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.
Special thanks to our keynote speakers at KATS Kamp 2018, including Dr. Christine Anne Royce (NSTA President Elect), Wendi Laurence, Leesa Hubbard, Traci Kallhoff, Dr. Paul Adams (FHSU), Dr. Laurie Cleavinger (KU), Dr. Jackie Spears (KSU), Dr. Ken Thompson (ESU), and Dr. Danny Bergman (WSU).
Here are the Ignite Presentations performed by our amazing "Never Science Alone" Ignite Speech Panel.
If you still have not completed the reflection survey, spend a few minutes to influence KATS conferences of the future:
KATS KampThe 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 featured the outstanding and inspirational photography of Mike Weiss, associate program manager of the Exploration and Space Communications Division of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
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KATS helps science
teachers be more fully prepared for their challenging job with students
in the classroom. It's no secret that funding for teacher workshops is
currently weak. If you are in a position to sponsor a teacher at the
annual KAMP conference, or to support a teacher award, we'd like to hear
from you. Check the SPONSOR link here.
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KATS KAMP - April 22, 2017
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(Revised April 23, 2018)
President: Tim Elsen
President Elect: Nancy Smith
Vice President: Elizabeth Tackett
Secretary: Clarence (Fred) Snyder
Treasurer: Brian Nelson
Past President: Carol Bonham
A letter from the president
"Never Science Alone” is our theme for this year. Our president elect, Tim Elsen is developing the program for KATS Kamp. Be sure to mark your calendars for April 20-22!!
As science teachers, we face the challenge of keeping our students engaged while advancing their scientific literacy. The critical thinking and problem solving that we as teachers encourage is touching the future. Lofty goals for a time that teachers are continually asked to do more with less. One way to thrive in this environment is to build a support system of experienced cohorts. Never science alone points to the strength in cooperation. It also points to the idea that science doesn’t exist as a subject by itself. We utilize the tools of communication, mathematics, technology, civic conscience and art to make the science come alive. At all levels of science education this interrelatedness is important! We build those foundations to link our experiences.
What KATS can bring to you is opportunities! It is invaluable to have someone with experience let you know how an activity worked for them. What cheaper source of materials can be used? Is this professional development opportunity applicable and worth the time and money involved? A KATS member can share that information with you. KATS has over fifty years of history providing this for our Kansas teachers. As an affiliate of NSTA, we have access to national initiatives and resources as well.
Your yearly dues work out to less than $3 a month to bring you access to a network of opportunities. The network of knowledgeable and caring science educators at all levels is available to you through our membership. Our conference in April provides workshops, keynote speakers on a variety of topics. Make the most of the opportunities. Bring a colleague and “never science alone”!
Carol Bonham KATS president 2017/18