Centers and Community Outreach

The Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is proud to support and partner with numerous centers and programs.

CSTEM Centers

STEM Education Center

The UA Little Rock STEM Education Center is a vehicle to coordinate and connect activities across the campus with partners in K-12 schools and others interested in STEM. Supporting faculty, staff, and students who focus on STEM, the partnership sponsors events and activities to bring interested parties together and to feature best practices and innovations developed across the country in STEM Education.

George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center™ (EAC)

The George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center™ (EAC) at the UA Little Rock is a research center that houses an energetic group of faculty, researchers, and students performing innovative research in technology, infrastructure and applications for virtual reality, visualization, and interactive technologies. The UA Little Rock EAC was founded thanks to a generous grant from the George W. Donaghey Foundation. Its mission is to be a focus of applied research expertise and technology knowledge in the areas of immersive and interactive visualization for complex and big data applied to practical problems in industry, government, and research organizations.

CSTEM Outreach Programs

Central Arkansas Regional Science & Engineering Fair

The Central Arkansas Regional Science & Engineering Fair (CARSEF) is affiliated with the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair for 9th through 12th grade students and the Broadcom MASTERS national competition for 6th through 8th grade students.

For more information on this event, please visit the Central Arkansas Regional Science & Engineering website.


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) is affiliated with the Regeneron 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 sixteen county region.

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


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 year, Garver is the title sponsor of the Engineering Olympics.

The 2021 Engineering Olympics: Junior Division (grades 6th-8th) Competition will be February 27. Registration will be open soon! Please review the below rules for more information and registration forms.

2020 Engineering Olympics Rules

For more information about the 2021 Engineering Olympics, please contact Vernard Henley at 501-916-5215.


Arkansas Science Olympiad

The mission of the Arkansas Science Olympiad is to improve the quality of K-12 science education in the state of Arkansas as well as increase the interest in science and engineering among male, female, and minority students and provide recognition for outstanding achievement by both student and faculty members. These goals are accomplished by fostering competition and sportsmanship via the Science Olympiad tournaments, incorporating the Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum, faculty workshops, scholarships, and by stressing the fun and amazement of discovery.

For over 35 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation. Science Olympiad provides rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 7,500 teams in 50 states. The ever-changing lineup of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.

For more information on this event, please visit the Arkansas Science Olympiad Website.


TSA TEAMS CompetitionTSA Team Members

During National Engineers Week, we host the Junior Engineering Technical Society’s (TSA) Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) Competition. UA Litte Rock 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 2020, 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.

This year’s competition will be held on February 20, 2020. For registration please visit: teams.tsaweb.org

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


MATHCOUNTS Competition

Mathcounts LogoThe 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 UA Little Rock campus, and the top competitors advance to the state competition.  The winners of the state competition will represent Arkansas at the national competition in Orlando, Florida.

For more information or how to register please visit: https://www.mathcounts.org/

The 2020 Central Arkansas Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition will take place on February 15, 2020.

The 2020 Arkansas State Competition will be March 7.


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

UA Little Rock 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, students participate in an engineering competition.

For more information, please contact Vernard Henley at 501-916-5215.


BEST Robotics – Little Rock BEST

Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) is a national, six-week robotics competition held each fall designed to help interest middle school and high school students in possible engineering careers. The College of STEM sponsors Little Rock BEST, a hub for BEST that features two parallel competitions: a robotics game, which is based upon an annual theme with four teams competing at once in a series of three-minute, round-robin matches. The second competition is the BEST Award, which is presented to the team that best embodies the concept of Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology. Elements for the BEST Award include a project summary notebook, oral presentation, table display, and spirit and sportsmanship. To learn more visit Little Rock BEST.