Power Box: Energy Education Project-Based Learning Kits

The VICTER Power Box is a professional development for teachers to learn and bring new concepts about our nation's 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 is designed to cover three areas: (1) the nature of energy; (2) how energy is generated; and (3) how energy is used. Each Power Box contains the necessary materials, equipment, and reference information that teachers need to implement this tool in their classrooms. Included in each box is a guide with examples of classroom activities to utilize vocabulary terms, ideas on creative notebooking, and a supplemental materials list along with science kits, reading materials and a DVD set. 

 

Diversity Outreach Activities

Wonders of Wattage Diversity Outreach Initiative -

VICTER Diversity Outreach is led by T.A. Walton who has set his eye on helping K12 students in under-represented parts of the state, especially the Delta and Northwest Arkansas. In the upcoming year we plan on visits all across the state.  The College of Engineering and College Access Initiative program in the Diversity Office have teamed up to enhance the education and opportunity awareness in these regions. Walton is an integral part of this team with his Wonders of Wattage Mobile Lab. This lab is taken to various locations to help demostrate electricty/power concepts to the students. Also, being from the Delta himself, the contacts that Walton brings to the project are considered invaluable. Walton balances these duities with his responsibilities as the managing director of the university’s National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission.

 

Research & Technology Park Tours-

T.A. Walton initiated a high school visit for the Lee County High School of Marianna, Arkansas on April 6 - 7. This visit was supported by the Chancellor's Council on Diversity via Bryan Hill, the Assistant Dean of Recruitment. Thirty seven students and five chaperones visited all that the University of Arkansas had to offer including: BEC, HiDEC, NCREPT/GRAPES and Nanotechnology. These students gained a greater understanding of engineering scholarships, how important ACT testing and preparation is, and the University of Arkansas's Honors College. These high school students then spent time with current students from the University to learn about Fayetteville from a students eye. Also, Forrest City High School brought over fourty students to the University's campus to better prepare them for college. Both of these visits are only the beginning as more schools have scheduled tours throughout the year. The main goal of these student visits is to encourage and promote the learning of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics at a young age.

 

George Washington Carver Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates-

The George Washington Carver Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates is in its 15th year at the University of Arkansas. This REU is part of the Graduate School and International Education's recruitment program to find outstanding students of historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and Hispanic-serving institutions for selected undergraduate internship positions. This REU offers internships where expenses are fully paid from federal grants awarded to the faculty and each student will receive a stipend. Opportunities for internships are available in: business administration, communication disorders, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science/engineering, electrical engineering and plant pathology.

At the Fayetteville campus summer program, undergraduate students work with faculty and graduate students in research labs and gain valuable knowledge of attending graduate school. Also, the students return home with the understanding that they too may be apart of the growing academic community which is a mindset that most students do not experience.

 

Click the link below to access additional outreach and VICTER WOW Mobile Lab information.

http://ncrept.uark.edu/6379.php