Spring 2020 Free Programs
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Grades: 3 to 12

Connect your students to real world experts through our free, live, interactive programs.   Ask questions.  Offer insights.  Inspire learning.  All in real time.  In our free programs available throughout the school year at scheduled times, you and your students can watch online at Educate.Today.  Ask questions and offer comments in real time as you learn from, and interact with, the expert.  

Links to our archived programs from Spring 2020 are provided below and via the thumbnail images to the right.

Our Summer 2020 programs will be announced in early June. 

We look forward to connecting again!

Archived Programs from the Week of April 20 to 24

Solar Energy: How Can You Use it at Home?
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  2 through 8
The Sun is always sending energy to the Earth! How can we collect and use that energy?  Learn about how energy is used in our homes, solar energy, and how you can make your own solar oven with common household items.
Guest Expert:  Maggie McCoy from the EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO

Invasive Species, Native Species: What, Why, Which?
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  6 through 12
What makes a plant or animal species become an invader?  Why are native species important?  From this Eco-Logical awareness, what can we do?  Explore these questions and more as “Green Jean” Ponzi shares examples of native and invasive species with a special focus on the honeysuckle.
Guest Expert:  “Green Jean” Ponzi from the EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO

Real World Design Solution for a Real World Problem:  Designing the Set for a Touring Production
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  7 through 12
Meet Laura Skroska, props master for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and find out how she answered the design challenge to create a set that could travel in a van for the company’s latest touring production.  Join us to see the solution she devised and ask your questions about how she approached the task, unexpected obstacles she faced, and, if she had it to do all over again, if she’d do it all the same.
Guest Expert:  Laura Skroska from Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Folktales from Around the World with Bobby Norfolk
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels: 
3 and above
This acclaimed performance has thrilled audiences from packed theaters to concert halls world-wide. An ever popular program, it combines myths, folktales, progressive rap, mime and poetry in a celebration of cultural diversity. This one-man theatre and comedy performance dazzles young and old with dynamic sound effects, lively animation and unlimited energy. This truly special presentation is a treat for all!
Guest Performer: 
Bobby Norfolk, internationally acclaimed storyteller and Emmy Award winner

The Art of Baking the Perfect Cookie
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  3 and above
What goes into baking the perfect cookie? The right ingredients, a bit of science, and a lot of fun! Join us to learn about the art and science of baking the perfect cookie.
Guest Expert:  Amy Joyce, baker extraordinaire

Creating Origami Birds–Combining Art and Science
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  3 through 8
It’s spring and the birds are out!  Join us for this arts integration lesson combining the beautiful art of origami with the science of nature.  Learn how to fold origami birds like the crane (a symbol of good luck) and how you can help with bird conservation through the “Lights Down During Bird Migration” project sponsored by the St. Louis Arts Chamber and the Audubon Society.
Guest Expert:  Sandy Brooks of the St. Louis Arts Chamber and the Academy of Nature and Wildlife Arts

Archived Programs from the Week of April 27 to May 1

Add Plants to Your Plate:  Easy Gardening for Kids
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  2 through 8
Have you ever wanted to start a vegetable garden?  What are some plants that are super easy to grow?  Join Kerry Stevison of the Saint Louis Science Center as we look at growing potatoes, mint and lettuce, and perhaps be inspired to try it yourself!
Guest Expert:  Kerry Stevison, Manager, STEAM Content | Community Science Programs and Partners for the Saint Louis Science Center.

A Universe of Stories with Bobby Norfolk
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  3 through 8
This performance explores the physical sciences and astronomy as it takes the audience member through story into mysterious space, exploring stars, constellations, black holes and so much more!  Bobby Norfolk skillfully engages his audience and presents stories in an interactive, high energy, and lively performance, drawing on personal experience, fairy tales, folktales, myths, and legends from around the world.  These stories of “how things came to be” will enchant the young and young at heart!
Guest Performer:  Bobby Norfolk, internationally acclaimed storyteller and Emmy Award winner

Life as a Midwest Actor
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  6 through 12
What started as a hobby during adolescence, over time, became a career.  But becoming an actor and maintaining that lifestyle in the Midwest requires more than just passion.  Jessica explains her journey and describes the process and tools needed to pursue acting for the camera.
Guest Expert:  Jessica Ambuehl, Actor, Acting Instructor, International Photographer

