Kansas Association of teachers of science -- kats
The KATS Box returns! Last year, the KATS board put out a call to educators: bring your favorite easy-to-display, hands-on lesson to KATS Kamp and place it on our table. This was a huge success so we will do it again. Keep an eye on the KATS Kamp 1.5 program to see where the "KATS Box" demonstration tables will be located. Bring a Think Tube, show a recipe of your favorite chemical reaction, find something to show off to everyone else. No registration - just bring your stuff!
KATS Kamp 1.5 is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's Moon Landing than visiting the Cosmosphere during KATS Kamp! The early bird discount has ended, but there is still time to register at the regular price. The actual times of Kamp are being finalized and will be found on the final program on our KATS Kamp 1.5 webpage, but events will be taking place between 8am and 8pm for sure. Details are being updated on KATS.org regularly so stay tuned to our website and social media.
Outstanding Science Educators Announced
The following have been named recipients of the Outstanding Science Educator Award from their respective districts and will receive recognition at the KATS 1.5 conference.
Region I -- Betsy Lawrence
Region II -- Melanie Falcon
Region III -- Jennifer Richmond
Region IV -- Nathan Bonham
Region VI -- Dettra Crawford
Dave Chambers will be recognized for outstanding contributions to science education in Kansas.
Thanks to all who submitted nominations.
Nominations are also needed for board positions as the terms of incumbents expire or become vacant for other reasons.
All nominations should be submitted to Carol Bonham at firstname.lastname@example.org. Elections will be held during KAMP 2019 (Version 1.5) on April 27.
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.
KATS KampKAMP 2019 (version 1.5) will be a one day event on April 27 at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson. Check-in will be available at 7:30 am with the first program session set for 8:30. Professional sessions will be available throughout the day concluding with a Planetarium event at 7:00 pm. On-line registration is available at the EVENTS page of this website. Registration cost for members has been set at $65 and set for non-members at $95. If your membership has lapsed or needs to be renewed, you may renew on the JOIN US page. Link is on the main menu at the top of this page.
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.
(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. I was standing in the Science Museum Oklahoma (OK City) looking at an image of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and many others when the words struck me. Newton stood on the shoulders of giants, and so do we. The 2019 STEM-based conference, titled "KATS 1.5," will be a chance for us to see the giants of science, math, technology, and engineering. I hope to see people from all over the country and many other disciplines join us on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at the Kansas Cosmosphere. STEM requires us to never "science" alone.
If you attend the national NSTA conference in St. Louis next April, or if you have a great STEM-based idea, please share what you can at KATS 1.5. Presentation proposals are closed, but we will have KATS Box tables where you can present anything that fits in a 1 meter x 1 meter square.
Also, we are trying a new form of communication with KATS. If you use Facebook, look up the KATS Ed Chat. This Chat forum allows people to digitally share ideas, videos, and documents. We hope to see you there.
Good luck in your endeavors and keep in touch with us.
KATS president 2019