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Elementary, My Dear Arkansans: Summer STEM Camps for K-6 Students

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Do you have kids interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics?  Did you know there are summer camps all over Arkansas where they can explore and learn while having tons of fun?  Here’s a quick list of K-6 grade level STEM camps by city.  Hurry, many of the registration deadlines are fast approaching!  If there are some that you know of please add them in the comments section so that other parents can find them.

Batesville

 TTauri Movie Camp (4th thru 12th grade students and parents) http://www.ttauri.org/workshop_overview.html

Conway

“Super Kids” at University of Central Arkansas (1st thru 3rd grade) http://uca.edu/ecse/super-kids/

“UCA Challenge” (4th thru 6th grade) http://uca.edu/ecse/univchallenge/

“Ridin’ Dirty With Science” at Hendrix College http://www.hendrix.edu/chemistry/chemistry.aspx?id=36386 

Fayetteville

Robotics Engineering Camp (rising 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th grade) http://www.engr.uark.edu/home/4927.php Application Deadline: May 9th

Hope

University of Arkansas Community College at Hope (1st thru 6th grade) http://www.uacch.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2014-kids-college-booklet.pdf Application Deadline: April 29th

Huntsville

Ozark Natural Science Center “Family Camp” (6th grade and up, Family) http://www.onsc.us/program-summer.php

Jonesboro

Arkansas State University Summer Scholars (Ages 4-8 and 9-12) http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e95v1afpde373804&llr=bvdnuweab

Arkansas State Summer Camp Academy “Mad Scientist” (3rd thru 6th grade) http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8ykxsy7441fe709&llr=bvdnuweab

Little Rock

Museum of Discovery “Discovery Camps” (Ages 6-8) http://museumofdiscovery.org/sites/default/files/2014%20Camp%20Brochure%20Web_1.pdf

Summer Science Discovery Program (Ages 6-12) http://cda.uams.edu/?id=8843&sid=51

 Magnolia

 *eSTEMA Summer Enrichment Academy @ Southern Arkansas University (4th grade and parents) http://www.asta.arkansas.gov/Pages/eventDetails.aspx?show=279 

 

Learning to Expect the Unexpected

ImageDuring the Fall 2012 semester I received an unsolicited email from a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech asking me if there were any internship opportunities available at my agency.  I asked around the office and discovered that a few other people had received the same email.  I was intrigued because it’s not often that you see an engineer express a desire to come work for a state agency on outreach and communications types of programs.  Little did I know that hiring Ben Rainwater would open the door to introducing the Texas Instruments LaunchPad to schools in Arkansas like Sonora Elementary through our partnership with the @EASTInitiative.  

Rainwater, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduate of the University of Arkansas’s College of Engineering, first learned about the EAST Initiative during his Spring 2013 #STEM internship with the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority’s ASSET Initiative, funded by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

After attending the 2013 EAST Conference in Hot Springs, February 27-March 1, 2013, Rainwater reached out to Texas Instruments where he had previously worked with the unit that produces the LaunchPad, a microcontroller development kit that helps you program every day kind of objects to perform a task.  Imagine being able to program a tiny computer to do something like turn off your stove remotely if you forgot to turn it off before leaving for your trip to The Grand Canyon.  After connecting the LaunchPad staff to the EAST staff, Rainwater was able to see one of his ideas take off as several EAST classrooms adopted the technology and put it to use with their 2013-2014 school year projects one of which won the prestigious Founder’s Award during the 2014 EAST Conference held in Hot Springs March 19-21, 2014.

Check out this video to see how 4th graders from #Arkansas Sonora Elementary EAST program use @TXInstruments #LaunchPad & more to solve real world problems!