HAYS, KS - From digging for a mammoth to exploring space, educators and others can learn more about natural history in two institutes and a workshop available this summer from Fort Hays State University.
According to Dr. Germaine Taggart, assistant professor of teacher education, the courses are currently being treated as "once-in-a-lifetime" experiences. The courses are "Institute: Fossils of the Great Plains"; "Aerospace Education Workshop"; and "Institute: Natural Science Inquiry Based Education." All the courses are geared toward educators but are open to any who is interested. Both graduate and undergraduate credit are available.
All three classes must have at least 10 participants. Taggart hopes to have approximately 25 enrolled in each of the courses.
The purpose of Fossils of the Great Plains is to provide an overview of paleontology and the fossils in the region, in particular the mammoth and the process of unearthing such a specimen. Participants will receive classroom instruction, become familiar with resources to strengthen the teaching of natural science, demonstrate an understanding of a fossil dig and develop a plan for teaching the process.
The course will begin with a one-day instructional class on June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Iuka Center for Excellence, 400 S. Main, in Pratt. Participants will then have an arranged time between June 13-23 to work at the Pratt Mammoth Dig site. Then, on July 14, participants will reconvene to present lessons for the other members of the class.
Consultants for the course will be Greg Liggett, assistant director of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, and Cami Liggett, museum educator.
To enroll in Fossils of the Great Plains, contact Germaine Taggart at Fort Hays State University, 600 Park St., Hays, KS 67601, (785) 628-5847, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aerospace Eduation Workshop will be held from June 5-9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Lower Level of Village Square Mall in Dodge City. The course is designed to introduce K-12 teachers to resources on aerospace education for inclusion in their curriculum. The course will include special presentations by NASA and a field trip to the Colorado Springs area to visit Cheyenne Mountain and the Air Force Academy.
For more information or to enroll in the Aerospace Education Workshop, contact Dr. Paul Adams, email@example.com, (785) 628-4500; Taggart, firstname.lastname@example.org, (785) 628-5847; or the Virtual College, email@example.com, (785) 628-4291.
The third course is Natural Science Inquiry Based Education. It will be held from July 24-27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and on Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon through ITV. Consultants for the course are Cami Liggett and Julie Bliese. Taggart is the instructor for the course.
For more information or to register for the course, contact Taggart.
Registration for all three classes is due as soon as possible.