In order to serve children who may find it difficult to get here, we also host events in neighborhood centers around Wichita, and we frequently participate in-school programs. Each semester we embed our students in one or two Project Lead the Way (pre-engineering) classrooms in middle schools and/or high schools.
Our longest-running program is Switched on Saturdays, where 4th through 8th grade students participate in hands-on STEM activities. We hold about six a semester, typically on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to Noon for 4th-5th grades and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for 6th-8th grades. These events are free. The best way to know about upcoming programs is to follow us on Facebook. Most sessions are held on the Wichita State University campus.
SEEDS is a program for K-12 students offered through the College of Engineering at Wichita State University. The objective of SEEDS is to promote science, technology, engineering, and math skills so that young people will be familiar with the career options that exist in engineering.
About the Science Engineering Educational Development for Students (SEEDS) program
Recently, we have a new focus on teaching computer coding. We visit a limited number of classrooms each semester to teach Scratch programming. Learn more here. During 2017-18 and 2018-19, we visited 24 schools and taught 600 children how to code.
Our SEEDS staff’s primary purpose is to serve as role models. We believe children will be inspired by the personal stories of the WSU students, who come from diverse backgrounds and include first-generation college students.
SEEDS programming is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
Each spring, the library will feature 2-3 seed varieties that you can “borrow“. We’ll provided you with enough seed so that you can grow plants to eat and for seed saving. We ask that you select several of your most vigorous, fast maturing and delicious plants to go “to seed”. At the end of the season, return your seed to The Seed Library at the WSU Jefferson County Extension office or at one of our seed cleaning events.
We support a communal model of seed saving and hope to foster a community of seed savers who contribute to the adaptability and genetic diversity of our local seed stock. As we grow, save and share seeds, we make micro adaptations to the seed that contribute to the evolution season after season. Help us grow and save these seeds and become seed stewards.
We wish to honor and offer our gratitude to native and indigenous peoples who tended the seed and the plants they produced. Through their relationship with seed, they created fruit and vegetable we eat today and those seed bear their history. This connect us to our ancestors and the ancestors of all people throughout the world.
Returned seed will be combined with others of the same variety. The following year, we’ll distributed the seed to the community.