kansas association of teachers of science


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  • 18 Jan 2018 1:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two high achieving STEM high school seniors per state are selected by merit through an online application process to attend this amazing three week+ program FREE of charge (air travel is included!).

    The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) www.nysc.org provides an almost month-long STEM and outdoors experience like no other. This includes presentations on cutting edge science, directly interacting with presenters in an informal setting, as well as, opportunities for outdoor adventures that include caving, mountain biking, climbing, backpacking and kayaking.

    Online applications are open now through February 28, 2018 at 6:00pm EST

    Students may apply at http://apply.nysc.org 

    The NYSCamp is planned for June 27 - July 21, 2018.

    Get a sense of this experience at http://2017.nysc.org 

    Thank you for all of your help in offering this amazing opportunity to our exemplary youth!

  • 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.

  • 10 Jan 2018 9:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications for the 2018 cohort of the National STEM Scholar Program are due February 1. This program is designed specifically for middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pioneers nationwide.


    The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholars each year. National STEM Scholars receive professional development in the implementation of STEM projects in the classroom, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education, and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing. STEM Scholar classrooms also have an opportunity to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station during the school year and work directly with providers of space technology education nationwide.


    Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of applicants.


    In 2018, we will graduate our third cohort of National STEM Scholars. Each Scholar receives the following:


    • Advanced professional development on the campus of WKU June 3-9, 2018. All expenses – travel, lodging, meals – are included
    • A notebook/tablet (Chromebook or similar) to facilitate ongoing collaboration
    • A credit of up to $2,500 for technology and supplies to implement a classroom Challenge Project
    • Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference in St. Louis in April 2019. All expenses – registration, travel, lodging, meals – are included
    • Year-long mentorship and support provided by Western Kentucky University faculty


    Applications can be completed at https://www.wku.edu/gifted/nss/application.php.


    To learn more about the National Stem Cell Foundation, please visit https://nationalstemcellfoundation.org.


    If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Clark (Thomas.clark@wku.edu or 270-745-6323).


  • 08 Jan 2018 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Empower your K–12 students to imagine how future technology can solve the world's scientific challenges. Student teams can win classroom prizes, savings bonds, a trip to Washington, D.C., and more. Submit your teams' STEM projects before the deadline to receive personalized recommendations from NSTA. Register today and submit projects by February 8 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).

  • 08 Jan 2018 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The KSU chapter of Sigma Xi (a scientific research society and publisher of American Scientist)  has for a number of years given an annual award to an outstanding secondary science teacher.  One of the missions of Sigma Xi is supporting education, and we feel that recognizing excellence in secondary science teaching in our state is an important expression of this mission.

    Over that last several years we have received a large number of excellent candidates and it is a challenge each year to select only one or two awardees.  

    The award winners in the last few years were:


    2017 Ms. Jennifer Gartner- Labette County High School, Altamont

    2016 Mr. Adam Robb - Moundridge High School, Moundridge

    2015 Ms. Josephine Reno - Central Middle School, Kansas City
    2015 Mr. Gabriel Dalton - Highland Park Highschool

    2014 Ms. Miranda Forgey - Hope Street Academy, Topeka

    2014 Mr. Jeremy Mohn -  Blue Valley Northwest High School

    2013 Mr. Jeff McFarlane - JC Harmon High School

    2012 Ms. Susan Arnold - Maize High School
    2011 Ms. Brenda Bott - Shawnee Mission West High School
    2011 Mr. Dan Whisler - Sterling High School
    2010 Ms. Janice Crowley - Wichita Collegiate High School
    2009 Ms. Carrie Newdigger - Macksville High School
    2008  Ms. Lyric Cairns - Salina South High School
    2007 Mr. James Enneking - Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
    2007 Ms. Laurie Cleavinger - McLouth High School
    2006 Mr. Duke Harman - Eisenhower Middle School, Manhattan
    2005 Ms. Jan Cyr - Blue Valley North High School
    Nominations for the award (by administrators, principles, or other teachers) should be sent to me (e-mail or regular mail) by  February 20, 2018.  Please feel free to re-nominate outstanding teachers who were not selected for awards in previous years.  The simple nomination form is attached.  

    Thank you for your support of quality science teaching in Kansas!

    Sherry Fleming
    Chair: Science Educator Award Committee
    KSU Chapter Sigma Xi

  • 08 Jan 2018 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    As seen in recent news reports, teachers are spending out of pocket money to support their classrooms. Science teachers conducting lab activities often have a greater need for resources. 

    Do you have all the funding and supplies needed to teach?

    As a fellow science teacher, I am aware that some science teachers have adequate funding while others are in desperate need of resources. Little is known about science funding, and I need your input. 


    Help me document funding needs, funding inequities, and what it costs to offer high quality science instruction. Please consider taking this 5-10-minute online survey to give your perspective on funding and resources in high school science classrooms. Participants will be eligible to be entered in a drawing for one of ten $25 gift certificates to Amazon for completing the survey. 


    Use the link below to complete the survey. Please forward to colleagues who may be interested in sharing their experiences.



    Emily Cayton

    Science Education Doctoral Candidate

    North Carolina State University

  • 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 III or IV, we have openings for these representatives.  Contact Carol Bonham ; carolb@prattcc.edu for more information! 

