The Stowers Institute for Medical Research is proud to participate in Remake Learning Days, an annual nationwide festival that aims to inspire creativity and critical thinking by bringing science to children and communities in a manner that is engaging, relevant, and equitable. This year’s Kansas City Learning Days will take place May 6 to May 16 with events centered around different neighborhoods and communities, free of charge. KC STEM Alliance will organize the events, working with various organizations across Kansas City. As part of the initiative, Stowers is partnering with Groundwork NRG, Scraps KC, and two Kansas City Public Schools for three Learning Days events to bring science to life for children and their families in the community.
The first event, What’s in the Water? Exploring Parkwood Stream @ Parkwood, organized by Groundwork NRG will take place May 7 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Parkwood Park in Kansas City, Kansas with support from the Stowers Institute and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Event activities include Parkwood Steam water quality demonstrations with Groundwork NRG’s Green Team and a fun fishing activity to demonstrate the connection between waterway conservation and wildlife led by US Fish and Wildlife Service. The final activity led by Stowers is a microscopic investigation of life in Parkwood Stream. Take-home Foldscopes (DIY microscopes) will be provided to attendees in addition to demonstrations from Stowers scientists using both light and dissecting microscopes. No registration is required so mark the date and join us for an educational and entertaining morning.
Magnified Discoveries led by the Stowers Institute in coordination with Kansas City Public Schools is slated for May 10 for two sixth grade classes at Melcher Elementary and Carver Elementary. Several activity stations will be arranged for students to observe various biological samples under different microscopes. In addition, Foldscopes will be distributed for students to take home so they can further explore the microscopic world. This event is not open to the public but is intended to inspire a new generation to engage in science and technology.
The final event, Craft and Science: Microscopy Exploration, will take place on May 21 at 2:30 p.m. at Scraps KC in Kansas City, Missouri. The Stowers Institute will provide the opportunity to observe various fibers through a light microscope and to get an even closer look at images taken with an electron microscope. An exploratory activity is also planned for participants to try and identify different types of thread found in dryer lint. Foldscopes will also be provided for attendees to take home. This is a free public event but space is limited so register early to reserve your spot.