kansas association of  teachers of science

Kansas Association of teachers of science  --  kats

Coming in April 2019 - NSTA in STL and KATS 1.5 (A STEM Approach). You will not find a more solid year for growing professionally in science education. NSTA will be hosting its National conference in St. Louis from April 11 - 14, 2019. Click here for details, NSTA.org .

KATS will be hosting a one day KATS conference in place of its annual KATS Kamp. On Saturday, April 27, take a trip to the Kansas Cosmosphere and join the fluid transition from 2018's "Never Science Alone" into a unified conference of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) that we are calling "KATS 1.5." Stay tuned to our social media for more info.

-KATS President Tim Elsen

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.

  • Region I Elementary
  • Region II Secondary
  • Region III College
  • Region IV College
  • Region V Elementary, Secondary, and College
  • Region VI Secondary

All nominations should be submitted to Carol Bonham at past-president@kats.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.

To submit a presentation proposal for KATS 1.5 (2019 conference), visit: http://bit.ly/KATS2019presentation

or contact Nancy Smith, president-elect@kats.org.


KAMP 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. 

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 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 now open! Visit http://bit.ly/KATS2019presentation to submit your stuff.

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.

Tim Elsen

KATS president 2018

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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