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!
Be a presenter at KAMP 2018.
If you are willing to present an item of educational interest at a session of the 2018 Kamp, you may get on the program by completing the electronic form here. More details are available on the KATS KAMP page.
These were some of KATS KAMP 2017 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS! Make plans to attend KATS KAMP 2018!
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
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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
A letter from the president
"Never Science Alone” is our theme for this year. Our vice president, 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