ScienceWise Courses

2013-14 Courses are being updated! 

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 Training Room NW 4th Floor unless otherwise noted. 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Cost is $15/ 4 hour course or $45/ 12 hour course.

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Tue, 10/15/2013 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Patty Dailey & Pam Stepp

Using the award-winning PBS Kids SciGirls television series curriculum, teachers and afterschool providers will learn about the Engineering Design Process. Using strategies that target getting ALL STUDENTS involved and inspired in STEM, teachers will work through a variety of challenges that involve problem solving and critical thinking skills.
**This course is part of a series of three coures to complete the "SciGirls Engineer It" activity guide. Teacher can take individual courses or all three in the Engineer It series. Teachers who take all three courses will receive copies of the activity guide and DVD.

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 12:00am - Sat, 11/30/2013 - 12:00pm
Scott McQuerry

True or False: All radiation is harmful; humans cannot see radiation; and heat always rises. If you said "true" to any of these statments, you will definitely benefit from this new course in the Our Physical World Series. Explore why these three statements are false as you uncover the truth about radiation!

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 12:00am - Sat, 11/30/2013 - 12:00pm
Scott McQuerry

"The name's Bond, Ionic Bond. Taken, not shared..." Electrons are the main players in this online exploration into the subatomic world. Nearly everything we see, feel, and taste is bound together through the transfer of electrons. Sometimes they are "taken," sometimes they are "shared," but they always end up in predictable patterns we see as solids, liquids, and gases. 

Sat, 11/09/2013 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Debbie Kingsbury & Karen Overstreet

You will participate in a variety of NASA hands-on activities to teach the moon phases, earth and moon geology, and moon landforms. Have your studnets get involved with NASA to selecct their own pictures of the moon's surface with MoonKam. Also, teachers will see actual moon rocks, meteorites, and soil collected from our moon by NASA astronauts. 

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Patty Dailey & Pam Stepp

Teachers will work through creating shadow puppets with simple and complex linkages, as well as fixed and moving pivots. Assemble a variety of puppets whose movements mimic those found in all kinds of machines, appliances, and gadgets. Those and more activities will involve problem solving and critical thinking skills using the Engineering Design Process.
**This course is part of a series of three coureses to complete the "SciGirls Engineer It" activity guide. Teachers can take individual courses or all three in the Engineer It series. Teachers who take all three courses will receive copies of the activity guide and DVD. 

Sat, 11/16/2013 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Dr. Linda Davidson

Come explore and learn how to engage yoru students in the NGSS crosscutting concepts of structure and function within the content of living things. How does the shape and structure of a living organism determine its function within its envrionment and its interdependence on other organisms? You will gain new ideas and activities to take bakc to your classroom to implement tomorrow!

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Patty Dailey & Pam Stepp

How do you create a working windmill? Can you build a home ato keep your penguin alive? Utilize YOUR problem solving and critical thinking skills as you work with the Engineering Design Process with these and more project. **This course is part of a sereies of three courses to complete the "SciGirls Engineer It" activity guide. Teachers can take individual courses or all three in the Engineer It series. Teachers who take all three courses will receive copies of the activity guide and DVD. 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 12:00am - 12:00pm
Scott McQuerry

Nature has an interesting way of maintaining balance within a habitat. If you are going to learn about food webs and food chains, you must learn how the balance between producers and consumers is generated. Be prepared through...you may not like the answer. in this courses, you go beyond the basics of herbivores and carnivores to explore how the efforts of conservation and nature itself preserve the delicate balance of our natural world. 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 12:00am - 12:00pm
Ollie Bogdon,Ph.D.

Explore exciting ways you can bring technology into your classroom to enhance teaching science. We will use technology to dig deeper into the Next Generation Science Standards. Explore Ted Ed and other web-based resources that can be used to deliver YOUR science content. research websites to identify web-based resources to help implement the NGSS. Leanr new ways to assess if your students are learning. 

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Sunita Gupta

Come play and learn from an actual engineer about the different engineering fields. You will experience various hands-on engineering activities that can be used in the classroom to get students excited about engineering careers! All of the activities are kid-tested and teacher approved!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Laura Gilchrist

Craving some time to EXPLORE new tech tools to build rigorous and relevant learning scenarios for your kids AND become a connected 21st century educator? You'll use Twitter to supercharge your science lesson plans and connect with science educators aroudn the world. You'll use Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, and Flickr as well. Learn the why's of these tools, as well as, the basic how-to's and then help you explore them. Bring your laptop and cell phone if possible. 

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Misty Black & Maria Knowles

Tired of lecturing?  Come learn several strategies that will make you, the teacher, more of a facilitator and students more responsible for their own learning. Science is all about vocabulary; you will learn to incorporate many new ways of learning vocabulary, learn how to “flip your classroom”, incorporate POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) activities, as well as some ideas of how to go 1 to 1 with computers.  These are just a FEW of the strategies you will leave with that you can use immediately in YOUR classroom. 

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Karen Vaughn

Roller coasters are a great motivator and activate kids into focused hands-on learning! Join us for a course full of exciting experiments and activties that will connect the physics you teach with real life. Leave with applets, websites, templates, and web activities in addition to all of the hands-on labs you can do easily without owning big roller coaster kids. Connect force and motion, energy transfer, types of energy, graphing and more. 

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Betty Paulsell

Spend an evening exploring and experimenting with a wide variety of earth science activities and resources. Look at rocks and minerals, explore fossils, experience the water cycle, eat the earth plates, get shook up with earthquakes and volcanoes, and spend time on Google Earth.