Educator Resources

The Saint Louis Science Center has a number of resources available for educators to assist in enhancing classroom curriculums.

From field trips to workshops to programs on school campuses, Science Center staff members work hard to provide schools, teachers, and students with everything they need to be successful.

Let’s work together to ignite a passion for science and technology. Reach out at 314.289.4439 or education@slsc.org.

Off-Site School Programs

STEM Excellence Pathway

Gateway to STEM

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

The Saint Louis Science Center staff can help educators further incorporate inquiry-based methods into their lessons, create project-based lessons, enhance their questioning techniques and more. We’re happy to hold workshops at your school, at the Taylor Community Resource Science Center, or at the Science Center itself. The cost of the workshop is dependent on the length of the program, materials needed, and the number of participants.

To learn more about our professional development programs, contact us at 314.289.4439 or education@slsc.org.

Curious Classroom Series

For educators who wish to promote curiosity in their classrooms, the Saint Louis Science Center offers the Curious Classroom Series. These professional development workshops have been designed to empower teachers and prepare students for the jobs of the future.

Curious Classroom Workshops

Emerging STEM Education: Demystifying Standards (grades K-6)
Overwhelmed by the range of acronyms and standards needed in today’s STEM classrooms? Dissect misconceptions and investigate the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards. Build STEM skills and practice engineering design methods you can use in your classroom all while exploring natural phenomena.

Old Skills, New Jobs: Preparing for the Workplace with STEM (grades 9-12)
Do your students have the “soft skills” for the jobs and opportunities of tomorrow? Traverse the depths of career information to identify and embrace competencies for future professions. Preparing for life’s challenges beyond school requires more than just STEM savviness; it requires proficiency in interpersonal relationships.

Community Unity: Building STEM Families (grades K-12)
Discover strategies to connect creators, collaborators and communities! Examine award-winning youth development programs and the cultivation of relationships with families. Learn how to build local partnerships within flourishing STEM communities. Familiarize yourself with Citizen Science resources that are ready for your students’ involvement.

Starting Strong with STEM: Creating STEM-tastic Early Learning Classrooms (Pre-K-2)
You do not need an engineering degree to be an exemplary STEM teacher! Learn how to create a STEM-friendly early learning environment that incorporates encourages inquiry, language development, and problem-solving. Discover how to connect STEM learning to children’s literature and examine opportunities for assessment.

Dig Into STEM: Unearth Soil Ecosystems (grades 3-10)
Creatively adapt ecosystems and soil lessons while integrating standards. In this hands-on workshop, educators will gain practical applications of how soil can be used to teach ecosystems. Our team will demonstrate ways you can use the outdoors as your personal classroom. Each educator will receive a teaching kit to take home. Each kit is filled with supplies and five classroom activities to provide engaging lessons. For educators teaching third through tenth grade.

Loeb Prize

Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb established the Loeb Prize in 1995 in partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center. The Loeb Prize, which provides more than $7,000 to five classroom teachers, is designed to reward and recognize math and science teachers who significantly enhance student performance. It is based on the premise that effective teaching is the cornerstone of a quality educational experience. In creating this award, the Loebs, together with the Science Center, seek to elevate public appreciation of all teachers.

Nominations for the 2020 Loeb Prize are now open. Only principals and department heads may nominate people. Nominees must teach math or science and spend at least 50% of their time in the classroom. In addition, they must teach in grades 6-12. Educators in the following districts are eligible this year:

  • St. Louis City
  • St. Clair County
  • Charter Schools
  • Private/Parochial Schools in these districts

Please make sure you get your nominations in before the deadline on December 20th.

Send Nomination

For more information about the Loeb Prize, please contact us at 314.289.4439 or contact Kathleen.stevison@slsc.org.

School Field Trips

Bring science to life with a field trip that your students will remember for a lifetime. The Science Center offers a number of field trip packages, many of which include demonstrations, Planetarium shows and OMNIMAX® Theater films.

Become a member.

Support our community connections with a Saint Louis Science Center membership. Members bolster the Saint Louis Science Center’s ability to develop innovative exhibitions, educational programming and events that encourage everyone to discover a passion for science and technology.