Grades 1-2

July 9 – 20, 2018, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at UA LITTLE ROCK

Open to students who will complete first or second grade this spring.  These classes offer a creative educational experience with limited enrollment, snack time, a guest speaker, and Brain Games.

Students will take two classes.

STEAM=Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math
STEM=Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Course Descriptions


Chain Reaction (FULL; please choose another awesome class)
STEM—Susan Rainer (Builders)

Are you naturally curious about how turning a crank will turn the gears which drops a tile that launches a ball into the air?  In this course, students will discover the wonderful world of energy, multi-part simple machines, and construction skills as we design and engineer our very own chain reaction courses.  Throughout the class, students will work to develop an understanding of gravity, force, motion, speed, potential and kinetic energy as they build structures to help test our theories.  This class is perfect for building skills in understanding cause and effect, perseverance, and creative problem solving.


Dino Diversity
Paleontology—Katharyn Daniel (Dino)

Do you love dinosaurs? Perhaps you have a favorite like a Majungasaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, T-Rex or Arkansas’s state dinosaur Arkansaurus fridayi.  Come find out what dinosaurs really are! Join us as we examine fossils, explore dinosaur diversity, bust some dinosaur myths, and talk with a real paleontologist!


Enchanted Engineering 
Engineering —Teri Morton (Enchanted)

Oh, no!  Goldilocks broke Baby Bear’s bed, and Rapunzel needs a way to escape from her tower!  Never fear…. an engineer is here!  Join us as we tackle amazing design challenges inspired by our favorite fairy tales.  We will learn tricks and tips for designing structures to withstand every force imaginable!   Can the big bad wolf blow this little pig’s house down?  No way!


Sea Turtles
Oceanography — Caty Douglas (Ocean)

Let’s venture under the sea to discover the amazing lives of sea turtles!  We will search out the extraordinary facts of the creatures, including their lives and where they live. We will even create our own egg carton turtles.  Come join me as we learn about the totally tubular turtles!


Sun Bakers: Solar Ovens  
STEM— Eddie Ryan Roberts (Bakers)

A storm hits, and your house loses power for several days.  You want berry cobbler, mac n’ cheese, or chocolate cake.  What would YOU do?  Wouldn’t it be fantastic to cook any of these food favorites and many others just by harnessing the power of the sun?  Find out how that is totally possible as we explore how to build solar ovens.  We will test materials for conductivity, learn about sun angles, and find the most reflective surfaces available.  We will apply all our knowledge to design and build the most efficient solar oven possible.  Maybe we will find that the sun is powerful enough to cook a whole turkey!  Join the adventure and become a “green” engineer!


Super Heroes, Inc.
STEM—Sandee Teague (Super)

Super heroes are in the movies, comic books, and in the newspaper headlines.  But, did you know there is a super hero in all of us?  Join us as we soar through super-hero challenges and amazing projects that find the super hero in you!  Can our hero really leap a tall building or stop a speeding train?  Let’s find out together!


What’s Cooking
STEM—Lori Martin (Cooking)

What WILL happen if you give a pig a pancake, a cat a cupcake, or a moose a muffin?  Join us as we “mix things up” while exploring our favorite stories about pancakes, blueberries, pizza, and much more!   Making and exploring recipes using measurement, math, writing, and of course…tasting will bring our delicious stories to life!   What is the secret recipe for all this fun?  Why, pancakes, of course!


Where’s Snoopy
Language Arts —Keila Moreno Navarrete (Snoopy!)

Who is that dashing beagle in a bowler hat?  Is Snoopy wearing a kimono?  What’s the difference between Masai and Egyptian bead-work?  Follow Snoopy, the lovable Peanuts character who is known the world over, on a high-flying adventure that takes you around the globe.  Experience the world’s wonderful cultures through Snoopy’s eyes.  Can you keep up with “Where’s Snoopy”?