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.
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 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!
KATS KAMP 2017 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
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
Teaching and Learning Opportunities from Paul Adams
(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
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!!
KATS President 2017-2018