Current Grants

The UA Little Rock STEM Education Center is fortunate to have access to grants provided by Arkansas STEM Coalition under the leadership of Dr. Suzanne Mitchell, Executive Director. Grants awarded or under review below are made available by the Arkansas STEM Coalition in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and/or Arkansas Department of Career Education.

2016-17 Academic Year

No Child Left Behind Grant ($51,000)

Title: The Power of Water. In collaboration with Central Arkansas Water and the Little Rock School District.

Description:

Professional Development Institute:
Power of Water

Dates: June 12-15, 2017 Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm
June 19-21, 2017 Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm

Locations: UA Little Rock STEM Education Center, Central Arkansas Water facilities, and Lake Maumelle watershed

42 hours of summer professional development;
18 hours of follow-up professional development in Fall, 2017, via Zoom conferencing

Grades: 4th – 6th
Limited to 20 teachers
Registration deadline is May 1, 2017
Lunch Provided on all June dates and selected days in the Fall

Description:

The UALR STEM Education Center in collaboration with Central Arkansas Water and Little Rock schools is hosting The Power of Water for fourth, fifth, and six grade teachers June 12th – June 21st. The goals of the Power of Water are to increase teachers’ ability to plan effective instruction for students to learn (1) the relationship between water as a resource and human activity, (2) the impact of watershed management (protection) on water quality, (3) the engineering of systems to meet human needs for water, and (4) the importance of functions and water treatment processes.

During Week One teachers will spend two days on the UALR campus and two days in the Lake Maumelle watershed. During Week Two, teachers will spend one day on the UALR campus and two days in the CAW laboratories or properties. In Fall 2017, teachers will participate in follow-up PD sessions via Zoom video conferencing to create innovative lessons to use in their classrooms. Culminating activities will include teacher groups presenting their experiences, findings, and lessons at the Arkansas Curriculum Conference in Little Rock. Teachers will earn up to 60 professional development hours for this event.

Registration is limited to 20 teachers; priority given to LRSD teachers through May 1st.

Teachers will earn up to $1500 (based on attendance/# hours completed) plus up to $200 in instructional materials and $100 in books. Registration will be conducted via Google Forms and be available April 3rd.

Teachers will receive long-term classroom support from the UA Little Rock STEM Education science and math specialists

Commitment from Teacher:
1. Complete required 7-day summer professional development training;
2. Participate via Zoom video conferencing and possibly some f2f meetings totaling 18 hours of follow-up PD during Fall 2017.
3. Complete and submit all assignments and grant paperwork in a timely manner.
4. Allow classroom observations/support to implement the lesson/s developed for the grant during Fall 2017.

This project is funded in part by a federal grant under Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act (P.L. 107-110) administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. $56,223.00 (48.7%) of the cost of the project was financed with federal funds. $59,178 (51.3%) was provided by non-federal sources.

Opinions and findings expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U. S. Department of Education or the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, and no official endorsement by either of these agencies should be inferred.

The UA Little Rock STEM Education Center has science equipment, kits and modules available for checkout for FREE. Please contact Keith Harris at 501-569-8149 or krharris@ualr.edu for more information.

Targeted Girls STEM Conference Grant ($38,000)

Three, one-day Girls STEM Conferences at UA Little Rock in collaboration with Pulaski County Special School District, Little Rock School District, and North Little Rock School Districts.

State-Level Girls STEM Conference Grant ($4,750)

A one-day Girls STEM Conference at UA Little Rock in collaboration with rural school districts, private schools, and homeschooled students in central Arkansas [Currently under review.]

Science Materials Grant, Competition #7 ($6,000)

  • MLK Elementary School [Little Rock School District]
  • Sylvan Hills Elementary School [Pulaski Special School District]

2015-16 Academic Year

STEM Leadership for Girls Conference Grant ($4,950)

A one-day Girls STEM Conference at UA Little Rock in collaboration with 4-year, 2-year, and high schools in the central Arkansas region.

Science Materials Grant, Competition #6 ($6,000)

  • Stephens Elementary School [Little Rock School District]
  • Pinewood Elementary School [Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District]

2014-15 Academic Year

No Child Left Behind ($70,000)

Title: Science Education through Engineering Design Project. In collaboration with the Little Rock School District.

 Science Materials Grant, Competition #5 ($6,000)

  • Oak Grove Elementary [Pulaski County Special School District]
  • Pulaski Heights Elementary School [Little Rock Public Schools]
  • Pulaski Heights Middle School [Little Rock Public Schools]