KCUA Programs

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KC Urban Advantage provides students with half or full-day visits to the Museum at Prairiefire or its partner institutions—transportation and lunch are included. These dynamic trips feature a tour of current exhibitions, followed by a hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences. KC Urban Advantage serves K-6, including every grade level each year.

KCUA provides print and digital resources for teaching essential STEM and English Language Arts concepts prior to the students’ field trip, and to reinforce essential concepts in the classroom after their field trip. Museum at Prairiefire KCUA educators work one-on-one with KCUA teachers to counsel them on implementation of these teaching and learning resources.

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Professional Development Benefits are extended to teachers to help with their science curriculum by providing learning opportunities that bring long-lasting results. Teachers receive Educator’s Guides that highlight key educational concepts, activity ideas, and content that is always aligned with National and State Science Standards.

Additional Professional Development opportunities are available throughout the school year in association with Baker University.

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KCUA brings an extra dimension to STEAM education by extending opportunities to students’ families by encouraging them to get involved. After their field experiences, students receive all-access passes so they can return to the Museum or its partner institutions with their families free-of-charge. The pass is good for visits as well as programs for one year from date of issue.


KCUA Scholarships are available for camps and programs hosted by the Museum at Prairiefire. Participating KCUA Schools will be notified of upcoming opportunities and available scholarships via email.


Too many students – especially those furthest from opportunity – are unprepared for the modern economy and the challenges of the 21st century. 

Project Based Learning (PBL) prepares students for academic, personal, and career success, and readies young people to rise to the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit.

Students work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience.

As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of doing an authentic, meaningful project. Project Based Learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers.

Dr. Kathryn McKinney, the Museum at Prairiefire’s Director of Education, received Launch Lead Teacher certification at the PLTW 2016 Core Training Institute at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.


Partnerships are essential for building sustainable programming. The dynamic relationship between the Museum, local educational partners, businesses and schools benefits everyone in the region. We strive to provide access to partners who can provide support and additional resources to ensure students and teachers are able to take full advantage of the KC Urban Advantage programs.