Professional Development

Middle School

The Kansas Corn Commission invests in the future by providing summer workshops, free curriculum and lab supplies for science teachers so teachers can bring lessons based on biotechnology and ethanol to the classroom. All of our curriculum and trainings are written and lead by teachers for teachers. Teachers who attend a workshop should have confidence that what they learn will be applicable in the classroom while being able to walk away having all of the resources and materials to teach the new labs to their students.

All On-Site Expenses Paid
Practice over 10 labs
$500 in Free Lab Supplies

Seed to STEM Workshop

Each summer Kansas Corn STEM hosts two workshops for middle school teachers. During the workshop each teacher will practice labs that can be used in the classroom to help students learn the role agriculture plays in science. Labs focus on corn, biotechnology, ethanol, soil and water.

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“We are excited to announce the 2023 Seed to STEM workshop dates! I hope you are able to attend.” -Maizey, Kansas Corn STEM Bitmoji

Middle School 1.0 Track

During the 1.0 track teachers are introduced to the industry with labs focused on corn, soil, biotechnology and ethanol.  The workshop includes a farm and field visit, an industry dinner and a field trip to an ethanol plant. The $500 worth of free lab resources are supplies that can be used for the labs that the teachers practiced during the workshop.  Teachers who complete the full two days will become eligible for additional supplies and continued support from Kansas Corn STEM. Graduate credit will also be available at a cost to the participant. Please review the sample schedule to see the list of labs included in the workshop training.

April 1st Application Deadline
Workshop Dates:
Salina- June 12-13
Topeka- June 15-16

Middle School 2.0 Track

Teachers who have completed the Middle School 1.0 track are invited back to complete the 2.0 track.  Each participant will practice new labs, attend an industry dinner and collaborate with other teachers about their experiences using Seed to STEM labs in the classroom. New topics will be discussed include soil and water. Once again each teacher will receive $500 worth of free lab resources. Graduate credit will also be available at a cost to the participant. Only 20 teachers will be selected and the 2.0 track is only offered once each year.

March 1st Application Deadline
Workshop Dates:
Salina- June 15-16

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