Workshop Descriptions

Science Experiments that will send you into a Whirl!

Sessions 5: Grades 4–6

Come learn how to measure, observe, probe, analyze and examine life science objectives by doing science experiments taught by Paul Nance and by “whirling” on over to dance with Jana Shumway as we focus on the following core objectives: 1) how common plants and animals in Utah adapt to their environment (4th grade); 2) how some characteristics could give a species a survival advantage in a particular environment (5th grade); and 3) how the interaction of organisms with each other and with the physical environment influence stability and changes in ecosystems (6th grade). Hope you’ll come experiment, “whirl” and dance with us!

Jana Shumway

Jana Shumway received her BA and MA from Brigham Young University in Dance Education. She has taught dance at The Waterford School; Brigham Young University as adjunct faculty; William Penn Elementary and Calvin Smith Elementary as part of the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program; and is currently a Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University. At BYU she teaches dance education classes, contemporary technique classes and is the artistic director of BYU’s Kinnect Dance Company. Jana has presented at various art conferences throughout Utah such as: USOE Art Networking Conference, BYU Art Express, UVU Art Education Conference, daCi Utah Day of Dance, Granite, Jordan and SLC School District’s Art Conferences, Integrated Art Experiences at Utah State, SUU’s Arts Fusion and UDEO. She loves promoting dance in elementary schools and especially enjoys watching the children create and express joy when they dance!  

Paul Nance

Paul is a graduate of the University of Utah: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, 1975 and a Master of Education in Educational Studies, 1993.  He has been in education for 39 years.  He taught 22 years in the regular educational program for Jordan District.  After getting a Gifted and Talented Endorsement in 1997, he taught in the Jordan District Accelerated Program for 4 years.  He is presently the Science Teacher Specialist for Jordan District serving now for 13 years.

He has received the NSTA Outstanding Educator of the Year in Science, the NSTA Marvin N. Tolman Life Long Service Award, the UAGC Sally M. Todd Local Leadership Award, and the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Award.

In 2002 when the State of Utah State Science Core came out, he was over the writing of the 3rd through 6th Grades State of Utah Science Core Teacher Resource Books. He has presented at USTA, UAGC, UCET, UMEE, and TI conferences.  He also helped write and present lessons for the Elementary Science Core Academies from 2002 through 2010.

Paul believes that each child should have every chance to learn everyday, that they should never be forgotten or ignored.  He believes that the best approach to student science understanding is through hands-on science coupled with the integration of literacy and the arts for students to get the full benefit of understanding about our world.

Paul enjoys hiking, camping, and water skiing. His favorite pastime is traveling around Utah, visiting sites of science and historical value especially with his grandchildren.