2019 Summer Pals & Quest Classes

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! You will be in Penguins one week and Kitchen one week.

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: Shannon Yarnell, Kindergarten Teacher, Day Spring, 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

Grades 2 - 3 Courses

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! ($10 fee)

Instructor:  Susan Trotter, First Grade Teacher, David Harrison Elementary, Springfield

Grades 2 - 3 - 4 Courses

Creepy Crawlies

We will be studying reptile, amphibians, insects, and arachnids. If you are interested in knowing what the difference is between a turtle and a tortoise, or whether or not snakes are really slimy, or if a daddy longlegs is really a spider, this is the class for you! We will explore the biology, mythology, and behaviors of these animals using stories, viewing and handling live animals, dissecting a frog, and taking a field trip to the Dickerson Park Zoo to visit the reptile house.

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

M^3!  (Mysterious Mathematical Matters)

Do you like math? If your answer is yes, then you must like the study of numbers, structures and change. However, if your answer is no, then do you like art, nature, music, gaming, science, and ancient civilizations? Whether your answer is yes or no, join us in our exploration of the math conspiracy that hides in our everyday world! We will examine hidden areas of mathematics that makes our world beautiful and apply these relationships mathematically and artistically in the world around us.

Instructor: Audra Uzzell, Phelps Center for Gifted Education - Scholars, Springfield