K-12 Education Programs
While K-State Olathe's main audience is graduate students and researchers, it has extended its expertise to K-12 learners as well. The K-12 science education programs are designed to support the six Johnson County public school districts in collaboratively developing, coordinating, and participating in educational programs in Animal Health, Food Safety, and Security.
K-State Olathe can:
Assist in the development of new programs in Animal Health, Food Safety, and Security to align with the curricular needs of each school district;
Develop, coordinate, and lead formal and informal professional development for K-12 science teachers in the areas of Animal Health, Biotechnology, and Food Safety and Security;
Coordinate outreach activities, such as career fairs, family science nights, and field trips;
Work with school districts in developing memorandum of agreements in partnership with Kansas State University Olathe to meet school districts academic and program goals;
Create a bank of resources (guest speakers, researchers, faculty members, equipment) to assist in the educational needs of students in K-12 programs;
Serve on educational advisory boards in the animal health, biotechnology, education, and food safety and security areas;
Provide a smooth transition of knowledge between K-12 and higher education by providing a contact person who can navigate both education entities to benefit all; and
Enhance the quality of K-12 science academic attainment in Johnson County students in meeting the 21st century needs of a rapidly changing and competitive world.