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Thomas Nuttall’s Journey across Arkansas and into Oklahoma- A Cross-curriculum STEM Teaching in the Classroom

This program is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest Region Program, coordinated by Illinois State University.

PI: Dr. Umadevi Garimella

Co-PI: Dr. Debra Burris

Amount: $20,000

This project will provide content and pedagogy training in using LC maps/photographs digital primary resources for twelve
4-12 grade social studies, science, and math teachers. These teachers will then use the training to write a 5E lesson plan to use with their students during the 2019–2020 school year while being mentored by grant faculty. The workshop will be held at UCA in the summer (24 summer training hours.) with two follow-up school visits/online meetings during academic year (12 hours follow-up work) and 2 classroom visits (4 hours).

UCA-Science in Action IX South Side and Wonderview 2018-19

Funding Agency: Arkansas Committed to Education Foundation and administered by the Arkansas STEM Coalition

PI: Dr. Umadevi Garimella

Amount: $6,600

Time period: 1/01/2019 – 12/30/2019

UCA STEM received the Commitment to Excellence Grant titled “UCA-Science in Action IX South Side and Wonderview 2018” for promoting STEM education in Arkansas classrooms grades 3-6. South Side and Wonderview elementary schools are the partner schools. Each received approximately $3,000 worth of science equipment based on the science content needs of the students and the teachers. The UCA science specialist, Nicole Martin, will provide the professional development necessary to increase the teachers’ content and instructional skills in science. The professional development will be provided at the school site and in the student classrooms with the teacher teaming with the content specialists to learn how to use the equipment and how to deliver inquiry-based lessons.