kansas association of  teachers of science

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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.

1 Royce-KATS- Ignite Session.pptx

2 SpearsIGNITE.pptx

3 Adams_ignite_KATS2018.pptx

Thompson KATS ignite draft 1C.pptx

5 Kallhoff KATS_Ignite.ppt

6 Bergman Ignite KATS Apr2018.pptx

7 Laurie-KATS ignite 2018B.pptx

We hope to see you at a future KATS event!

Tim Elsen, KATS President


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. 

Complete 2018 program available here.


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.  

Be a KATS Sponsor

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. 

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

  Check news for opportunities available to KATS members!  

Executive committee

(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
email: KATS.org1967@gmail.com

A letter from the Past president  

"Never Science Alone” was our theme for KATS this spring. Our president, Tim Elsen is developing the  program for the next KATS event at the Cosmosphere. 

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, networking, and keynote speakers on a variety of topics. Make the most of the opportunities. Bring a colleague and “never science alone!"

Carol Bonham KATS  past president 

KATS -- CELEBRATING OVER 50 YEARS; estabilished in 1967!   

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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