Science Stars LLC was created when two dedicated educators and mothers decided they wanted to instill a passion for learning through STEAM education. Katie and Mary Kate have always enjoyed teaching children and watching them grow as learners. With a combined 20+ years in the classroom, these two still find joy in what they do through this program. Science Stars started as simple experiments in the kitchen with nieces, nephews, neighbors and their own children. The excitement and curiosity that these experiments brought about solidified the importance of exploratory education. They then took this program into the classroom, where it is now a valued after school program for many schools across the city. It is through Science Stars that Katie and Mary Kate continue to learn about the importance of STEAM education and the benefits it has on young innovators.
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Mary Kate Beck
Mary Kate graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Curriculum Instruction. She taught 5th grade for 7 years and was a Literacy Coach for 3 years. Mary Kate's love for Science Stars is its ability to allow children to experience learning through hands on experiments.
Katie graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. While teaching she attained a Master's Degree in Special Education from Pittsburg State University. She taught in Blue Valley for 9 years in both 5th and 1st grade. She is a mom of 3 with a passion for educating children. Science Stars gives her the opportunity to learn alongside children and their discoveries.