Minimum: 12 students | Maximum: 30 students per session
Standards: Program focuses on Kansas History, Government and Social Studies (HGSS) 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.3
Discover Their Inner Archaeologist
Developed in collaboration with archaeology faculty from Kansas State University, this middle school program combines real world archaeological research with an interactive format to teach youth about the human past of Kansas.
Working from a scale model floor plan, students uncover artifacts from a real Central Plains Tradition (c. 1000-1400AD) home site located in north central Kansas. Working in teams, students then investigate the artifacts to draw conclusions about the people and culture who lived here. In the process, students practice archaeological skills, gaining an understanding and appreciation for the work done by professional archaeologists today. They also learn the important role that everyday citizens like themselves play in protecting evidence of the past.
The development of this program was supported in part from an Engagement Incentive Grant from the Kansas State University Center for Engagement and Community Development.
Offered Both On & Offsite
Designed for students in 6th-9th grade, this program is the perfect complement to any social studies coursework dealing with world cultures, ancient peoples, Kansas history, or archaeology. It is available as both a formal education program at the Discovery Center and an offsite program where we come to you.