LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas students in 6th-12th grades will have the opportunity to participate in interactive science programs this summer through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Although the continuing COVID-19 pandemic prevents in-person activities, UAMS’ Kevin D. Phelan has devised a plan to offer three ArkanSONO STEM summer science enrichment programs using Zoom video conferencing.

For middle-high school students there will be a weekly series of STEM Career webinars in which students can interact with a basic science cancer researcher, emergency medicine physician, plant biologist, nurse, architect and many other STEM professionals. The webinars will be each Wednesday from noon-1 p.m., June 2-July 28.

Middle and high school students can also participate in a weekly series of anatomy and technology webinars with sessions that focus on the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, computerized tomography, ultrasound and histology.

The first session on the cardiovascular system will include the use of skeletons, heart models, pig/sheep hearts, 3D reconstructions of normal and pathological human hearts using the SECTRA Education Portal, and live ultrasound scanning of a human heart on a standardized patient.

These sessions will be each Tuesday afternoon from 1-2:30 p.m., June 15-27.

For junior/senior high school and college students there will be a four-part Anatomy and Histopathology I: Focus on Cancer Webinar series.

The ArkanSONO program is partnering with Cancer Research Training & Education at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute for this event. The webinars will provide a general survey of the anatomy, histology and histopathology of various organ systems with a focus on cancer.

Major cancers to be covered in this webinar series include skin, breast, lung, prostate, pancreatic, colorectal, cervical/ovarian/endometrial and kidney/bladder.

The sessions will utilize models, cadaveric specimens, virtual human dissector programs, 3D reconstructions of CT scan in patients on the SECTRA Education Portal, ultrasound imaging of organs in standardized patients, and virtual histology and histopathology resources.

The sessions will be from 2-4 p.m. Mondays, June 7-28.

For more information and to register for these programs visit bit.ly/3eLizWo.