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Summer Camp Spotlight: UofA Engineering Camps for 1st – 11th grades

Editors’ note: UofA College of Engineering Camp is a sponsor in the featured section of our 2017 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps & Activities Guide. This story offers additional information about the camps and contact info.

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Summer Camp Name:

University of Arkansas College of Engineering Camps

Age group:

Students currently enrolled in 1st through 11th grades

How to apply for engineering camps:

The College of Engineering camps will expose you to the various types of engineering through hands-on projects while having fun. You’ll need to complete an application, answering these questions:

  • Why do you want to attend an engineering summer program?
  • How did you become interested in engineering? Provide details about a field of engineering you find interesting.
  • What do you hope to learn from this summer program?
  • What is your desired career? What plans are you making to reach this career goal?

Click here to fill out an application

Where are the camps located?

Camps are in Batesville, Bentonville, Blytheville, Camden, and Fayetteville. These camps will give your kids a taste of what it’s like to spend time on a college campus while learning something new to help them in the future.

Camp options:

Discover Engineering Camp

Current 5th and 6th grade students are invited to dream, design, and discover at this week-long camp, offered in 5 locations throughout the state. Students will explore the many exciting areas of engineering with fun, hands-on activities. Camps are half a day, held from 8:00am-11:00am. Camps are offered in Batesville (June 19-23), Bentonville (June 12-16), Blytheville (June 26-30), Camden (June 26-30), and Fayetteville (June 12-16).

Explore Engineering Camp

Current 7th and 8th graders are invited to dive deeper into the different fields of engineering in this week-long camp, offered in 5 locations throughout the state. Students participate in more focused, complex activities that, in previous years, students have included robotics, electronics, roller coasters, chemical reactions, and much, much more! Camps are half a day, held from 1:30pm-5:00pm. Camps are offered in Batesville (June 19-23), Bentonville (June 12-16), Blytheville (June 26-30), Camden (June 26-30), and Fayetteville (June 12-16).

GirlTREC Camp

Current 5th and 6th grade girls are invited to spend a week on the University of Arkansas campus participating in hands on activities related to transportation—from roads to railroads to waterways in a camp funded by a US Department of Transportation grant. In addition to engineering activities, students will participate in field trips and will have the opportunity to meet with women in engineering. This is a full day camp (8:00am-5:00pm) on the UA campus and is offered July 10-14, 2017.

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Current 7th and 8th girls are invited to participate in hands-on engaging activities designed to allow them to explore the many fields of engineering while also working toward solutions for real world problems. In addition to engineering activities, students will participate in field trips and will have the opportunity to meet with women in engineering. This is a full day camp (8:00am-5:00pm) and is offered July 10-14, 2017.

FIRST® LEGO® League, Jr. Camps

Current 1st through 3rd grade students are invited to participate week-long FIRST® LEGO® League, Jr. program from design to competition on the University of Arkansas campus. This camp is offered July 10-14, 2017 and students can choose from a morning session (8:00am-11:30pm) or an afternoon session (1:30pm-5:00pm).

Robotics Engineering Camps

Current 4th through 7th grade students are invited to spend the week designing, building, programming, and testing LEGO® Mindstorms® robots on the University of Arkansas campus. This week-long camp is especially designed for students with little to no experience with Mindstorms® robots or who desire to improve their skills. The camp is offered June 19-23, 2017 and students can choose from a morning session (8:00am-11:30pm) or an afternoon session (1:30pm-5:00pm).

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Robotics Engineering Camp

Engineering Summer Academy

Current 9th through 11th grade students are invited to participate in this residential camp that allows students to explore one field of engineering in depth with College of Engineering faculty and students on the University of Arkansas campus. Students will select one of the following courses: 1) Biomedical Engineering, 2) Chemical Engineering 3) Introduction to Computing, or 4) Electrical Engineering. The Engineering Summer Academy will be held July 23-29, 2017.

Arkansas AIMS Prep Boot Camp

Want to get a head start on your AP classes? Are you a current Northwest Arkansas high school student (currently in 9th-1th grade)? Do you plan on taking AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, or AP Calculus? If the answer to these questions is YES, enroll in this week-long, full day camp held on the University of Arkansas campus from July 17-21, 2017.

