University Challenge

July 11-15, 2016

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

Each course in the UCA Challenge program will be offered for approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes per day. You will need to mail the entire brochure back. An email will be sent to confirm registration and will contain other general information. 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.

Pick-up & Drop-off Place and Times

You will receive an email confirming your registration.

Sessions Offered

A Mystery Requiring Forensic Investigation

This CSI-style session challenges the student investigators to solve the case of a missing millionaire. The investigators will explore many scientific tests using evidence from the crime scene. Investigators will experience real-life applications of science and the joys of scientific exploration.

Media Monsters

Did you know that IPod or MP3 ownership has gone from 18% to 76% among 8 to 18 year olds since 2004 and cell phone ownership has increased from 39% to 66%? Media is everywhere in our lives. So what is media? How does it affect me and the choices I make? Does it influence my daily occupations like eating and physical activity? Media Monsters will seek to answer these questions through experiential activities, including making your own commercial.

Rock’m, Sock’m Robots

Are robots are taking over the world? Learn how robots work, what they are good at doing and what they are not good at doing. We will build small robots and learn how to train them to do what we want them to do. The week will end with the Robot Olympics.

Program Fees

Students attending the UCA Challenge program for the five days will pay an enrollment fee of $175. No refund will be given after June 1, 2016. This will include enrollment in three extraordinary courses and a t-shirt.


University Challenge Registration Form


Each of the UCA Challenge 2016 faculty members have 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.