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Steam + Social Studies = 2020 IKEducation Teacher Lab


IKEducation and the Eisenhower Foundation are excited to offer this free teacher lab to twenty creative STEAM and Social Studies teachers who will collaborate with museum specialists and education professionals from NASA, the World War II Museum, Texas State University, Ft. Hays State University, and the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum to develop and pilot instructional materials.

When & Where


9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Abilene, KS​


Teachers will apply inquiry-based learning strategies with topics that fuse STEAM and Social Studies. Participants will include primary sources from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum to create and pilot exciting new curriculum. Guidance and teaching resources will be provided by:


Steven C. Smith from NASA and Texas State University's STEM Engagement and Educator Professional Development Collaborative

Rob Wallace, the STEM Education Specialist from the Media and Education Center at The National World War II Museum

G.G. Launchbaugh from Fort Hays State University's Science and Mathematics Education Institute, Maker Space and Maker Van



Who should attend?

This teacher lab is open to 20 STEAM or Social Studies teachers from Kansas K-12 Certified schools who are interested in developing cross-curricular lesson plans to complement field trips to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Preference is given to cross-curricular partners from the same school.


Attendance is FREE of charge. A $100 retainer is required to hold a participant's spot, but will be returned to them when they complete the Teacher Lab.

Participants who complete the lab and submit a lesson plan  will receive a $500 stipend! But wait, there's more . . .

Participants who then bring a class to pilot their lesson plan at the museum and submit a revised lesson plan will receive a second $500 stipend!

Commonly asked Questions

Is lodging provided?
Participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation. Abilene has several fine lodging options.

Will meals be provided?
Light breakfast items and a full lunch will be provided each day.

How should I dress?
Please dress in business casual. The temperature in the Library and Museum can be quite cool, so you may want to bring a cardigan or light jacket.

What if I do not have a teacher from my school to partner with?
Ideally, we would like to have a STEAM teacher and a Social Studies/History teacher from the same school who plan to create lessons that will complement each other. However, this is not mandatory. We hope you will apply if you want to learn to create a cross-curricular lesson based off topics related to the life and times of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

What else should I bring?
Please bring a laptop or tablet, personal identification, an open mind, and your creative spirit. We are housed in a federal facility, so all bags are searched.

I am a student-teacher. Can I apply?
Applicants must be certified K-12 teachers who are willing and able to bring a class from the certified school at which they teach to pilot their lesson plan. Unfortunately, this does not usually fit the circumstances of student-teachers.

I still have questions.
Please contact Mitzi Bankes Gose at or call 785-263-6771. 

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