Note: Need-based scholarships are available. Click here to complete the scholarship application.

Click here to apply for any of these camps and to read more!

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Beauty Buzz: Weather in NWA has Andi trying all the dry skin beauty products

By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode beauty editor and mama of 3

You may have been lured into a false sense of security — bolstered by the 70-degree weather and spring thunderstorms — that we were going to skip winter altogether this year…FOOL! That’s the weather speaking, not me; I think you’re brilliant.

Unfortunately, that attention hound Jack Frost decided to make an appearance after all. I’ve been running errands and freezing my tail off and a little bitter about it, in case you couldn’t tell.

This means, if you managed to avoid it thus far, you may still fall victim to the dreaded winter dry skin.

I can’t totally blame Jack for this because the real culprit is the dry heat pumping out of my vents and the alluring steamy hot showers. So, let me give you some tips on fighting back and hopefully you can make it to Spring Break without clawing your skin off.

First of all, you have to exfoliate. If you don’t already have a fave exfoliator, try Nip-Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub (Target, $8.50) for a non-abrasive chemical exfoliation. It claims to energize and awaken your skin with a fruity grapefruit scent. At least some part of me will be woke.

ExfoliantPersonally, my dry skin tends to creep up my forehead and invade my hairline and scalp, leaving me with unsightly flakes and a necessity to wear a hat every single day of winter. Seriously, I could have Voldemort under there, you would never know. Enter my all-time new favorite hair product L’Oreal Ever Fresh Micro-Exfoliant Scrub.

If I were to have another kid (knock on wood) I would name it L’Oreal Micro Scrub.

After one application I had to hunt to find a flake and my hair felt so much bouncier not being weighed down by all that crud. Even if you don’t have dry skin, but use dry shampoo, please get this. I think you would be surprised how much build up you have under your luscious locks.

Don’t worry about hurting your tried and true moisturizers feelings by switching to a heavier cream during the winter months, or even just supplementing at night. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for Extra Dry Skin (Target, $18) has a soothing, cooling texture that your tortured skin will love.

hydro gelFor extra dry spots, like around your nose and lips, applying coconut oil or Aquaphor at night will help repair the damage already done.

Classic Flat StanleyIf you have the good luck to be traveling somewhere tropical for Spring Break this year, I am envious.

Please take my picture with you so I can pretend to be relaxing at a resort, not crammed into my bed with three little humans during another bedtime thunderstorm.

At this point I will settle for a Flat Stanley vacation over nothin’.

Happy Spring-ish Break, Mamas!

Andi, 150Andi Douglas is a mama of three and loves to play with makeup and other beauty supplies. She likes to try new products and services in the name of beauty editor here at nwaMotherlode.

Kids@Play: Parenting workshop Wednesday night

category-logo-kidsplay1This year we kicked off a new series (and a new category) here on nwaMotherlode.com called Kids @ Play. It’s sponsored by the Amazeum and it’s designed to give all of us new ideas for creating fun (and educational) play experiences for kids and parents. (To see a collection of all the videos, click here to see them now.)

This month’s video was made just for parents. Click the play arrow below to get some easy, practical ideas for ways you can help reduce your child’s anxiety when you’re in a tense situation — like waiting on a doctor’s appointment or going into any situation that makes your kid nervous.

For more hands-on parenting tips, register for tomorrow’s workshop called “Parent Cafe.” It will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Amazeum. Registration and payment are required for this adults-only workshop. Click here for more info.

Coming up next week! Remember that the Amazeum is hosting a Spring Break program next week called “Imagination Staycation.” There will be a giant giraffe in the lobby (made of pool noodles), a huge cardboard maze and some fun learning activities, like how elephants brush their teeth! The activities will be different each day, so plan to make multiple trips throughout Spring Break to get in on the fun.

Click HERE for more info on Spring Break at the Amazeum.

