KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Teachers from all over the area convened at Science City in downtown Kansas City over the weekend for the Bayer CropScience “Making Science Make Sense” teacher workshop.
The day long event Saturday allowed teachers the opportunity to participate in hands on experiments. According to Lauren Dorsch, Communications Manager with Bayer Animal Health in Shawnee, Kansas, the goal of the workshop is to strengthen the STEM program in the classroom.
“It is really important for science based and innovation based companies, which there’s a lot of those kinds of companies in Kansas City,” said Dorsch. “The animal health core is located here, so there’s all kinds of science-based and technology-based companies that need kids to be interested in STEM, so when they grow up they wanna have stem based jobs …”
Teachers from the region met in Kansas City for the workshop, including 5th grade teacher at Douglas Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas, Danielle Winslow. Winslow heard about the workshop through a family friend, and decided it would be a good fit for herself.
“They’re outreach, ‘Making Science Make Sense,’ can work in the classroom with teachers, but also can educate teachers on doing hands-on experiments with teachers,’ Winslow said.
During the workshop in Kansas City, teachers in attendance had the opportunity to take part in various experiments to bring back to their own classroom.
“It’s really just all about making science education fun,” Dorsch explained. “You’re doing a variety of experiments ranging from learning about density – learning about honey bees and pollination – we’re doing a DNA extraction on strawberries … ”
Dorsch hopes teachers like Winslow will take the fun and creative experiments back to their own classrooms, and continue emphasizing the importance of the STEM program.
To hear the complete interview with Lauren Dorsch and Danielle Winslow, click play below: