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Science Happy Hour + Unlocking New Methods of STEM Learning

  • Museum at Prairiefire 5801 W. 135th Street Overland Park United States (map)

Wednesday, May 22nd
Doors Open 5:30 pm
Presentation 6:00 pm

Dr. Janis Bulgren, KU Center for Research on Learning, KU Life Span Institute, University of Kansas

In 100 years, teaching tools have moved from using slates and blackboards to white boards and tablets, and more recently, cloud-based or online learning. At the same time, learning outcomes have changed from testing students on knowledge of facts to evaluating reasoning and collaborative understanding. These are the foundations of higher order thinking and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Janis Bulgren, University of Kansas research professor, will discuss the research behind adapting to these challenges in the classroom. She will discuss pioneering ways students can organize information to prime them for applications of higher order reasoning, and how a Google app helps teachers and students unlock new ways of learning.

*Museum at Prairiefire members receive discounts on special events and FREE tickets to regularly scheduled programming, like Science Happy Hour. To receive your discount, log into your new MAP account. If you haven't logged in before, email us at to set up your account.

**Must be 21+ with proof of ID to consume alcoholic beverages.


What time should I arrive by?
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Presentation begins at 6:00 pm

Where can I park?
FREE Parking available on the Street, Parking lot and Prairiefire Parking Garage

What should I expect out of the evening?
A 45-60 minute presentation followed by a Question and Answer session. Light apps, wine, beverages and beer provided by KC Bier

What are the age limitations for this event?
Recommended for Adults and curious young adults

Do I need to bring anything?
Your curiosity!

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