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.

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Rebecca Groebe

Aquaponics can be an effective classroom tool for integrating Biology, Chemistry, Physics in a Project based learning approach. Most commercial Aquaponics systems can incur a cost above $1,500 or more depending on the unit. In this lesson you will learn how to build an aquaponics classroom unit for under $200 and leave with an example of an individualized unit for students. 

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Lauranne Hess & Kelly Bobbitt

Journey through the world of mathematics! Games and diversions from across the globe and throughout time have relied on numbers, geometry, probability and logic. You'll try eight different games from around the world, analyzing the games and developing strategies to discover the underlying mathematical concepts. You'll leave with your own copy of the Math Around the World unit guide (a $28 value) so that you have everything you need to do the unit in your classroom. 

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Sat, 11/07/2015 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Tracey Tomme, Kansas Cosmosphere

Space Junk is a real problem. There is a lot of stuff in orbit around Earth. Some things are still functional while other are not. How do we keep the "junk" from impacting and damaging the satellites we still use? We don't have an answer. Maybe your student will be the person who solves this problem. Students learn about Space Junk then try to solve this real-world problem using the engineering design process.

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Patty Dailey

NASA has a plethora of materials and resources that can make teaching physics in your classroom a BLAST! Come play with us and leave with lessons ready to teach that your students will love and won't empty your wallet.  

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Tyler Watts

Learn about the game, Minecraft, that your students love to play. Minecraft is a 3D digital world, where players can create structures out of building blocks. This course is "Minecraft Bootcamp", where you will learn its mechanics. You will also be shown how Minecraft can be used in Math and Science classrooms by participating in two example lessons, Volume of Rectangular Prisms and Mendelian Genetics in Minecraft Sheep. 

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Darbie Valenti

Participants will learn how to make their math or science classroom come alive with the use of technology. This course explores ways to use technology to increase student participation during class, help studentss understand complex processes, as well as engage and most importantly assess students. Hands-on experience will help teachers gain knowledge in how to teach the 21st century students.

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Diane Maddox

Unfold new learning in your classroom. Engage your students in science and engineering through origami and paper engineering investigations. Discover how origami is used in heart stints, airbags, satellite deployment and more. Lesson and resources provided. 

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Darbie Valenti

This workshop will provide you with many ways to get the students involved and talking about their learning, as well as introducing higher order thinking games and activities that students will be begging to do again and again. No more "sit and get". Learn to create excitement and engagement in math, science and other content areas by implementing active learning that can be used in any classroom. 

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Pat Lucido

Make Things Happen! Discover how the design and prototyping of electric circuits can foster knowledge, creativity and productive talk. Build electric systems that include simple circuits, Snap Circuit kits and littleBits modules. 

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Eric Langhorst, Ph.D.

Discover how you can use a variety of free geo tools from Google to make geography engaging and exciting for your content area. Students can use these tools to make maps showing anything from recent earthquake data to the impacts of human activity on the environment. Google Maps is much more than just finding the directions in your car! You will jump into Google Maps and make your mark in this workshop. 

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Nancy Smith

What is the "E" in STEM? Why, it's Engineering, of course! Join us for an evening of fun and hands-on learning about the Engineering Design Process and Design Challenges. Participants will come away with a variety of ready-to-go Design Challenges that can be easily implemented in classrooms. The night will also feature ideas on how to introduce students to the Engineering Design Process with literature. Engage in engineering! 

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Eric Langhorst, Ph.D.

Instead of having your students just "think" about innovation, how about putting a tool in their hands that enables them to invest and build a unique invention with their own imagination in just minutes? Learn how you can use a Makey Makey kit to unleash the inner inventor in your students. In this workshop you will walk away with your own Make Makey kit after learning how to use and create your own inventions. 

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings). 

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Karen Rogers

In this workshop, you will learn how to make regular life science content more engaging for students at almost any level. You will participate in several hands-on activities and share ideas with other like-minded teachers. This workshop will provide techniques which benefit all life science learners but are extremely helpful if you teach SPED, at-risk, or ELL students. You will not regret attending and neither will your students. 

Graduate credit is available through UMKC and Baker University ($65/credit hour).You will need 12 hours of SW courses to receive one hour of graduate credit. Payment made directly to University for credit. 

Parking is available in the West Parking Garage at Union Station. Science Pioneers has $3 vouchers for sale ($2 savings).