UCA Challenge

UCA Challenge July 7-11, 2014

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. Students will choose 3 of the 4 sessions offered. Please indicate your choices by circling the sessions in which you would like to enroll. You will need to mail the entire application 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.
Sessions Offered Help, I'm Sinking!     Come along with us as we experiment with many objects to determine buoyancy. We will perform many hands-on experiments. Not only will young scientists figure out how to make a sinker into a floater, but the best 3 projects from each session will be awarded a prize. We will also be analyzing compositions of relatively common metal objects using density calculations. 1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th
The “Amazing” Body Race   Come be a contestant in our Amazing Body Race! Learn & explore the different systems as we race from one system to another to dig up the "amazing" facts. All contestants will be sure to part of a wild excursion of human discovery! 1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th
Spark your electric curiosity!   Have you ever wondered why…a bulb lights up, how to build an electric motor, or how a radio works? Here is your chance to explore these cool gadgets and learn how to build them. Design and build your own light flashing electric motor, send electric signals across the room, build a real working radio! 1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th
Archaeological Expedition   We will explore the chemistry and physics of prehistoric cultures as we mix paint based on 4,000 year-old recipes, produce fire from friction, throw an atlatl (spear), and use digital technology to study the past. We will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills through observation, discovery, and imagination as engagement and learning strategies. 1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th
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.
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.
Faculty  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: (501) 450-5456 MASH 129