This Is Our Town

Special Topics in Astronomy: Geocaching (PHYS  5304):3hr Graduate course at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA)

Project Title: This is Our Town: Using Geocaching as a Portal to Cross-curriculum Teaching   in the Classroom

Project Director: Umadevi Garimella

Faculty: Dr. Debra Burris, UCA Dept. Of Physics and Astronomy

Federal Funding: Library of Congress, Illinois State University


UCA is offering a graduate course that will use Library of Congress’s digital primary sources and geocaching as a portal to cross-curriculum teaching in the K-12 classroom. This content-rich course: “This is Our Town” will be offered in summer 2013 to ten 4-12 grade public and private math and science in-service teachers. Participants will have an opportunity to develop lesson plans and teaching materials for use in their future classrooms. The course will have more than 30 hours of training that includes a three-day intensive 2013 summer program (18hrs) followed by two one-day (12hrs) follow-up sessions during the 2013-2014 academic year. Participant teachers will be required to submit portfolios of all the lessons developed.

Term: Summer II 2013Course Number: PHYS 5304; CRN# 33434

Steps to register for the class:

Apply to the UCA graduate program.

1. Currently active UCA graduate students may register themselves now

If you have QUESTIONS call the graduate office 501-450-3124 to check your status.

2. Applicants who have graduated from UCA in the past, have attended UCA as a non-degree graduate student in the past, or who have never attended UCA in the past must ALL apply and pay the application processing fee. ( GRANT WILL NOT PAY THE APPLICATION FEES)

3. Click on Online Application.
4. YOU SHOULD select NON-DEGREE for the program of study and put PHYS 5304 in answer to the non-degree question.
5. Students who have not previously been admitted to the university’s Graduate School must submit a transcript showing a bachelor’s degree awarded.
Graduate School
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue
Torreyson West 328
Conway AR 72035

Once you get the graduate student status, go to UCA website and login to “My UCA” account and register for the course (Summer II 2013; PHYS 5304 CRN# 33434)

If you have any questions contact us:
email:; office phone: 501-450-5663