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 $20/ 4 hour course or $60/ 12 hour course.

Mon, 06/01/2015 (All day) - Sun, 06/28/2015 (All day)
Sally Bell

If you don't like the weather, you could just wait a few minutes - or you could learn more about the amazing patterns of weather and cloud formations that surround us every day. Explore the basics of weather forecasting with this online course and take away a huge amount of resources to use in your classroom. 

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit available through UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost. You will need to register with the university and pay the university directly. *subject to change

Mon, 06/01/2015 (All day) - Sun, 06/28/2015 (All day)
Sally Bell

So now we have to add environmental connections and saving the planet to our current curriculum...Seriously? No problem! Wow your students with fun lessons and exciting activities that not only connect to the real world, but also show them how everything is interconnected. From recycling to humans' unique interactions with the environment, you will gain materials and information to enhance what you are already teaching by incorporating environmental science. 

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 06/01/2015 (All day) - Sun, 06/28/2015 (All day)
Sally Bell

You may not have realized this, but all students of life sciences are bilingual. Besides their native tongue, they speak the universal language shared between scientists around the world. This language is not difficult to learn and by the end of this course you will master it. The language of biological classification is the key to understanding the vast differences existing between the main kingdoms of organisms. 

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is available thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 06/01/2015 (All day) - Sun, 06/28/2015 (All day)
Betty Paulsell

Children begin their scientific investigations by recognizing patterns and formulating answers to questions about the world around them. They have a natural curiosity that needs to be encouraged and supported. You will explore a wide variety of science activities and investigations to support and enhance a young child's science interests. 

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/02/2015 (All day)
Scott McQuerry

Did you know that if the sun were the size of a large, juicy orange... the Earth would be the size of a sesame seed about 49 feet away? The universe is a massive place, but this course will prepare you for a journey through our tiny piece of real estate within the Milky Way galaxy. Join us as we travel between the sun and our furthermost planets on an amazing ride. You are guaranteed to take away a huge amount of resources for your students.

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is available thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/02/2015 (All day)
Scott McQuerry

So what does the study of light have to do with x-rays, radio stations, and microwave ovens? Everything! This course will give you a wealth of ideas for your classroom concerning the electromagnetic spectrum. Learn how these invisible waves are vital to our very existence and gain a wealth of resources for your students.

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/02/2015 (All day)
Scott McQuerry

if you don't know a centimeter from a milliliter, your are not alone! There is no reason to be confused by the metric system, especially in the study of force and motion. Unfortunately, many students struggle with the use of this widely accepted measuring sytem. Learn to identify the most common misunderstandings of your students and how to correct them.

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/02/2015 (All day)
Scott McQuerry

A classroom full of budding engineers...what a great idea! Are you ready for your students to get even more excited about science? Are you looking for that great independent learning environment? Then this is the place for you! With the incorporation of engineering into the NGSS, find out how easy that can be AND how much you may already be doing. 

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/02/2015 (All day)
Scott McQuerry

Were you aware that it takes nearly 500 years to grow one inch of topsoil? The life beneath our feet is a very complicated and fascinating world that we rarely get to explore. This course will provide you with a host of lessons concerning the living and nonliving materials that make up our soil. You won't be disappointed by digging in to this amazing course!

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/02/2015 (All day)
Scott McQuerry

Not all acids are bad for us. In fact, if it weren't for acids in your body, you wouldn't be able to digest your food! Explore the role of acids and bases and the complex solutions they create in this course. Download a plethora of lessons pertaining to acids and bases and how these important compounds affect your body sytems. 

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/02/2015 (All day)
Sally Bell

Do you cringe when it's time for your students to indentify the difference between an independent and dependent variable? If so, then this course is perfect for you! It will provide a thorough background into the design, construction, implementation, and grading of experimental design (aka science fair) projects.

Cost: $60/ course. Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/02/2015 (All day)
Sally Bell

The diversity of life on our planet is amazing! Each species of plant and animal travel through a unique path that is amazingly similar! It may seem difficult to understand this fact, but this course will help guide you through the amazing life cycles of many species that live among us. You will be able to download a wealth of ideas for use within your classroom. 

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/02/2015 (All day)
Sally Bell

The amazing connections between our cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems will be the topic of this course. However, it is not enough to be able to identify a structure - its function must also be understood. This course will provide you with resources to use with your students concerning the structures of the body and how they work.

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/02/2015 (All day)
Brittan Wilson, Ph.D.

Use available resources in your neighborhood to assess and illustrate biological concepts. Design new inquiry based activities to incorporate into your classroom using the environment specific to your location. You will be amazed at how it will inspire and engage your students. Each module has inquiry activities and formative assessments that can be used to help incorporate these lessons into your larger units and curriculum maps. 

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 (All day) - Sun, 08/02/2015 (All day)
Matt Hermanson

Using the recent Ebola outbreak and hype as a hook, take the questions students are already asking and turn it into lessons about topics such as: disease methods, virus vs. bacteria, immunity, cells, homeostasis, genetics, DNA, cell reproduction, etc. Many curriculum standards can be linked in to this hot topic and can easily be accommodated for a wide range of grades. 

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:00pm - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 11:59pm
Lindsay McQuerry

For many educators, being asked to implement strategies to accommodate special needs and at-risk students in a regular educational setting is a challenge. In this course we will investigate local and regional resources available to educators. Information and strategies for supporting our LD, ASD and at-risk learners will be provided, along wiht sharing classroom ideas/strategies wiht colleagues that we have experienced these same challenges. This class will strengthen your personal toolbox and help support our students whose least restrictive environment is your regular education classroom. 

Cost is $60/course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit is avilable thorough UMKC ($65*) or Baker ($65*) at an additional cost, paid directly to the University. *subject to change

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 8:30am - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 3:30pm
Tyler Watts

Creative computing is...creativity. Computer science and computing related fields have long been introduced to young people in a way that is disconnected from their interests and values - emphasizing technical detail over creative potential. Creative computing supports the development of personal connections to computing, by drawing upon creativity, imagination, and interests. Many young people with access to computers participate as consumers, rather than designers or creators. Scratch is a visual, block based coding program that works like building blocks. 

Two day course- 12.5 contact hours

Day 1- 8:30am to 3:30pm with Lunch on your own from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Day 2- 8:30am to 3:30pm with Lunch on your own from 11:30am to 12:15pm

Cost is $60/ course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit available from Baker ($65*/grad credit hour) or UMKC ($65*/grad credit hour). *subject to change

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 8:30am - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 3:30pm
Tyler Watts

Never coded but want to learn how to build apps? Then you've come to the right place. This course targets beginners of all ages and starts at the very beginning by setting up App Inventor. With video and text-based lessons, the instructor will step you through building progressively more complex apps. You'll learn how to build many types of apps as well as programming concepts and terminology. 

Two day course- 12.5 contact hours

Day 1- 8:30am to 3:30pm with Lunch on your own from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Day 2- 8:30am to 3:30pm with Lunch on your own from 11:30am to 12:15pm

Cost is $60/ course (payable to Science Pioneers). Graduate credit available from Baker ($65*/grad credit hour) or UMKC ($65*/grad credit hour). *subject to change