Power of Water Institute III – Summer 2019

The UALR STEM Education Center in collaboration with Central Arkansas Water are excited to host the 3rd Annual Power of Water Institute for teachers. NEW this year, we will be offering TWO weeks ~ one for elementary/middle school teachers and one for high school teachers!


The goals of the Power of Water Institute III are to increase teachers’ ability to plan effective instruction for students to learn (1) the relationship between water as a resource and human activity, (2) the impact of watershed management (protection) on water quality, (3) the engineering of systems to meet human needs for water, and (4) the importance of the water treatment process.

Grades 4-8 teachers will spend four days at Central Arkansas Water facilities, including the Lake Maumelle watershed and the CAW Water Treatment Plant. The remainder of the week will be spent at UA Little Rock and will including field work in Coleman Creek, integration of Web 2.0 tools, modeling activities, and lesson plan development. Class times are roughly 8:30-3:30 daily for the week. Grades 7-12 teachers will spend five days on their CAW/UA Little Rock adventure at CAW, the watershed, and UA Little Rock.

In Fall 2019, teachers will (1) have the opportunity to participate in two follow-up sessions to further collaborate on project-based learning and 3-dimensional learning aligned to the Arkansas Science Standards and (2) have the option of planning a field trip for students to CAW. Teachers also will be supported to present at local and state-wide education conferences. In addition, teachers will receive long-term classroom support from the UA Little Rock STEM Education science and math specialists.

Teachers will earn up to $500 for the week (based on attendance/hours completed) plus up to $100 for the follow-up sessions. In addition, teachers will receive $150 allowance for instructional STEM materials and equipment. In total ~ teachers have the potential to earn $750 in stipend and STEM equipment and materials.

Teachers also will earn 24-30 ADE-approved professional development hours and up to 6 additional hours for the follow-up sessions. Registration is limited to 15 teachers for each session with a non-refundable registration fee of $50.

Please direct all questions to Kent Layton, Interim Director, STEM Education Center at kxlayton@ualr.edu.