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K-State Olathe
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Olathe, KS 66061-1304

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K-12 Outreach and Activities

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 and other schools in the Greater Kansas City area in collaboratively developing, coordinating and participating in educational programs in animal health, food safety and food security.

See what K-State Olathe can do for K-12 education

 

  • Assist in the development of new programs in animal health, food safety and food 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.

 

Classroom Activities

Teachers can use the academic programs below to enhance their curriculum. Each program contains links for student resources and field trip opportunities. All resources are tied to the Next Generations Science Standards, or NGSS.  

Activities for grades K-5

Food Safety and Science K-12 Programs and Activities

The Food Safety and Science curriculum enhancements are intended to reinforce concepts in the classroom and be applied to real-world applications. Each activity provided can be modified to meet the teachers and or student's needs in your classroom. Programs cover water systems, water filtration and zoonotic diseases. 

Willie and the Wacky Salad Bonanza Contest

Willie and the Salad Bonanza is a contest open to elementary, middle and high school teams, along with other K-12 community organizations such as 4-H, scouts, FFA or other teams, interested in the scientific principles surrounding plant growth. The challenge is for teams of four individuals to grow the largest amount of Melody spinach, Lacinato kale and Black-Seeded Simpson lettuce in the same container using no more than five-gallons of growing medium over a 49-day time span and document this effort.

 

Activities for grades 6-12

Veterinary Medicine Lecture Series

The K-State College of Veterinary Medicine in collaboration with K-State Olathe will offer "Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine" on the Olathe campus. The program is geared to high school students, but parents, teachers and the general public are invited to attend.  K-State College of Veterinary Medicine faculty will be available the day of each lecture to meet with interested students/families.

Willie and the Wacky Salad Bonanza Contest

Willie and the Salad Bonanza is a contest open to elementary, middle and high school teams, along with other K-12 community organizations such as 4-H, scouts, FFA or other teams, interested in the scientific principles surrounding plant growth. The challenge is for teams of four individuals to grow the largest amount of Melody spinach, Lacinato kale and Black-Seeded Simpson lettuce in the same container using no more than five-gallons of growing medium over a 49-day time span and document this effort.

Food Safety and Food Science Program Support

Kansas State University Olathe is providing K-12 resources for education in food safety and food science. Please contact Martha Nowak, K-12 program coordinator, at msnowak@k-state.edu for more information.

Microsoft DigiGirlz High

Microsoft DigiGirlz High is designed to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry by spotlighting women in the industry and encouraging high school aged girls to think about careers in technology.

One Health Summer Online Course

High school juniors and seniors can enroll in a free, non-credit, online course about One Health. The course looks at the complex interrelationships between humans and animals, humans and the environment, and animals and the environment. It also is designed to give students a taste of what will be required to take an online college-level course.

Summer Camp(s)

The Olathe campus offers a summer camp or summer camps that center around STEM. The camps are designed for middle school students who are entering sixth grade up to leaving eighth grade.

Biotechnology Training for High School Science Teachers

Capacity building in animal health through biotechnology training for high school science teachers is a program designed to integrate animal health topics into the general science curriculum as a means to engage high school students in the pursuit of animal health-related careers. 

 


Connect With Us

Martha NowakMartha Nowak
K-12 Program Coordinator 
913-541-1220 
msnowak@k-state.edu
 
 
Laura Loyacono 
Laura Loyacono
Director of Community and Education Engagement
913-307-7384
loyacono@k-state.edu 
  

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Each participant under the age of 18 must have a completed consent form a parent or guardian prior to an event. The forms include a photo release clause. 

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