ScienceWise Courses

Select a course title to view more details about the course. From the detail page you can download the course syllabus, which includes requirements for graduate credit and Missouri and Kansas standards. All are professional development courses for teachers. Courses are held at Union Station in the Resource Room unless otherwise noted. 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Cost is $15/ 4 hour course or $45/ 12 hour course.

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Patty Dailey & Pam Stepp

Come play with us and find out the types of engineering that you are probably already doing with your students. Learn about the Engineering Design Process and how important it is for today's students. Get ALL STUDENTS involved and inspired in STEM! Teachers will work through a variety of challenges that involve problem solving and critical thinking skills such as creating a submersible, a dancing robot and rockets. 

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Eric Langhorst

The Maker culture is becoming more and more prevalent in educational settings. It provides opportunities for students to create and experiment. These skills can be applied to all grade levels and content areas. Create and build several projects in class. Bring your laptop and imagination to explore Maker culture in the classroom. 

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Charlotte McDonald

Learn how the Next Generation Science Standards(NGSS) are used in the classroom to teach life science concepts. Students need to be engaged in order to learn concepts in the new NGSS. You will actively learn by doing activities and investigations to gain understanding of the life science concepts in the NGSS. 

Sat, 11/01/2014 (All day) - Sun, 11/30/2014 (All day)
Brittan Wilson, Ph.D.

Use the urban resource available to you to assess and illustrate biological concepts. Design new inquiry based activities taht can be incorporated into your classroom using the urban environment specific to your location. Each module will inquiry activities and formative assessments that can be used to help incorporate these lessons into your larger units. Included modules are "Bacterial Buddies-Friends or Foes?", "The Creepy Crawlies-Neighborhood Insect Diversity and Food Webs" and "The Human Animal-What is Your Niche?"

Sat, 11/01/2014 (All day) - Sun, 11/30/2014 (All day)
Scott McQuerry

Did you know that you do more work writing your name on a piece of paper than you would try to push a car up a hill? Were you aware that your teeth are the perfect example of a simple machine? If not, the is course is perfect for you! In addition to learning about all six simple machines, you will also explore how various parts of your body act like simple machines. 

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Patty Dailey & Pam Stepp

STEM vs. STEAM? how do you add "Art" to STEM and make it work? In what ways do these disciplines work together? Join us to learn how and create a variety of prototypes that you can use in your classroom including artbots, musical math, soft circuits, light play and so much more!

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Sally Bell & Claudine Lamb

Come join the fun at Burr Oaks Woods! Spend a Saturday with MO Department of Conservation in a hands-on environment using Project WET, a nationally acclaimed resource to get a "new direction" in teaching the science standards. Constructing explanations, analyzing data and using evidence to find solutions will be utilized in activities involving water education, watersheds, ecosystems, habitats and populations. Walk away with lessons for Monday....See you there! This is an 8 hr course. 

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Nancy Smith

"I will huff and puff and blow your house down!" do you want this to happen to you? Join us for engineering explorations as we learn about the engineering process to plan, build, and test our houses against the wolf. Added to the excitement will be hands-on learning with marshmallow launchers and incorporating the use of building materials in your classroom. Leave with fun and engaging lesson ideas, interactive journal ideas, and hands-on learning center ideas. Don't miss out by the "hair of your chinny, chin, chin." 

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Tyler Watts

Creative computing is about creativity, imagination and interest. Create your own games and animations in Scratch. learn how a computer thinks, how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system and how data of various types can be represented and manipulated digitally. Record your own screencasts to empower student learning. Leave knowing how to introduce coding to students in a positive, impactful and inspirational manner.

Thu, 01/01/2015 (All day) - Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day)
Scott McQuerry

Have you ever wondered why some areas of the Earth contain hundreds of miles of trees that shed their leaves in the fall while other areas seem to be overrun with nothing but massive evergreens? And what about the huge difference in plant and animal life each of these habitats contain? Sign up for Habitats of the Earth and you will be able to identify these unique features among all of our world's habitats. In addition, you will also learn how each of these habitats interact with each other to make up our global environment. 

Thu, 01/01/2015 (All day) - Sat, 01/31/2015 (All day)
Ollie Bogdon, Ph.D.

What is YOUR cosmic connection to the elements? Chemical elements surround us and are a part of us. Look at the chemistry that governs Earth and its biology as we explore Earth and other celestial compositions using NASA's Imagine the Universe resources. Play a little with astronomy and physics and Carl Segan's famous quote, "To make an apple pie from scratch you must first invent the universe." This quote will have new meaning to you by the end of the course! You can either go into a detailed chemistry exploration with this course, or focus on the inquiry process of exploring things that most people do not understand, and learn a little cosmic chemistry in the process!

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Nancy Smith

Does the song, "I Like to Move It, Move It" from the movie Madagascar stick in your head? If so, join us for an evening of Force and Motion fun as we engage in hands-on learning activities featuring gravity, force, inertia, push/pull, etc. This session also features ideas on how to incorporate literature, learning centers, and interactive journals in your classroom within the topic of Force & Motion. Walk-away from the night with a packet of ideas and resources to readily use in your classroom. come and "Move It, Move It" with us! 

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Linda Davidson, Ph.D.

Learn easy to implement strategies that will help each learner get the most out of the content text they read and reinforce learning in meaningful ways. Participants will learn specific strategies so they can incorporate reading into their curriculum without stopping to "teach" reading. 

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Patty Dailey

Kids love to get down and dirty in science! Give them what they need as you experience a science-based integrated unit involving plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, rock types, mineral identification, soil, caves and fossils. Walk away with hands-on activties that will "rock" the world of your students.

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Mary Coogan & Rosemary Camp

What do pool noodles, colored lights and poetry have to do with the periodic table? Join us for a series of engaging activities designed to increase familiarity with theories of atomic structure, arrangement of elements on the periodic table, and knowledge of chemical bonds. This interactive session will include "everything you ever wanted to know" about atoms, elements, bonding and the periodic table.