kansas association of teachers of science


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  • 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
    Facebook & Twitter



    “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 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wow! It is all coming together.  What a great lineup we have for the Civic Engagement Conference February 19th in Topeka. Don’t wait to register. http://events.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=878


    Speakers Include Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson, Mary Beth Tinker, and Attorney General Derek Schmidt


    Breakout session topics and speakers; (More than 30 students will be joining adults in presenting these sessions.)

    Horton CEO - How we created a student-led civic engagement organization


    David Rebant

    We the People Simulated Congressional Hearing


    Janeal Schmidt

    Lew Whitson

    Senior Civil Group-Connecting with the community


    Dirk Over

    Making the connection - Using the policy debates of the past to inform the policies of today


    Thomas Fulbright

    Engaging your community through project based learning


    Corri McDowell

    Journalism & Civics: how publications classrooms spur civil knowledge & engagement


    Eric Thomas

    How Kansas Law Protects Student Journalists


    Eric Thomas

    Action Civics Supports Equity in Academic Success


    Bonnie Mills

    Creating Civically Engaged Student Leaders: It's a Process, Not an Event


    Glenn Wiebe

    Tamara Konrade

    Modeling Civic Engagement Through Student Leadership


    Jackie Bohnenblust

    Civic Skills are the answer – What was the question again


    Vince Meldrum

    Empowering Youth to Impact Community Change – It’s Important


    Cathy Musick

    Denise Scribner

    Hope That Fits


    Ranae Spangler

    Be the Change: Turning Passive Students into Passionate Activists


    Emily Williams

    The Honor of Veterans Day


    Jenna Hawk-Porter

    Paul English

    Student Poster Presentations

    Student Leadership - Empowering students to improve their schools and communities


    Patty Stuever

    Culturally Inclusive Schools


    Diane Bosilevac

    Gwendolyn Jacobs

    Civic Engagement, YOU CAN DO IT!


    Nathan McAlister

    Civil War Veterans, Cemeteries, and Civic Engagement


    Nathan McAlister

    Youth-Adult Partnership - Exploring "Why is it so difficult?"


    Melissa Masoner

    Brittany Crabtree

    Guided by a Cause - Inspiring Activism Among Young People


    Randi Stones

    Making a Difference: Actively engaging students in their schools and community

    Lara McDonald

    Round Table Discussion


    Mary Beth Tinker

    Growing Civic and School Pride


    Chris Jensen




    Nearly 20 Student Poster presentations involving more than 40 students, from 6th grade through 12th, from 13 different schools across the state from Liberal to Kansas City Kansas.

    Topics Include; 

    Recycling stations at school

    Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    Student involvement in school and community

    Community Hunger

    Mental Health Services

    Four Day a Week School

    Family Poverty

    Water Runoff/ Pollution

    Improving conditions for hospitalized children

    Safety and Injury Prevention in  High School Athletics

    Animal Adoption

    Lack of Education about the Hearing Impaired

    Student Drug Use

    Relevant Schools/ School System Priorities

    Addressing Cultural and Racial Diversity

    Respecting Military Service


    Don Gifford

    Educational Program Consultant for History, Government, and Social Studies

    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

  • 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.

  • 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

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