STEM Education Grants discussion

The UA Little Rock School of Education will hold a discussion on STEM Education Grants on April 12 from 12-1pm in Ottenheimer Library room 535. Dr. Ann Robinson and Dr. Gail Hughes will share their experiences with STEM training, service, and research grants with an emphasis on the intersection of grants with student support and community engagement.

Dr. Gail Hughes and Dr. Tony Hall are Co-PIs of the NSF $1.2 million UA Little Rock Noyce Scholars Program providing paid summer internships and scholarships for STEM education students. Grant partners include Henderson Middle School, the Museum of Discovery, the Innovation Hub, and the Boys and Girls Club. Through two Department of Education (DOE) Grants, UALR K-4 Science Integration MSP Projects, Dr. Hughes, Dr. Hall, Ms. Kelly Chaney, Ms. Sandra Leiterman, Mr. Keith Harris, Ms. Kristy Kidd, Dr. Anne Lindsay, and Dr. Kent Layton provide 100 hours of annual science professional development. Dr. Hughes also served on the submission team led by Dr. Lashun Thomas for the pending NSF $649,796 UA Little Rock AIMES Scholars Program to recruit and mentor students into STEM careers.

Dr. Robinson and her research team investigate the effects of a STEM intervention on the achievement and engagement of Grade 1-5 students in engineering and science and their teachers’ talent spotting practices among young, low-income learners through the USDE-funded research and demonstration project, STEM Starters+. Dr. Robinson and Ms. Kristy Kidd of the Mahony Center are Co-PIs of, Girls in the Middle funded by Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE). Girls in the Middle is a collaboration with the Museum of Discovery and the Innovation Hub, to increase a sense of belonging in 7th grade girls who participate in the Duke-TIP Talent Search. Finally, Dr. Robinson, Dr. Christine Deitz and Mahony Center staff are responsible for a professional development contract from the Arkansas Department of Education for in-service and pre-service teachers preparing to teach Pre-AP and AP courses in all content areas, including biology, calculus, chemistry, environmental science, physics, and statistics.

The panel will provide a brief overview of the projects, lessons learned, and suggestions for incorporating grant work into support of students and the community, then reserve a substantial portion for a conversation about STEM Education Grants.

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