Educators receive access to print and digital resources for teaching, access to STEAM programming for adults including Professional Development, and invitations to special Educator Events.

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EDUCATOR Resources

The Museum at Prairiefire provides print and digital resources for teaching essential STEAM and English Language Arts concepts prior to the students’ field trip and to reinforce essential concepts in the classroom after their field trip. Museum at Prairiefire educators work one-on-one with teachers to counsel them on implementation of these teaching and learning resources. You can download the 2019 Education Preview, Educator Guides and Resources Here:

Education Preview 2019-20

Discovery Room Educator Guide

Permian Monsters Educator Guide

Savage Ancient Seas Educator Guide

Modern Dinosaurs Educator Guide

NSF Brief: Early STEM Learning

School Membership Program

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Professional Development

The MAP provides Professional Development on Project-Based Learning for teachers and support staff.

These teacher professional development courses will introduce teachers to the problem-based learning (PBL) instructional model and provide them with the science content needed to create a unit that is designed to help elementary and middle school students achieve the Next Generation Science Standards in various subjects. The basics of PBL will be taught by having the teachers collaboratively work through a PBL scenario during the course. Subject content will be addressed as the teachers progress through the PBL. To successfully complete the course for grade, teachers will be given two weeks following the end of classroom instruction to develop outside of class and submit a short PBL unit in the subject, appropriate for upper elementary or middle school students.

Contact Tim Shaban for more information or to register: | Phone: (913) 333-3551

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Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning (PBL) prepares students for academic, personal, and career success, and readies young people to rise to the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit.

Students work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience.

As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of doing an authentic, meaningful project. Project Based Learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers.

Dr. Kathryn McKinney, the Museum at Prairiefire’s Director of Education, received Launch Lead Teacher certification at the PLTW 2016 Core Training Institute at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Contact Tim Shaban for more information about the MAP’s Project Based Learning Program:| Phone: (913) 333-3551

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School Membership

Early childhood learning should be FUN and active! With an annual MAP School Membership our Education Team introduces children to diverse STEAM topics through our Little Explorers Club, which is hands-on, play-based discovery of the natural world - at your school. Children lead their inquiry, facilitated by trained scientists and early childhood educators. Children lead their inquiry, facilitated by trained scientists and early childhood educators.Your students benefit as access to MAP programs will harness their natural sense of curiosity, develop their critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills, and prepare them for success in and enjoyment of STEAM topics.

Plus, your school employees receive ALL the benefits of a regular 2-person MAP Membership!

Click here Learn more about MAP School Membership or contact Terri Thompson for more information about the MAP’s School Membership Program:| Phone: (913) 333-3503