If you’re looking for fun summer camps, the Amazeum is hosting several of those, too. There are camps for different age groups, ranging from age 6 up to age 16. Click HERE for info about the Amazeum’s Summer Camp program.

The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families located in Bentonville, Ark. A science-based museum, the Amazeum encourages creativity, curiosity and community through exhibits, educational collaboration, and programs, workshops and camps. Amazeum experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, tinkering hub, nearly one acre of outdoor space, and ever-evolving daily pop-up activities. Click here to find out more about the Amazeum’s first Mini Camp on January 16th. For more information, visit amazeum.org.

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Giveaway: Tickets to Grug & the Rainbow at Walton Arts Center

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Happy Monday, mamas! Heads up, we’ve got 4 FREE tickets for a local family to see the show Grug & the Rainbow at Walton Arts Center!

The show will be on Saturday, April 8th at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Mamas, this show is back by popular demand! Windmill Theatre Company travels all the way from Australia to present the story of Grug, who looks like a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose and who began his life as the grassy top of a Burrawang tree.

Fascinated by the world around him and full of determination, Grug embarks on an epic journey to find a rainbow that always seems just beyond his grasp. Featuring exquisite puppetry, bopping tunes and gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world, this show will draw your child into the delightful world of Grug. Perfect for even the youngest theatergoers.

Best for ages 1+

Here’s a short video so you can see what the show will be like:

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these 4 tickets to see Grug & the Rainbow, click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then write a quick comment telling us about something that delights your kids right now. A certain tv show? Puppies at the park? Playing with bubbles? The tickle monster?

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

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BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Instagram. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

We’ll choose the winner on Friday! If you want to go ahead and grab tickets to this show, CLICK HERE to visit the Walton Arts Center page with more details.

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Mealtime Mama: Bread and Butter Pudding with Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce

mealtime-mama-category-sponsor-banner-2017Happy Monday, mamas! Welcome to the middle of March. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Friday, so we’re celebrating the Irish with this week’s recipe, which we found on the Harps website. It sounds SO good. Most kids love bananas and pudding, and there are only two tablespoons of Irish whiskey in this one so we think it’s pretty tame. ;-) Hope you enjoy it!

Click HERE to get a printer-friendly version of this recipe.

Bread and Butter Pudding with Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce

Ingredientsbread and butter pudding irish whiskey cream

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 4 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
  • 10 slices white bread
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinammon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • Hot water

Whiskey sauce ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.st-patricks-day-2130023_640 (2)

Spray an 8- inch square baking dish with cooking spray. In a small bowl, cover raisins with hot water and soak for 10 minutes.

Butter the bread, remove crusts and cut each slice in half diagonally. Arrange half of the bread, buttered side up, in the prepared pan. Drain the raisins and sprinkle over bread. Arrange remaining bread over the raisins.

Stir milk, 1 cup cream, granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium saucepan over medium heat until mixture begins to boil, 5 to 7 minutes; stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract and beaten eggs. Pour custard over bread, cover with aluminum foil and let sit for 10 minutes before placing in the oven.

Place covered dish in a 13 x 9- inch baking pan. Place the pan in the oven and pour enough hot water into pan to come 2/3 up the sides of the baking dish. Bake until custard is set, 50 to 55 minutes. Remove the foil covered pudding from the oven leaving the water-filled pan to cool inside the oven before removing.

Whiskey Sauce:
Stir 1 3/4 cups cream in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until liquid just begins to boil. Remove from heat.

Whisk 2 tbsp granulated sugar and egg yolks in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Whisk egg mixture into cream. Place pan over low heat and stir constantly until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Stir in whiskey. Spoon warm sauce over each serving of pudding.

For more meal inspiration, click here to check out the HUGE collection of recipes on the Harps website. You can register (for free) on the site and save all your favorites (or share one with a friend) by clicking one button. It’s super easy to search for ingredients, and we love how organized the recipe collection is. While you’re there, sign up to use the Harps Digital Coupon program. (No more forgetting your paper coupons at home!) Just enter your phone number at checkout and your coupons will be applied to the total. It’s so easy, and it’s one more reason we love shopping at Harps.

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