Professional Development for Teachers

The UCA STEM Institute is a non-profit organization. Cost to the Local Education Agency (LEA) will be limited to covering the actual cost for the services provided. In general, the 1/2 day professional development program, with one presenter is approximately $400 plus travel expenses and a full day program with one presenter is approximately $750 plus travel expenses.

In depth training cost depends on the length of the training and the number of teachers to be served. UCA STEM Institute will negotiate these contracts based on the needs of the individual site. UCA STEM Institute will always strive to provide this type of service for as little cost to the LEA as possible.

Professional Development Programs provided by UCA STEM Institute:

PD for Teachers


VICTER Power Box

The VICTER Power Box is a professional development for teachers to learn and bring new concepts about our nations power grid back to the classroom. The VICTER Power Box is a fully developed, hands-on set of classroom activities that breaks down energy and sustainability concepts. This series of the Power Boxes will be designed to cover three areas: (1) the nature of energy; (2) how energy is generated; and (3) how energy is used. Other issues will be added as the project develops and needs in additional areas are recognized. The teachers will be given access to the necessary materials, equipment, and reference information that will be needed to implement this tool in their classrooms. Also, these teachers will receive professional development workshops beforehand that will teach them how to effectively use the Power Box with their students.  These workshops will provide lesson plans which will follow a constructivist model where the students are active participants in the learning process.


BIOTECH-in-a- Box (Grades 7-12)

The main outreach activity of Plant-Powered Production, BTNB provides the teacher and classroom with a fully developed hands-on set of classroom activities that integrate current plant biotechnology techniques with topical issues in DNA analysis, biofuels, environmental and agricultural sustainability, and the Arkansas educational frameworks. The “box” includes all supplies, instruments, protocols, and a teacher’s manual. The BTNB enables access to instrumentation typically beyond a teacher’s budget, with instructions and protocols that ensure that both the equipment and experiments work in a grade-appropriate manner in the classroom. The kit is typically checked out for two weeks to a teacher and then resupplied for the next user. The teachers must be trained and certified for each BTNB.  For more information on this outreach program.



The following workshops are structured as 1-hour overviews or full implementation workshops. Three-hour non-degree graduate credit is available for 45 contact hours. They can be presented as 2-hour to 3-hour short workshops, 6-hour (full day) workshops or, week in-service trainings 45 contact hours – non-degree graduate credit available)

TI – Explorer
TI – Math Mate
TI – 73
TI – 83 and TI – 83 plus
TI – 92 and TI – 92 plus
TI – 86
Calculator Based Lab (CBL)
Calculator Based Ranger (CBR)


Our PRIME PURPOSE here at UCA STEM Institute is to assist Arkansas Educators in their pursuit for excellence in education. We stay on the “cutting edge” with our training services, and have a place to include a variety of programs, projects and information that do not “fit” in the other categories. Below we have listed some examples:

Engineering is Elementary (EIE)
Build It
Why Whale
TI – 73
TI – Explorer
TI – Math Mate
TI – 83 and TI – 83 plus


Programs can be designed to meet the individual needs of the LEA. Contact Dr. Uma Garimella by phone at (501)-450-5663 or e-mail at