Summer Pals & Quest Classes

Summer Pals and Summer Quest is canceled for summer 2020. Contact Mary at with any questions

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   ($10 fee)

Kindergarten Courses

Knights, Castles, Dragons, Checkmate! 

Let your imagination run wild with the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood and stories of princesses and dragons. Examine significant discoveries in math, science, architecture and heraldry. Explore the people, places and events of Medieval Times. Host a Medieval Faire complete with tournaments, guild crafts, music, performances and chess.

Instructor:  Gina Wyckoff, Phelps Center for Gifted Education, Springfield


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


Come learn how you are different, but alike.  Explore your five senses and discover how your brain controls all of your body functions.  We will study the heart, lungs and digestive system.  We will discover how our fingerprints are unique and only yours.  There will be lots of experiments and projects.  Learn how to keep your body healthy.  Have fun learning first aid, CPR, and learn the importance of healthy bones and strong teeth.

Instructors: Vicki Kersey, Marshfield Schools

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, 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.  ($10 fee)

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

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!

Instructor: Dee Kerr, Phelps Center for Gifted Education, Springfield