The first ShowMe Nature GK12 Research Symposium

The first ShowMe Nature GK12 Research Symposium was held at the Bond Life Sciences Center on April 28 in collaboration with MU’s acclaimed Saturday Morning Science Series. Students shared posters based on their mini-grant funded research projects with proud family members, teachers, graduate fellows and MU faculty. Staff from the Missouri Department of Conservation and Fisheries and Wildlife Service pitched in with hands-on science for children and families. Fourth and fifth grade teams from Benton, Fairview, Lee, Cedar Ridge, Two Mile Prairie, and West Elementary Schools made the science of schoolyard ecosystems, weather forecasting, sustainable energy, plant growth and animal behavior come alive by combining posters with hands-on demos. The Symposium was followed by a keynote presentation given by Dr. Marianne Krasny, nationally acclaimed leader of the Garden Mosaics civic ecology project. It was truly a day for celebrating a year of science learning and discovery in our GK12 classrooms!

A Capitol Time: ShowMe Nature Goes To Washington

The ShowMe Nature GK-12 team travelled to Washington DC in mid-March to conduct an invited workshop on mini-grants at the National Science Foundation GK-12 Conference.

mr allen in washington

From left to right, Fellow Stephanie Schuttler, Postdoc, Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Two Mile Prairie Fifth Grade Teacher, Robert Allen and Fellow, Logan Decker enjoy a moment with urban wildlife in the nation’s capital.


From left to right: Postdoc Nicole Miller-Struttmann; PI, Dr. Candi Galen; GK-12 Fellow Stephanie Schuttler;  Two Mile Prairie Fifth Grade Teacher, Robert Allen; and GK-12 Fellow, Logan Decker.

Check out our poster, “ShowMe Nature GK-12: It works because great minds don’t always think alike.”