The TRIO Talent Search Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received two $40,000 awards from the U.S. Department of Education to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs at high schools and middle schools in Pulaski County.
Talent Search, one of eight programs collectively known as the Federal TRIO Programs, is uniquely designed for students traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, including first-generation college students and other at-risk youth. The Talent Search Program will provide a comprehensive plan of activities for each participating student that identifies and explores future academic and career aspirations and provides plans for financial assistance, financial planning, and opportunities for engagement to bolster postsecondary enrollment.
The TRIO Talent Search program and school officials will select students from participating Pulaski County schools to participate in this unique curriculum. These STEM-focused programs include hands-on learning experiences in virtual reality applications, robot building, basic coding skills, web development, and various engineering applications.
“We are very excited to receive the STEM funds,” said Linda Barker, UA Little Rock TRIO executive director. “The awards present an opportunity to partner with the existing STEM programs at UA Little Rock. The hands-on experiences will give students confidence in their ability to succeed in science and math courses.”
Students and teachers in the STEM programs will also travel to different sites around central Arkansas to learn about STEM majors and career fields, including UA Little Rock, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Central Arkansas, and other sites identified through the Arkansas STEM Coalition. The goal of this program is to allow students, parents, and teachers to learn more about STEM fields and careers in central Arkansas.