University Challenge

July 6-10, 2015

A science-based program for students entering 4th, 5th, and 6th grade in the Fall
Who May Attend?
Students who want to be challenged and are entering fourth, fifth, and sixth grade who share an interest in science-based topics may attend UCA Challenge. This summer program is designed to offer students an exciting, hands-on curriculum. We believe all students want to be challenged. UCA is ready to meet such an ambitious challenge with hands-on activities guaranteed to promote curiosity and fun.
Daily Schedule
All classes will be held at the University of Central Arkansas in the Doyne Health Science Center and Lewis Science Center. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up will be on the east side of the Lewis Science Center.
General Information
Students are encouraged to bring a backpack for their lunch and drinks. Class materials will be provided. A map of the university will be included in the registration packet to illustrate the drop-off and pick-up point for students.You will receive an email confirming your registration.
Sessions Offered

Of Cabbages & Chemistry – The idea that chemistry occurs only in labs will be dispelled as chemists use various materials to conduct tests on many common household chemicals. The chemists in this session will also create a neutral environment in the “chambers of a spaceship” to protect their alien friends.

Calling All Engineers – Imagine trying to fly a plane that won’t fly or working in a building that can’t stand the weight of 100 employees. The engineers in this session will learn all about what it takes to build and maintain various structures.

Ecology in your Backyard – What is an ecosystem? What makes one animal a consumer and another a producer? How does energy from the sun end up in our bodies? Aspiring young ecologists will have the opportunity to explore the complex interactions between wildlife and their environment through hands-on activities and scientific investigations both in the classroom and in the Jewel Moore Nature Reserve on campus. Come join us as we learn how food webs work, how decomposers cycle energy back to growing plants, how to create your very own ecosystem in a bottle and much more!
Program Fees
Students attending the UCA Challenge program for the five days will pay an enrollment fee of $175. This will include enrollment in three extraordinary courses and a t-shirt.
Each of the UCA Challenge faculty members has experience working with students in this age group and a high degree of knowledge in their given subject areas. It is the goal of each faculty member to make this an enjoyable learning experience. UCA Challenge is directed by Ms. Lisa Herrington.For more information about University Challenge, contact Lisa Herrington at or (501) 450-5456.