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Each year, a Kansas City-based organization called Science Pioneers holds a series of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) seminars for high school students. You have four opportunities this semester to attend one of these seminars and expand your biological knowledge. Best of all, you can earn extra credit for your attendance!
Who: Students, grades 7-12, their parents and teachers, and the public
What: Career scientists, engineers and technologists present these seminars on hot topics in science. Presenters hold a Q&A session after each seminar. These seminars are free and no registration is required.
|09/15/18||Playing with Clay All Day
Big Bronze statues of people. It’s our job to make them. The bigger, the better. Want to find out how they are made? Come see photos and hear how these timelss artworks are created, from the idea to clay to big bronze sculptures. With a little math, a little science and a whole lot of fun!
Speaker: E. Spencer Schubert, E.S. Schubert Sculpture Studios
|10/06/18||Who Wants to Be an Astronaut?
Curiosity and exploration lie at the heart of humankind’s quest to explore the cosmos but less than 600 humans have actually journeyed out of Earth’s atmosphere. We will take a look at the journey of manned spaceflight and examine the rigorous training astronauts undergo in our quest to the moon, Mars and beyond!
Speaker: Dr. Jason-Flor Sisante, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassador
|11/03/18||Get All Shook Up
What do you get when you mix Elvis, Weird Al Yankovic, and Al Gore? Eco Elvis! Eco Elvis sings parodies to “edutain” people about how to take care of the environment. His Reduce, Reuse, Recycle show is an interactive experience that combines songs and humor with trash, all while teaching about the 3 R’s, composting and buying recycled. How many pounds of trash do each of us produce each day? Just how much of our trash is recyclable? There’s only one way to find out!
Speaker: Eco Elvis
|11/10/18||The Real CSI and Forensic Science
Find out what the real CSI and forensic scientists of Kansas City do on a daily basis. Many areas of science are involved crime scene investigation, from bloodstain patterns to DNA analysis to name just a few. See how science plays a role in solving crimes, helping convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent. Learn from real cases in Kansas City.
Speaker: Linda Netzel, Kansas City’s Crime Lab Director
|12/01/18||The Wireless World
Today almost everything in the world communicates without wires. Wireless signals are everywhere at all times. Cell phones, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS are just a few of the signals you use every day. How do they work? What happens when they don’t Come and “see” wireless signals in action.
Speaker: Troy Calderwood, Vice President of Engineering, ERISYS, LLC
When: Saturdays, September 2018 to March 2019, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Union Station Extreme Screen
Why: Students will…
- Learn about real KC science firsthand from those involved
- Hear what scientists do on the job
- Receive actual career education
- Supplement/compliment the AP Biology curriculum
- Visit with scientists afterwards
- Earn 50 extra credit points for AP Biology! (Once per semester.)
Just make sure to take detailed notes during the seminar and get them stamped before you leave. When you turn in your notes, you’ll earn 50 extra credit points in the Class Work category of your grade. It’s as simple as that.
Who knows? You might just learn something.