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Saturday STEM Seminar 2019-2020



STEM professionals present highlights on their careers and hot topics in science, technology, engineering and math with a Q&A session following. Geared for students in grades 7-12.  9:00-10:00am in Union Station Extreme Screen Theatre. Registration is not required, please be sure to sign in when you arrive to the Saturday STEM Seminar. All seminars are FREE. 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
“A Crooked Path to Chemistry,” Catherine Shirley, Chemist, CPS
Do you like science but not sure what field you should consider? There are many areas of science that could be your passion, but how do you get there? Join us to hear how a direct path is not the only path or even the best path. See how one scientist's right path was wrong and how a crooked path can bring opportunity. 

OCTOBER 12, 2019
“Beauty and Brains Inspire Girls to Get Involved in STEM,” Dr. Brandy Palacios, Professor, Missouri Western State University
From Sorority sister to Mrs. Missouri to Doctor of Physical Therapy. Come hear Dr. Palacios share her journey on stage where she earned her crown. Now using her status to give back to her community, see what wonderful things can happen when dedication to inspiring others becomes your passion. 

October 26, 2019
“No Rest for the Liquid,” Kristopher Schumacher, Ph.D., Principal Engineer, MRIGlobal
Do you know what a fluid really is? We spend our entire lives in a dynamic world of fluids, from the air we breathe to the water we drink. In physics and engineering, fluid dynamics is a subdiscipline of fluid mechanics that describes the flow of fluids - liquids and gases. From aerodynamics to hydrodynamics come and experience the beautiful world of fluid dynamics from a STEAM perspective. 

NOVEMBER 9, 2019
“Self Driving Vehicles: Who (or What) is driving tomorrow?,” Dr. Alexander Richards, Assistant Professor Automotive Technology Management, University of Central Missouri
With the dawn of self-driving vehicles quickly approaching mainsteam acceptance, there are many questions that still remain unanswered. Gone are the days of the greasy technician; tomorrow will require young minds to solve problems that have global implications. Come learn about the exciting transformation of the industry and many other aspects of our automotive lives that will change in the coming years!  

NOVEMBER 30, 2019
“Behind the Scenes of Cybersecurity,” Barry Cooper, Chief Marketing Officer, Fishtech Group
Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, from cyberattacks. Hear from an industry veteran about how years conducting information security and analyzing security awareness program and how the importance of cybersecurity is exponentially growing in our high tech world. 

DECEMBER 7, 2019
“Satellite Systems and How They Support our Way of Life,” Thomas Gray, Space Operations Officer, United States Army
How does GPS work? The effect that the space environment has on our communications systems is out of this world. Join us to learn about orbital mechanics - the satellite systems: how they get there, how they stay there and what they do. 

JANUARY 18, 2020: TBD

FEBRUARY 1, 2020
“Hyperloop: In the Not Too Distant Future,” Ryan Weber, President, Kansas City Tech Council
There are taxis, buses, trains and most recently the streetcar... but what could be next for the future of transportation in Kansas City? The next feat in physics and engineering is upon us and Kansas City is vying for the bid. Think of the hyperloop system as high-speed rail travel in a vacuum. Come hear how Virgin Hyperloop One could propel the way we travel.  

FEBRUARY 22, 2020
"Developmental Biology - Forming A Vertebrate Embryo,"
Rebecca McLennan, Research Scientist, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
How does an embryo grow and form? A complex coordinated combination of cell movement, divisons, invasion and differentiation. Find out what we know with a focus on neural crest cell invasion. Learn about the types of experiments a developmental biologist performs on a daily basis to answer the unknown. 

MARCH 7, 2020
“From Lab Bench to Classroom Desk: Fostering the Love of Science,” Dr. Kenny Lee, Shawnee Mission School District
After 25 years doing research in universities, research institutes and private companies, Dr. Kenny Lee's greatest joy was in talking about research and helping teach new scientists. Research at the bench sparked the idea of a new path and after years in the lab, he is ready to pass the torch. Join us to hear how a career change is fostering a love for science in the next generation from the Director and Coordinator of the Biotechnology Program in SMSD. 

APRIL 11, 2020: TBD