Texarkana 4th graders experience STEM and college

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/14 2014 11:53AM

Updated 07/14 2014 12:02PM

Some of Texarkana's brightest and boldest fourth-grade students from TASD recently spent three days at the eSTEM Summer Enrichment Academy at Southern Arkansas University.

A total of 19 students from College Hill Elementary and Union Elementary in Texarkana, AR arrived July 8 at SAU for the three-day project-based learning experience.

Students were chosen by faculty and administration at their school based on who they thought would benefit the most from the attending the eSTEM academy.

Funding for the eSTEM Summer Enrichment Academy was made possible through a $14,000 grant written by the director of the SAU Educational Renewal Zone, Dr. Roger Guevara.

Guevara said, "It's not the size of the grant, but it's the impact it has. And this project has left a lasting impression on these kids."

Students learned and developed 21st century skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as language arts and writing skills. They also stayed in SAU's residence halls, enjoyed campus activities and worked with SAU teacher candidates and peer counselors.

Guidance counselor at Union Elementary Beverly Webb said, "They need these unique opportunities to help increase their learning and social experiences. The majority of the students involved in the eSTEM program will be first generation college students."  

Two of the instructors at the academy are Science Specialist Susan Johnson of the SAU STEM Center for K-12 Education, and Denise Merritt, STEM Center math specialist. 

Johnson said, "This type of program is the highlight of my summer because we get to work with the students.  It's all about the children."

For more information on how you can enrich the lives of Arkansas children or help sponsor life-changing initiatives, please contact Dr. Guevara at rcguevara@saumag.edu.

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