Flint Hills Discovery Center Getting Into Archaeology

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp


MANHATTAN – The Flint Hills Discovery Center is excited to host its inaugural teacher workshop, “Discovering Archeology in the Flint Hills” on July 30th and July 31st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The workshop will provide training in two Kansas Project Archaeology curricular units, The Archaeology of Early Agriculture in Kansas and The Archaeology of Wichita Indian Shelter in Kansas. These multi-disciplinary units address Common Core Standards and complement the exhibits in the Flint Hills Discovery Center (see Winds of the Past exhibit photo).

This workshop, funded in part through a Historic Preservation Fund grant administered by the Kansas Historical Society, will provide teachers of grades 3 through 8 with engaging educational resources relevant to Kansas and archaeological stewardship. Teachers will learn about the early native peoples of the Flint Hills and gain hands-on experience that can be easily transferred to the classroom.

Events will be led by archeologist Lauren W. Ritterbush and educator, Brad Burenheide, trained facilitators of the national and state Project Archeology program. The two-day workshop will focus on modeling national and Kansas-specific Project Archaeology materials.

The National Council for the Social Sciences has endorsed the national Project Archaeology programs, as the Kansas Historical Society units are correlated with Kansas Department of Education curriculum standards. Jared Bixby, Curator of Education at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, also announced, “Two additional workshops in association with the grant are planned to be held in early 2013.”

Teachers who are interested in attending the workshop must contact the Discovery Center’s Curator of Education, Jared Bixby, to register as spots for this learning opportunity are limited. All interested participants must register by Monday, July 16th. There is no cost for registration or materials, just numerous take-away benefits:

Earn up to 20 professional development credit hours
Receive a stipend for travel and lodging expenses and receive a free lunch during both workshop days
Obtain your own copies the Student Magazine & Student Journal for each unit
Receive access to online teacher guides associated with each unit
Be provided with a set of fully developed and printed classroom materials when you use one or both of these units in your classroom (courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society)
Receive free admission passes to bring their students to the Flint Hills Discovery Center (courtesy of Gaia Salon and Day Spa

The Flint Hills Discovery Center’s Project Archeology Teacher Workshop has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, a division of the United States Department of the Interior, and administered by the Kansas State Historical Society.


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