Saturday STEM Seminars


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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.

 

DATE TOPIC
02/23/19 3D Printing is Architecture and Engineering
3D printing is an exciting, cutting-edge technology used in fields as diverse as architecture, medicine, art and consumer product design. It all starts with a digital picture created using modeling software or photogrammerty, and ends with a physical product made of anything from concrete to plastic to gold to biomedical material! Look at interesting applications of 3D printing and discuss how to get started using it!

Speaker: Lydia Sloan Cline, Author & Drafting Professor, Johnson County Community College
03/02/19 Super Bugs: The Emerging Threat of Antibiotic Resistance and the Future of Treating Infections
Everyone has probably had strep throat at some point in their lives, but what if our strongest antibiotic didn’t help at all? Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest issues facing the medical field right now, and developing new therapies to fight these infections is paramount to the survival of our species. Hear about the exciting possibility of using a virus to treat resistant infections and how tihs idea has already been working in Europe for decades.
Speaker: Justin Mehojah, Microbiologist, Great Plains Analytical Laboratory
04/13/19 The Engineering Principles Key to Designing a Water Park
Before anyone can enjoy the “thrills and spills” of a water park, detailed calculations, planning and evaluations are required. Learn about the many scientific and engineering principles that are required to successfully design and safely construct these exciting recreational amenities.
Speaker: Kyle McCawley, PE Senior Project Manager, Larkin Aquatics
04/20/19 Adventures in Engineering
Aerospace engineers are all around us, sometimes working in areas we maybe don’t expect them. We will discuss the various fields of work an aerospace engineer coudl pursue, as well one engineer’s work that took her all the way to the South Pole.
Speaker: Emily Arnold, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas

When: Saturdays, September 2018 to April 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.

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