  • 15 Dec 2017 5:11 PM | Anonymous member

    Who wants to THINK, CREATE, SHARE, and GROW? Professional Development for Kansas Educators

     Focus on collaborative partnerships and information literacy skills for  teaching students to ask and answer important, relevant and useful questions.  Earn professional development points. Have evidence of professional growth with examples of materials and activities that can be used to illustrate practice and use in schools.  Invite educators in your building.

     Plan now to attend all four upcoming events (35 maximum registration).

     Submit your registration today at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X7Z5ZVX


    2018 Dates




    January 12


    4 hours


    9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Face-to-Face at ESU

    #1 – Workshop: Cross-disciplinary co-teaching to enable learners to display curiosity and initiative when seeking information.

    March 1-31


    2 hours


    Everywhere; on your own time (available March 1-31)

    #2 – Webinar: Using authoritative sources to ensure that learners probe questions, create and share learning products.

    April 1-30


    2 hours


    Everywhere; on your own time

    #3 – Webinar: Models for leading learners and staff through the research process.

    June 13


    4 hours


    9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Face-to-Face at ESU

    #4 – IdeaLab: This conference-style session allows attendees to explore digital exhibits that showcase project-based learning and excellence of Kansas schools.

    Attend all four events for a complete learning experience that ends with examples of PreK-12 projects.

     Those registering for #1 workshop will be given first opportunity for #2 and #3 webinars. Only registered individuals may participate in webinars.

     Registration before December 22 will be given priority for acceptance. Notification of registration acceptance will be emailed as soon as possible.

     Registration fee will be collected at the door. Need an invoice? Please ask for one.

     Want to enroll for graduate college credit (LI755, 1 credit hour), please contact Kathie Buckman kbuckman@emporia.edu  If enrolling for graduate college credit, the registration fee will be waived.

     For more information, contact Dr. Mirah Dow at mdow@emporia.edu

  • 13 Dec 2017 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One day Topeka conference includes science education.  Keynote speaker is Mary Beth Tinker (Supreme Court Tinker vs. Desmoines) Applications to make presentations are being accepted from the present time until January 16, 2018.  Registration will open soon.

    Kansas State Department of Education First Annual Civic Engagement Conference


    February 19, 2018 Topeka KS

    Registration will be open soon


    Request for Presenters


    We are soliciting presentations from schools, voluntary associations, community groups, non-partisan civic organizations, and vendors. Presentations will be 50 minutes long and organized around the "Six Proven Practices of Effective Civic Learning (http://www.civicmissionofschools.org/educators/six-proven-practices). Successful presentation proposals will include one or more of the "Six Proven Practices'" and/or practical ways to improve the civic engagement culture of schools. Preference will be given to presentations that include adult and student presenters or video of students involved in the program being promoted. Registration will be waived for one adult and two student presenters if selected.  Deadline for this application is end of day January 16thSubmit an application to present at https://goo.gl/forms/xcBV5JNTNhVb7B6H3



    Request for Student Poster Presentations


    A Student Poster Presentation will take place at the KSDE Civic Engagement Conference on February 19th at the Ramada Downtown in Topeka, KS. Students (grades 6 through 12) are invited to create a poster presentation on a tri-fold presentation board not to exceed 48 inches in height and 48 inches in width. The selected poster project will present student identified problems in their schools, communities, nation, or the world, and propose solutions to those problems. The format should describe the PROBLEM, the POWER, the PLAN, and the PEOPLE.   Deadline for submissions is Tuesday January 16, 2018 and must be accompanied by an adult registration to the conference. (Group presentations are permissible provided that there is one adult registration per every two student presenters.)  The selected student(s) will be expected to be available for questions during a 50 minute session at the conference and be eligible for selection to a roundtable discussion with keynote speaker Mary Beth Tinker. Submit an application to present at https://goo.gl/forms/H6zL5l6jSo7r9viA3


    KSDE is sponsoring the first annual Civic Engagement Conference which will focus on providing educators and students grades 6 through 12 with resources, ideas, and experiences that will improve the civic engagement culture of their schools. Presenters from across the state and region will present sessions on a variety of programs and practices.


    The keynote speaker will be Mary Beth Tinker.  Most students don’t expect to be suspended when they show up for Algebra class, but that’s what happened to Mary Beth Tinker in 1965, when she was thirteen years old. Saddened by news from Vietnam, Mary Beth and other Des Moines, Iowa, students had worn black armbands to school to mourn the dead and call for a Christmas truce. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the suspensions in court, leading to a landmark 1969 Supreme Court ruling for students’ rights in “Tinker vs Des Moines” that neither teachers nor students "shed their constitutional rights... at the schoolhouse gate." The Tinker ruling has been cited in more than 6,000 cases involving students’ rights.


    Mary Beth lives in Washington DC, but travels the country on a “Tinker Tour” to promote civics education, student journalism, youth rights and youth voices. She is a Registered Nurse with master’s degrees in nursing and public health.


    The conference will be held at the Ramada Inn Downtown 420 SE 6th, Topeka, Kansas. 

    Registration includes: Continental breakfast, all day beverage service, lunch, afternoon snack, and door prizes, and will be opening soon.



    Don Gifford

    Coordinator for Civic Engagement

    Career Standards and Assessment Services

    Kansas State Department of Education


    Landon State Office Building

    900 SW Jackson Ave.  Suite 653

    Topeka, KS  66612

    Phone: (785) 296-3892

    Fax: (785) 291-3791


  • 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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