Monday September 14 – How to Build a Scientist: STEM Education

september 2015

How to Build a Scientist: Stem Education by Dr. Jim Bann, Wichita State University Associate Professor

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Date/Time: Monday, September 14, 7:30 pm


Approaches to improving STEM education hinge on students understanding of some basic  concepts (hypothesis versus prediction, for instance), and providing an environment that can cultivate a search for explaining the world around us.  We’ll explore how to successfully introduce these concepts starting in kindergarten, creating the building blocks for a lifelong love of science.


Dr. Bann received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO (with honors), and a PhD from Oregon Health Sciences University (also in biochemistry).  He was a postdoc and research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, and then moved to Wichita, where he is now Associate Professor of Chemistry.  He is also adjunct Associate Professor at KUMed-Wichita.  He has 6 kids – the oldest graduated Valedictorian from West Point and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in engineering at MIT, another is currently at West Point as a mathematics major, and the rest they are still guiding along.

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