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:
- Pre-College Diversity Engineering Program (PCDEP)
- TSA TEAMS Competition
- MATHCOUNTS Competition
- High School Research Program (HSRP)
- Engineering Scholars Program (ESP)
- National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI)
- Outreach Partnerships
- BEST Robotics
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 programâ€™s signature event is the Engineering Olympics.
The Engineering Olympics is designed to introduce PCDEP students to engineering through competitive team events and exercises. All participating schools receive all materials necessary to compete at no charge. Schools that are not members of PCDEP may participate in the Engineering Olympics for a nominal fee. This event is typically held in the spring.Â The 2014 Engineering Olympics: Junior Division (grades 6th-8th) Competition will be March 1. Â Registration will begin shortly. For more information about the 2014 Engineering Olympics, please contact Vernard Henley at (501) 569-8203.
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During National Engineers Week, we host the Junior Engineering Technical Societyâ€™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 studentsâ€™ 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 2014, teams can elect to compete on two different levels â€“ 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. Â Registration for the 2014 competition will begin soon.
For past results, click here:Â teams.tsaweb.org/rankings
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The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics programÂ that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.Â 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.Â 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 multiâ€‘step problems that engage Mathletes in mathematical reasoning and problem-solving processes. Problems assume the use of calculators.Â 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.Â 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.Â Area teams and individuals compete at the UALR campus, and the top competitors advance to the state competition.Â The winners of the state competition will represent Arkansas at the national competition in Washington, DC.
The 2014 Central Arkansas Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition will take place on February 8. Â The 2014 Arkansas State Competition will be March 8.
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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 2012, click here). If you are interested in applying to the 2013 High School Research Program, click here to download an application. To review a list of projects for the 2013 High School Research Program, click here.
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The objective of the Engineering Scholars Program (ESP) 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.Â See highlights of the 2012 Engineering Scholars Program Robot Olympics here.
If you are interested in applying to the 2013 Engineering Scholars Program, click here to download an application.
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The National Summer Transportation Institute is a fun and interactive one-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. Applications for the 2013 NSTI can be found here. All students denied admission to the 2013 Engineering Scholars Program will automatically be considered for this program.
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UALR 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 (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 fifth BEST Robotics Tournament in 2013. Â There will be twenty-four (24) slots available to teams who desire to compete in this challenging, yet fun event.Â Â Teams are required to design and build a robot which must be able to accomplish certain tasks on a 24â€™ x 24â€™ competition area.Â 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 contact Vernard Henley at (501) 569-8203.
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