kansas association of  teachers of science

Kansas Association of teachers of science  --  kats

The Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) is the District 11 chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The purpose of the KATS organization shall be the advancement, stimulation, extension, improvement, and coordination of science teaching in all fields of science at all educational levels throughout the state of Kansas.

The KATS website has a new look and a new host.  The board decided at its September, 2016 meeting to move the site to the Wild Apricot Company of Toronto, a firm which specializes in web sites for organizations.


The hallmark event of the KATS organization each year is the April conference.  Each year dozens of teachers from all corners of the state and from every grade level converge on Rock Springs Ranch near Junction City to spend a weekend sharing ideas and enthusiasm for science teaching. 

KAMP 2017 is history by now, but make plans to join us for KATS Kamp 2018 on April 20-22 at Rock Springs 4-H Conference Center!



General Schedule -- 


Keynote and Other Featured Speakers

Jeff Goldstein:  Center Director for National Center for Earth and Space Science Education Institute

Dr. David Crowther:  NSTA President-Elect

Mike Weiss:  Associate Program Manager, Exploration and Space Communications Division of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center at Greenbelt, Maryland

Rex Buchanan:  Retired interim director of Kansas Geological Survey and author of:  Roadside Geology of Kansas: A Traveler’s Guide to Its Geology and Landmarks

Steve Barbato:  Executive Director of International Technology Engineering Educators Association.

Mike Haddock:  Associate Dean KSU and author of Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds

Chuck Otte:  Geary County Ag and Natural Resources Agent; officer in Kansas Ornithological Society and editor of The Horned Lark

Matt Miller:  Chemistry professor from South Dakota State and the conference chairman for 2017 Chem Ed.

Mike Everhart:   Adjunct Curator of Paleontology at Sternberg Museum of Natural History and author of: Oceans of Kansas and Sea Monsters, Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep

Mohling Auction Returns

KATS KAMP - April 22, 2017 
By Carol Mohling
What is the purpose of this auction? To raise money to use in
awarding a winner $500 toward attending a National Science
Teachers Association conference. We have open application time
until October 1 of each year. Access an application form along
with the criteria for being chosen, by clicking on this Mohling
Foundation link
You may contribute items to the auction, such as teacher, school
or science related items, something you make or something
someone else made, collectibles, antiques, trips, timeshares,
tickets to an event, and the list goes on!  More

  Teaching and Learning Opportunities from Paul Adams

       Click here for pages of opportunities timely opportunities posted April 14, 2017



Executive committee

(Revised April 24, 2017)

President: Carol Bonham
President Elect: Tim Elsen
Vice President: Nancy Smith
Secretary: Clarence (Fred) Snyder
Treasurer: Shirley Rose
Past President: Dixie Lee Smith
email: KATS.org1967@gmail.com

  Fall letter from the president  

Thank you to each KATS member for what you do to stand for science and your students! Your KATS board is working to expand sup-port for you in the class-room. I urge you to utilize our organization to build the network and resources that will bring about oppor-tunities for your profession-al growth.

In this newsletter, you will find more about the “Great American Eclipse” that will visible in a narrow path throughout the Midwest on August 21st. If you need more resources, con-nect with some of our ex-hibitors from KATS camp in April. Harold Henderson, from Lake Afton Observatory and Mike Ford from Banner Creek Science Center, Traci Kalihoff from Exploration Place and others. This is quite a way to start the new school year!

As an organization made up of volunteers, we strive to provide our members with tools to enhance science education at all levels throughout our state. I sin-cerely appreciate the work of each of member to con-tribute towards this goal. Join me in sharing KATS with others, as we head into the future!!

Thank you,

Carol Bonham

KATS President 2017-2018

KATS -- CELEBRATING 50 YEARS 1967--2017  

If you are a science teacher in Kansas, you belong in KATS!


Randy Brull


The Kansas Association of Teachers of Science  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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