KC urban advantage

KC Urban Advantage

About KCUA

KC Urban Advantage (KCUA) is a dynamic program designed to improve science literacy for under-served students, their families, caregivers and educators. KCUA is modeled after successful programs in New York City and Denver.

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Youth Science Initiative

KC Urban Advantage is a standards and research-based collaboration between urban schools and Kansas City cultural and learning instructions (museums, science centers, zoos) to collectively provide extraordinary resources in direct support of Science and Natural History-specific goals. This innovative and world-class program, developed in New York City by the American Museum of Natural History, provides professional development for educators and administrators; equipment and supplies for schools; and field experiences and scholarships for students, their families, educators, and administrators in the greater KC metro and urban core.

Hands-On Learning

KC Urban Advantage initiative impacts students, educators, and families by providing access to hands-on learning at the Museum and our cultural partners.

KCUA Students travel to the Museum for hands-on half or full-day STEM programs, with lunch and transportation provided.

Teachers receive educator materials to link field trip and classroom learning, with students receiving an all-access pass to bring their families back to the Museum.

Currently seven schools from Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City, Kansas, Shawnee Mission, and Olathe school districts participate in KC Urban Advantage.

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Kansas City Zoo -

Official KC Urban Advantage Partner

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Official KC Urban Advantage Partner

Overland Park Arboretum -

Official KC Urban Advantage Partner

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the barnum brown legacy society

The Barnum Brown Legacy Society

About Barnum Brown

Barnum Brown grew up collecting fossilized sea life on his parents’ homestead in Carbondale, Kansas in the late 1800s. After studying at the University of Kansas and participating on digs that unearthed a Triceratops and a Mosasaur, he joined the American Museum of Natural History in New York. It was then that he and his team discovered the first documented remains of one of the paleontology’s most famous subjects: Tyrannosaurus rex.