The TRIO Talent Search Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received two additional $40,000 awards from the U.S. Department of Education to support STEM-focused programs in Talent Search target high schools and middle schools in Pulaski County.
The TRIO Talent Search program and school officials will select students from these 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,” Linda Barker, UA Little Rock TRIO executive director said. “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.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the TRIO Talent Search Program at UA Little Rock assists first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged students to complete secondary school and enroll in post-secondary education programs. For a complete list of participating schools, visit the TRIO website.