2017 Summer Pals & Quest Classes

Classes meet June 12-23, at St. Agnes

Select classes based on the grade you are in right now.

Pre-Kindergarten Courses

Penguins, Polar Bears and Seals…Oh My!

Come waddle and hop – slide and glide into the icy cold Antarctic regions. Discover how penguins, seals, walruses, whales and many more Antarctic animals live. Join us in a journey through Antarctica as we discover this icy continent!
Instructor: Shannon Yarnell, Kindergarten Teacher, Day Spring, Springfield

Country Kitchen

Have you ever wanted to become an explorer? Have you dreamed about becoming a chef? Now you can be both at the same time! Join the adventure and travel around the world with us to explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of the United States, Mexico, Japan, and Italy. You never know what you will learn next. Experience for yourself by making homemade ice cream, wearing a sombrero, dancing, singing, and much, much more. It's an adventure you don't want to miss!
Instructor: Michelle Raithel, Gloria Deo Academy 2nd Grade Teacher, Springfield

Kindergarten Courses

Knights, Castles & Dragons

We will explore the world of knights, ladies and chivalry in hands-on experiences. We will be exploring through an interesting way by addressing the architecture, science, art, daily life, music, foods, literature, and geography of the Middle Ages leading into the Renaissance. We will search for dragons and learn about discoveries from these times.
Instructor: Claire Cobb, Springfield Schools


Do revolting topics excite you? Do you enjoy ruining your family’s dinner conversation with questions about parasites, fungi, or earwax? Have you wondered where snot originates? With field trips, speakers, and experiments we will answer questions ranging from where toilet water goes to what parasites eat for lunch.
Instructor: Dr. Tara Herring, Missouri State University

Grade 1 Courses

Play Around the World

The pilot is ready for takeoff as soon as you show your passport. Get ready to cook and eat many new foods. We will create our travel souvenirs, and enjoy the traditional songs and dances from each country we visit. Keep those binoculars handy for the safaris and tropical jungle adventures. Hear those drums? It's the beat for our Dragon Dance in China. Your travel will be guided by two expert tour guides. Join us as we experience culture from around the world. Adios!
Instructors: Vicky Scott, Music Teacher Holland & Cowden, Karla Moore, Retired SPS

Dinosaurs Alive!

Dinosaurs are not extinct in this class. Excavate dinosaur bones just like a real paleontologist! Travel with us to the hillside above Riverbluff Cave to search for sea fossils and talk to a paleontologist. FEE=$20
Instructor: Mona Gist, Springfield Schools

Grades 2-3 Courses

Make cool stuff!

Do you like art? Do you like to get messy? Learn about how and why artists make art. And then become an artist yourself! We will paint, draw, sew, glue, sculpt, print, and cut. We will work BIG! We will work small! We will work on our own projects and we will work on one group project all together. Bring your ideas and inspiration. Explore your colorful creative side! Be FEARLESS!
Instructor: Donna Turner, Warrensburg R-VI School District

Toy Box Physics

What does Force & Motion have to do with toys? Join us as we investigate what’s really hiding in a toy box! We’ll set up a matchbox track course in the classroom. Then we’ll roll toy cars, marbles, and balls of various masses down the ramp. Who invented the Slinky? How does it walk down stairs? We will answer questions that you have while using toys straight from the toy box! FEE = $10
Instructor: Susan Trotter, First Grade Teacher David Harrison Elementary, Springfield

Grades 2-3-4 Courses

Happy Herps!

Herpetology is the study of reptile and amphibians. If you are interested in knowing what the difference is between a turtle and a tortoise, or whether or not snakes are really slimy, this is the class for you! We will explore the biology, mythology, and behaviors of these animals using stories, direct observation of live and preserved animals, and visits from professionals.
Instructor: Elicia Ligon, Phelps Center for Gifted Education - Scholars, Springfield

Grades 3-4 Courses

I Want to Be a Veterinarian

Do you love animals? Would you like to be a veterinarian? In this class we will look at how you become a veterinarian and what they do. We will take a field trip to a veterinary clinic to see what a small animal facility has to offer. We will explore several other aspects of working with animals. We will discuss animal rights, responsible pet ownership, and ways animals benefit humans.
Instructor: Jamie Davis, 5th/6th Social Studies, Immaculate Conception, Springfield

Grades 4-5 Courses

M3! (Mysterious Mathematical Matters)

Do you like art? How about nature? Or maybe architecture? Ancient civilizations? Finally, do you like math? Some hear the word math and panic, moan and groan while others may smile, thinking of the beautiful world around them. Whether you are a math whiz, or not, M3 could be for you! In Mysterious Mathematical Matters you will examine mathematical concepts and their relationship with art, architecture, ancient civilizations and nature. You will identify patterns in plants, look at number systems of ancient civilizations, geometrical principles in art and how all of these topics work together for design concepts of buildings. Together we will take the mystery out of math!
Instructor: Audra Uzzell, Phelps Center for Gifted Education - Scholars, Springfield

LEGO Robotics

Do you like robots? Would you like to build and program a robot using LEGOS? If so, this is the class for you! In this exciting, hands-on class, you will learn important science and math concepts as you build projects with LEGO MINDSTORMS kits. You will also learn how to write computer programs to make the machines perform specific tasks. This class is ideal for everyone, from beginners to experts, because you will learn at your own pace. In this class, you will also look at current robot technology and predict what robots may be able to do in the future. Perhaps you will find that robotics and engineering are future careers for you. If you're ready for the challenge, join us in LEGO Robotics! FEE=$20
Instructor: Erica McConnaughey, Phelps Center for Gifted Education - WINGS, Springfield