UA Little Rock hosts 2019 summer camps

Participants in UA Little Rock's Young Writers Camp offer positive affirmations to inspire their fellow campers to read aloud in front of the group. Photo by Lonnie Timmons III/UA Little Rock Communications.

Looking for an engaging summer program to keep a motivated student academically challenged, or interested in having a student explore a new interest? 

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is hosting a variety of summer camps in musical theatre, writing, robotics, athletics, advanced placement preparation, as well as the 40th anniversary of the Summer Laureate University for Youth (SLUFY) for gifted and talented students.

Young Writers Camp

Dates: June 17-21, 8 a.m. to noon

Grades: 3-6

Cost: $125

Contact: Pam Maisen, 501-951-6574

Emerging Writers Institute

Dates: June 24-28, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Grades: 6-8

Dates: June 24-28, 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Grades: 9-12

Cost: $125

Contact: Greg Graham, gxgraham@ualr.edu

MT Stage: The Hamilton Experience

Dates: June 17-21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grades: 7-9

Cost: Free

Applications: Due May 10

Contact: 501-569-3410 or giftedcenter@ualr.edu

Summer Laureate University for Youth (SLUFY)

Dates: July 8-19, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Grades: K-8

Cost: $300

Applications: Due May 1

Contact: 501-569-3410 or giftedcenter@ualr.edu

AP (Advanced Placement) PREP Boot Camp

Dates: July 22-25, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Grades: 10-12

This camp is for Arkansas high school students enrolled in advanced placement courses in biology, calculus, chemistry, and language for fall 2019.

Applications: Due April 30

Cost: Free

VEX Robotics

Each VEX Robotics camp costs $175 and includes a T-shirt, snacks, and robotics competition on the final day of camp. Contact Sandra Leiterman at saleiterman@ualr.edu for more information.

Neva Dagtas (middle) of Little Rock celebrates as her robot, "Walle Jr.," wins the robotics camp competition for fifth and sixth graders. Photo by Lonnie Timmons III/UA Little Rock Communications.
Neva Dagtas (middle) of Little Rock celebrates as her robot, “Walle Jr.,” wins the robotics camp competition for fifth and sixth graders. Photo by Lonnie Timmons III/UA Little Rock Communications.

VEX IQ for beginners

Dates: Session 1: June 24-28, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Dates: Session 2: June 24-28, 1 to 4 p.m.

Grades: 3-8

This camp will be centered around the VEX IQ robotics kit used by many schools in Arkansas. This camp will focus on introducing students to VEX IQ robotics components, programming methods, and construction techniques.

Girl Powered VEX EDR

Dates: July 8-12, 1 to 4 p.m.

Grades: Girls 6-12

The purpose of VEX Girl Powered camp is to encourage new experiences, a diverse culture, and a more encompassing definition of what a roboticist looks like. In an effort to encourage more middle school and high school girls to participate in robotics, this camp is a girls-only session.

VEX EDR

Dates: July 15-19, 1 to 4 p.m.

Grades 6-12

This camp explores the worlds of engineering, robotics, and coding with the VEX Robotics Design System. Students get hands-on experience building a frame and base for the robot and engineer its wiring. Teams must adapt their robots to compete in user-piloted challenges and obstacle courses as well as autonomous robot challenges requiring programming using the ROBOTC software.

VEX IQ – Advanced session

Dates: Session 1: July 8-12, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Dates: Session 2: July 15-19, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Grades: 3-8

This camp is for students already familiar with VEX IQ robotics, either through their school, last year’s camp, or by attending Sessions 1 or 2. This camp will focus on advanced building and programming strategies, including the use of sensors.

Trojan Athletics summer camps

Trojan Swim Academy

Contact: Amy Burgess, amburgess1@ualr.edu

Session I: June 3-6, June 10-13, Ages 4-14, $75 for eight lessons

Session 2: June 17-20, June 24-27, Ages 4-14, $75 for eight lessons

Session 3: July 8-11, July 15-18, Ages 4-14, $75 for eight lessons

Session 4: July 22-25, July 29 to Aug. 1, Ages 4-14, $75 for eight lessons

Session times of 4:30-5 p.m., 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m., 5:30-6 p.m., and 6-6:30 p.m. are available for children ages 4-14.

The special 6:30-7 p.m. session is for adults only.

Darrell Walker Basketball Camp

Contact: Logan Dahms, lmdahms@ualr.edu

Session 1: June 17-20

Session 2: June 24-27

Session 3: July 8-11

Individual Mini Camp: Ages 5-8, 8-11:30 a.m. $100-$120

Individual Regular Camp: Ages 9-17, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., $200-$220

Joe Foley Basketball Camp

Contact: Steve Wiedower, slwiedower@ualr.edu,

Mini Camp: June 10-12, Grades 1-4, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $70

Individual Camp: June 10-12, Grades 5-12, 12:30-5:30 p.m., $90

Advanced Skills Camp: June 15-16, Grades 9-12, $100

Van Compton Volleyball Camp

Contact: Van Compton, 501-607-2056

Hitter/Setter Camp: June 24-25, Grades 8-12, $50

Serve/Serve Receive Camp: June 26-27, Grades 8-12, $50

Defensive Specialist Camp: June 28-29, Grades 8-12, $50

Individual Camp: July 8-11, Grades 4-12, $150

Advanced Skills Camp: July 12-13, $75-$150

Senior High Team Camp: July 22-23, $50

Junior High Team Camp: July 24-25, $50

Little Rock Soccer Academy

Contact: Audra Larson, ablarson@ualr.edu

Day Camp: June 10-14, 9-11 a.m., Ages 5-14, $120

Individual Camp: June 14-15, Grades: Girls 8-12, $100

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