University Challenge


July 10-14, 2017

A science-based program for students entering 4th, 5th, and 6th grade

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 session in the UCA Challenge program will be offered for approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes per day. 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 west side of the Lewis Science Center, located in the parking lot behind the Farris 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 on the registration link to illustrate the drop-off and pick-up point for students.

An email will be sent to confirm registration and will contain other general information.

Pick-up & Drop-off Place and Times

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.

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 a part of a wild excursion of human discovery!

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!

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 sessions and a t-shirt. No refunds given after June 1st.


University Challenge Registration Form


Each of the UCA Challenge 2017 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) 450-5442.

Challenge Brochure 2017 (to register by mail)