STEM Institute Seeks Educators for STEM Core Team

The University of Central Arkansas STEM Institute is seeking 25 educators in grades 3-5 to join the STEM Core Team. This grant-funded, professional development training offers educators invaluable training and classroom materials in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The tenday training will offer grade-level appropriate resources and professional development activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Design elements will include the incorporation of multiple learning approaches (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic components) and the use of a progressive lesson format. This year’s focus is to connect with Common Core State Standards mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards.

The overall goal of the STEM Core Team is to integrate these areas into elementary schools so as to increase the probability of academic success. “This training is invaluable for educators to increase teachers’ content knowledge in STEM areas by at least 15%,” says Dr. Uma Garimella, Director of the UCA STEM Institute. The STEM Core team will also develop tailored integrated science lessons plans using the 5-E model, as well as connect the content to STEM careers.

In addition to training, educators will earn 60 professional development credit hours including six technology credits, $150 worth of teaching materials to implement classroom activities and up to $800 stipend for completing the course.

Tentative dates for the STEM Core Team begin with orientation on May 26, week one scheduled for June 18-21, and week two scheduled for July 23-26. One follow-up day will be announced at a later date. Registration for the training is $125 and lunch will be provided each day. Interested educators can find more information at


About STEM


STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM programs give students a more in-depth understanding of the core subjects than traditional programs provide. STEM programs may include education and teaching courses designed to train educators as well as science, technology, math and engineering degree programs