From the Eyes of the Artist
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  6 through 12
Get a glimpse into the studio and mind of artist and educator Byron Rogers.  Byron demonstrates some of his methods and approach in the creative process, shares his source of inspiration for developing concepts and ideas, and eloquently describes his belief in the power of art and the messages he seeks to convey in his work.  Special areas of focus are printmaking, drawing, and painting.
Guest Expert:  Byron Rogers, artist and art instructor

This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
GradeLevels:  2 and up
In Jiu-Jitsu participants often practice something called ” distance management”–the  ability to create space from an attacker.  The goal is to keep the bad guy away from you so he can’t harm you or take you somewhere you don’t to be.  Josh McKinney teaches this concept to kids as young as four all the way up to adults in business self-defense seminars.  View the video to learn about this easy to comprehend and vitally important technique.
Guest Expert:  Josh McKinney, Jiu-jitsu Black Belt and Owner of HeadnodHQ

Easy But Powerful STEM Fun at Home
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  2 to 5 and 5 to 8
Join STEM Educator Jackie Blumer as she demonstrates some easy but powerful STEM activities kids can do at home or class.  The first half of the program targets elementary age children as they experiment with a Rainbow Density Tower.  The program’s second half focuses on middle school students as they engage in a Catapult Engineering Challenge.
Guest Expert:  Jackie Blumer, 6th and 7th Grade Science Teacher and STL STEM Chair for American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Archived Programs from the Week of May 4 to 8

Cooking with Caryn:  Delicious and Nutritious
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  6 through 12
Join STL Veg Girl Caryn Dugan for a delightful and delicious demonstration of cooking with plants.  Bring your parents along if you want to prepare with Caryn because using knives will be involved.  Learn how to make hummus stuffed baked jalapeno peppers with  homemade hummus.  Find out about the nutrition included and the value of making sure plants are a big part of your diet.
Guest Expert:  Caryn Dugan, STL Veg Girl, health and nutrition coach

Cell Phone Photography to Identify Nature
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels: 4 and above
By creating the best image on the cell phone with Snapseed app and adding it to the iNaturalist citizen science app, the wonder of nature, art and science is at your fingertips.  Use the images to identify what you saw and find out more about it, all from the palm of your hand.
Guest Expert:  Sandy Brooks of the St. Louis Arts Chamber and the Academy of Nature and Wildlife Arts

Time to Weave
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  3 and above
Weaving can be complicated, but it can also be quite simple!  Talk a walk with us as we go outdoors to ‘seek our looms’ and choose some materials to incorporate into a work of art.  Learn an arts and crafts project that incorporates art, science, math, and fun!  Inspire yourself to create your own, and then send us your pictures!
Guest Expert:  Gabrielle Corley, fibers artist and educator

Meet the Artist:  King of Cardboard Justin King
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels: 6 through 12
Justin King is an accomplished painter and sculptor who has begun working in a new medium for his sculpture–cardboard.  Materials are easily accessible, and the creative challenge is irresistible.  Join us so your students can interact with Justin as he creates a piece in cardboard and shares examples of his work in painting as well.
Guest Expert:  Justin King, artist, painter, sculptor

Through the Eyes of York with Bobby Norfolk
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  4 and up
York, William Clark’s “Body Servant,” was the only African-American member of the Corps of Discovery — the official name of the band of courageous explorers whose epic journey across the continent became immortalized as the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Emmy-Award Winning Storyteller Bobby Norfolk celebrates the man named York and the Lewis & Clark Expedition with a program that appeals to audiences of all ages.
Guest Performer:  Bobby Norfolk, internationally acclaimed storyteller and Emmy Award winner

How our Immune System Fights Infections:  The War Against Germs
This program is now complete.  Click the title to view the archive.
Grade Levels:  6 through 12
Our bodies have a magnificent immune system consisting of a powerful army of killer cells and protective proteins.  This powerful defense system is primed and ready to go within a few seconds of encountering a possible infecting bacteria, virus, or parasite.  These “pathogens” try to outsmart our immune systems and sometimes succeed.  Learn how your immune systems works in a fun, engaging, and insightful program with Dr. Kathryn Tristan.
Guest Expert:  Dr. Kathryn Tristan, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

To view examples of other previous free programs, click here.