines, including robotics. The program also features counseling and advising sessions to assist students in preparing for college. See highlights of the 2014 Engineering Scholars Program Robot Olympics here.

The applications for the 2017 can be downloaded here.

For your application to be marked as complete and considered for the program, we will need the following documents faxed or mailed to our office:

  1. A completed 2017 Summer Outreach Application
  2. A 250 word statement about your professional interest
  3. A copy of your official transcript from your school
  4. ACT or SAT test scores (if applicable)

You can mail your application documents to:

Engineering Scholars Program
UALR
Attn: Ashley Henry-Saorrono
2801 South University Ave., EIT 116
Little Rock, AR 72204

This year’s sessions of Engineering Scholars Program will be:

  • Session 1: June 18-24, 2017
  • Session 2: June 25- July 1, 2017

All application materials must be postmarked by April 17, 2017.

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Geology Camp

This one week residential camp will provide students with an introduction to geology through field mapping of the lithology and geologic structures at field stops and the use of geographic information systems (GIS). Students will also be exposed to various careers and geology’s importance in various industries by attending field excursions and seminars with geologists. The program also includes counseling and advising sessions to assist students in preparing for college.

*Note: Geology camp will involve outside physical activities; including light hiking and walking unpaved trails. Hiking shoes/boots are highly encouraged for participants.

The applications for the 2017 can be downloaded here.

For your application to be marked as complete and considered for the program, we will need the following documents faxed or mailed to our office:

  1. A completed 2017 Summer Outreach Application
  2. A 250 word statement about your professional interest
  3. A copy of your official transcript from your school
  4. ACT or SAT test scores (if applicable)

You can mail your application documents to:

Geology Camp
UALR
Attn: Ashley Henry-Saorrono
2801 South University Ave., EIT 116
Little Rock, AR 72204

This year’s sessions of Geology Camp will be: June 11-17, 2017.

All application materials must be postmarked by April 17, 2017.

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Girls Coding Camp

The objective of this new outreach initiative is to motivate academically prepared females to enter the fields of computer science or information science.  This one-week residential camp is for rising 8th through 9th grade females.  In addition to hands-on instruction, students will attend seminars featuring female professionals to learn more about opportunities available for females in computer and information science.  There is no cost to attend.

If you are interested in attending, please download this application.  In order for your application to be considered for the program, we will need the following documents faxed or mailed to our office:

  1. A completed 2017 Summer Outreach Application.
  2. A 250 word statement about your professional interest
  3. A copy of your official transcript from your school
  4. ACT or SAT test scores (if applicable)

You can mail your application documents to:

Girls Coding Camp
UALR
Attn: Ashley Henry-Saorrono
2801 South University Ave., EIT 116
Little Rock, AR 72204

This year’s Girls Coding Camp will be July 23-28, 2017 and all application materials must be postmarked by April 17, 2017.

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 Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC)

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) is a two-week residential camp hosted at select colleges and universities across the nation. This camp will provide rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students the opportunity to enhance their proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education while living on a college campus. The core STEM curriculum is integrated with field excursions and other educational experiences that enrich students’ understanding of the practical relations between classroom work and real world problems. Evening counseling sessions provide opportunities for discussion of students’ academic, career and social issues. Students engage in an array of extracurricular STEM-based activities during non-class time.

If you are interested in attending, please download this application.  In order for your application to be considered for the program, we will need the following documents faxed or mailed to our office.

You can mail your application documents to:

EMBHSSC
UALR
Attn: Vernard Henley
2801 South University Ave., EIT 116
Little Rock, AR 72204

This year’s EMBHSSC Camp will be July 9-21, 2017 and all application materials must be postmarked by May 2, 2017.


 

National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI)

Engineering Scholars Program

The National Summer Transportation Institute is a fun and interactive two-week residential program for high school students that permits exploration of various transportation fields and careers (land, water, air, and safety). Classes in English, science, math, and technology provide the necessary foundation to understand the concepts that students utilize during field excursions, projects, labs and hands-on activities that are related to transportation. All students denied admission to the 2016 Engineering Scholars Program will automatically be considered for this program.

If you are interested in applying to the 2017 NSTI, please download this application.  In order for your application to be marked as complete and considered for the program, we will need the following documents faxed or mailed to our office:

  1. A completed 2017 Summer Outreach Application
  2. A 250 word statement about your professional interest
  3. A copy of your official transcript from your school
  4. ACT or SAT test scores (if applicable)

You can mail your remaining application documents to:

National Summer Transportation Institute
UALR
Attn: Ashley Henry-Saorrono
2801 South University Ave., EIT 116
Little Rock, AR 72204

This year’s National Summer Transportation Institute will be (tentatively) June 18-30, 2017.

All application materials must be postmarked by April 17, 2017.

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Project Starting Block – National Society of Black Engineers Arkansas Alumni Chapter

National Society of Black Engineers Arkansas Alumni ChapterUALR hosts two parts of this four-part series designed to generate underrepresented student interest in engineering and technology. The Introduction to Engineering Seminar provides students with an overview of various engineering disciplines. In addition, students receive information about coursework needed to become an engineer and are afforded opportunities to talk with engineers about their work as engineers during this half day program.

The Technical Seminar includes resume writing, interviewing skills, and college application sessions. In addition to tours of EIT labs, students participate in an engineering competition.

For more information, please contact Vernard Henley at (501) 569-8203.

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BEST Robotics

BEST RoboticsBEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science and engineering-based robotics competition.

EIT will host its eighth BEST Robotics Tournament in 2017. There will be thirty-six (36) slots available to teams who desire to compete in this challenging, yet fun event. Teams are required to design and build a robot which must be able to accomplish certain tasks on a 24’ x 24’ competition area. In addition to robot performance, teams are judged based upon their engineering design notebook, team exhibit, marketing presentation, and other factors.

The top teams from the Little Rock Hub will advance to the Regionals, which are held at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

For more information on this event, please visit the BEST Robotics Hub.

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Ouachita Mountains Regional Science & Engineering Fair

The mission of the Ouachita Mountains Regional Science & Engineering Fair is to stimulate active interest in science and engineering among high school students in the Ouachita Mountains region by providing a competition that supports their interests in a wide variety of science and engineering-based fields of study.
The Ouachita Mountains Regional Science & Engineering Fair (OMRSEF) plans to be affiliated with the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair and uses the rules and forms for student project entry as the basis of the OMRSEF. The OMRSEF is managed by a Board of Directors which includes industry and education leaders interested and committed to providing exposure and exploration of STEM areas for students in the eleven county region.

For more information on this event, please visit the Ouachita Mountains Regional Science & Engineering Fair Website.

 

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