Research & Development Forum

Virtual Research & Development Forum 2020


May 1-3

Highlighting SMSD STEAM Innovative Student Projects
Science  *  Technology  *  Engineering  *  Arts  *  Math

Research & Development Forum 2020 – Going Virtual
May 2020 is the 58th year of the Research and Development (R&D) Forum. To honor the innovative spirit that first fueled the R&D Forum and with our new continuous learning from home model, we are launching a Virtual R&D Forum. We invite students and families to engage in activities that support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math or STEAM activities.

This year, we are calling on our SMSD community to share and showcase any STEAM related activities students are creating at home by posting on Twitter under the hashtag #SMSDRandD

Be creative.  Use materials you have at home. Think about a project, experiment, or art piece you can design and share. The focus this year is on sharing fun activities and interesting projects you are working on at home. There will be no formal categories or judging of exhibits this year. 

Anyone who has participated in the R&D Forum is invited to post reflections of their experiences. Please help us honor the spirit of the R&D Forum and make this year’s virtual forum a shared success!    

Our sincere appreciation goes to the Regnier Family for 58 years of generous support for the Shawnee Mission School District R&D Forum​.



Dr. Leigh Anne Neal
 Asst. Superintendent

Kim Barney
 Asst. Dir. of Curriculum & Instruction


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