kansas association of teachers of science


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  • 28 Feb 2018 7:11 PM | Anonymous member

    Check out the latest opportunity from Kansas EPSCOR:

    The workshop will be held June 4-8, 2018 at the University of Kansas Field Station and is directed toward High School Biology, Ecology and Environmental Studies teachers.  To read more about the workshop go to:  


    Applications can be found at: 


    Tim E.

  • 26 Feb 2018 8:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DEADLINE EXTENDED! The official KATS Kamp presentation proposal deadline has been extended from 2/23/18 to 3/17/18. This will allow some time around Spring Break for people to complete their proposals. Either click here: https://tinyurl.com/KATS-presentation or go to the KATS Kamp page of KATS.org to submit. Also, the Kamp registration Early Bird special ends on 3/15/18 – get registered now to save money!

    -- Tim Elsen, KATS President Elect and Program Chair

  • 20 Feb 2018 12:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Teachers in the first years of their careers are encouraged to apply for the scholarships to KATS KAMP (April 20-22 this year) offered by the Kansas Citizens for Science organization.

    Kansas Citizens for Science is a not-for-profit educational organization that promotes a better understanding of what science is, and does, by:
    • Advocating for science education
    • Educating the public about the nature and value of
    • Serving as an information resource

  • 06 Feb 2018 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bring ONE STRANGE ROCK to your School for Free this Spring:

    From award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, National Geographic’s new docu-series ONE STRANGE ROCK is a mind-bending, thrilling journey that explored the fragility and wonder of planet Earth–one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe. This earth science series is narrated by actor Will Smith and features perspectives from 10 astronauts on the wonders of Earth as seen from space.


    National Geographic is making the first episode available for free preview screenings in high schools, colleges, and after-school programs nationwide before the international broadcast premiere on March 26th, 2018.

    Sign up here to request a free preview screening of ONE STRANGE ROCK!


    Participating schools will receive a confirmation email and we’ll send you a DVD two weeks before your screening.

    Learn more about the series on our website and please let us know if you have any questions. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your colleagues as well.


  • 06 Feb 2018 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Competition Information
    Each year, the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

    ·          The 2018 ChallengeSolving Climate Change” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the many problems associate with climate change.

    ·          Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal.

    ·          No limit to the number of teams per school!

    ·          There is no entry fee.

    ·          Online registration is open here!

    o    Deadline to register is March 16, 2018

    ·          First Round Paper Submissions are due April 13, 2018.

    ·          10 Finalist Teams will be selected, given a $200 (USD) stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.

    ·          Finalists compete for the $10,000 (USD) grand prize and a ‘Continued Mentorship’

    ·          Final event to happen at Stony Brook University, New York, USA July 12, 2018!


    How can your students get involved?

    To help bring the Clean Tech Competition to your organization’s students, we ask that you share information about this opportunity with students, fellow educators, and parents. Feel free to distribute the following informational documents:

    ·          2018 Competition Flyer

    ·          How the Clean Tech Competition is an Application of Project-Based Learning

    ·          2018 Student Outreach Flyer


    If you have any questions regarding the competition details, or how to incorporate the competition into your curriculum, please contact us. We look forward to having participants representing Kansas in the Clean Tech Competition this year and in years to come!



    Contact Information

    Competition Administrator: Mr. Frank DiGiovanni     * Email: cleantech@cstl.org

    ( Phone: +1-516-764-0045
    : Website: www.cleantechcompetition.org
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    “From young minds come fresh solutions”



  • 31 Jan 2018 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Association of Biology Teachers is a group of current and former educators interested in advancing the practice of science teaching within and beyond the borders of the state of Kansas. Each year we work with the National Association of Biology Teachers to honor a state biology teacher with the Kansas Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. We are accepting nominations for the 2018 recipient and we hope your district will choose a nominee.


    OBTA recipients are special guests of Carolina Biology Supply Company at the Honors Luncheon held at the NABT Professional Development Conference (San Diego, November 8-11, 2018), receive gift certificates from Carolina Biological Supply Company, have a travel stipend to defray costs of attending the NABT National Conference, and award certificates plus a complimentary one-year membership from NABT.


    Email the director with your district nominee’s contact information (kluthek12@gmail.com). The director will send your nominee the application requirements.


    Kansas teachers do great work. Please help us recognize that good work with this award.


    Kelly Kluthe

    KS OBTA Director

    Olathe West High School

  • 31 Jan 2018 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are preparing for or just beginning your teaching career, let the KATS organization pay your registration costs and a year of membership for this years KATS conference.  The application form is available here.

  • 10 Jan 2018 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge
    MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge (http://m3challenge.siam.org) is the new name of the prestigious Internet-based competition known for providing a pinnacle high school experience for juniors and seniors and inspiring them to pursue STEM majors and careers. Now sponsored by leading software developer MathWorks, the contest is free and open to all U.S. students, and will award top teams this year with $100,000 in scholarships toward the pursuit of higher education. M3 Challenge has given more than one million dollars in scholarships to date and has been endorsed by the NASSP since 2010.
    Challenge weekend is set for March 2-5, 2018. Registration is open now through Friday, February 23, at 4 p.m. EST sharp!
    Working in teams of three to five, participants come up with their best solution to an open-ended, math-modeling problem focused on a realistic issue in just 14 hours. Complete details, rules, and practice problems, as well as a free downloadable handbook on getting started with math modeling are available at http://M3Challenge.siam.org.
    If you would like more information about the Challenge or posters to distribute to your organizations or colleagues, please send a request with due date and shipping address to m3challenge@siam.org.

  • 04 Jan 2018 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are an elementary school teacher that wants to make a difference and teach in region IV, we have opening for this area.  Contact Carol Bonham ; carolb@prattcc.edu for more information! 

  • 01 Dec 2017 10:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching:

    The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year. Applications for teachers of grades K-6 are now open. Applications must be completed by May 1, 2018. KSDE support resources can be found here.


    Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators:

    The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms & teaching methods. Applications are due by March 1, 2018.


    U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools:

    This prestigious award is given to select schools across the nation that the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognizes as schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (Department) effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide aim to increase energy independence and economic security. Applications are due by January 10, 2018.


    Other K-12 Science Educator Grants, Scholarships, and Award Opportunities:

    The National Science Teachers Association posts many other opportunities that are searchable by monthly deadlines, grants/fellowships, awards/competitions, and more. You can find their free site here.

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P.O. Box 780899

Wichita KS 67278

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